The sister restaurant to Takahachi in the East Village, the Tribeca outpost is a heralded by regulars for being casual and down-to-earth in a sea of Tribeca pomp and circumstance. Not only is the sushi here relatively affordable, it's also high-quality and incredibly fresh. Unlike many other sushi restaurants, the non-sushi dishes also earn their spot at the table. Regulars rave about the green tea crepe cake, udon and shrimp dumplings. While you'll likely wait for a table at dinner, the lunch specials are worthy of their own praise: for under $20 you get an entree, soup, salad and two rotating sides.
When you say the words Tribeca and Indian food, Benares isn't the first place that pops into people's minds...but it should be. Though not as glitzy as Tamarind, the other Indian spot on this list, the food is every bit as good. The robust menu is almost overwhelming, and you certainly won't go wrong asking your server or the manager to choose for you. That said, don't skip the butter chicken or the saag paneer, both stand-out options that deserve your attention. The oversized tandoori prawns also don't disappoint, nor does the Atom Bomb, a gluten-free chocolate lava cake topped with rose petal ice cream.
Korean barbecue has taken NYC by storm in recent years, and those looking to satisfy their craving would do well at Gunbae. The menu features the cuts you'd expect, including ribeye, brisket, pork belly, filet and wagyu. If you're coming with at least 2 or 3 friends, the BBQ combo is the way to go with banchans, egg hot pot, ssam jang, kimchi jji gae and fried dumplings, plus a collection of the aforementioned meat options. Post dinner, slink to the basement, order a round of specialty Korean beer or soju and dust off your vocal chords with some hard-hitting karaoke.
An institution in the TriBeCa dining scene, Bubby's is synonymous with brunch. It makes sense that it'd be known for sweet stuff considering this neighborhood staple set up shop in 1990 as a pie company. Years later and it's expanded to both the High Line and Japan (random, yeah?) to pedal its delicious fare to the masses. It may also be one of the only places in town with a dedicated "Midnight Brunch" menu. Served from Thursday - Saturday, 11pm-7am, Bubby's spectacular late night grub includes everything from buffalo wings and nachos to huevos rancheros and Bubby's burgers, butchered in-house and double ground daily.
There's been an invasion of Australian cafes hitting NYC in recent years, but given the Aussie's dedication to coffee, no one is complaining. Two Hands falls squarely into this happy place. With two outposts (the other one's in Nolita), this spot is open every day except for Christmas and Thanksgiving, giving you plenty of chances to give them a try. When you arrive, opt for one of the expertly crafted espresso drinks and a bite from the curated breakfast menu, which features (what else?) avocado toast, housemade granola and a smattering of plates and bowls filled with healthy, eggy goodness.
New to the neighborhood in 2015, Belle Reve is already making a name for itself. With quotes from Hunter S. Thompson on the menu, you can tell this cocktail bar-restaurant doesn't take itself too seriously, though what's coming out of the kitchen and from behind the bar is still worthy of professional praise. Opened by a former Employees Only founder, Belle Reve delivers on the classics with a twist. Expect live music and American staples done right: raw steak with Worcestershire chips, Big Easy BBQ shrimp, and a veg-grain menu that will have the token vegan in your crew crying out for more. As for libations, you can't go wrong with house specials like The Grandpa, a concoction of dark rum, orgeat, Cointreau and Prosecco, finished off with bitters.
Set in a corner art deco building, Tamarind's TriBeCa branch oozes opulence. From the white tablecloths to the window-walled bars, this isn't your typical Indian restaurant. A tandoor kitchen shares space with the bi-level dining area, where waiters scurry up steps to deliver dishes that draw influence from all areas of India. Raj-Kachori, a chickpea flour patty and specialty from Calcutta, may pave the way for a Goan favorite: prawns in coconut sauce with mustard seed, cumin and curry leaves. While this spot did lose its Michelin star in 2015, regulars say the food and service are still top-notch. We don't hesitate to recommend you visit.
Tucked into TriBeCa, Locanda Verde has been delighting Italian food lovers since it opened its doors in 2009. A rustic ease is prevalent in the decor and the menu, which features casual basics like sheep's milk ricotta with sea salt and herbs on chunks of wood-fired peasant bread, to lamb meatball sliders, to squid ink linguini with manila clams, soppressata, garlic and shishito peppers. The vibe here - along with the crowd - is downtown cool, the high heeled fashionistas and established young professionals clinking glasses of vino against a brick-walled backdrop. An Italian taverna dropped into a New York postcard, this Italian joint is worth every penny.
Maman reminds you of the demure French girl with the beautiful accent and shy smile. It's the decor that gets your first - understated and quaint, it's perfect for a lazy Saturday morning, or a leisurely weekday lunch. The food is locally sourced and draws inspiration from France with breakfast staples like a pastry basket and the croque "maman" with ham, cheese and béchamel sauce. Snuggle up with a cutie on one of the back couches. Or, if you're in a hurry, the cafe is open earlier for coffee, croissants and flaky quiches that are somehow rich and flaky, all at once.