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17 of Tribeca’s Top Places to Dine

Find everything from speakeasy-style sushi and ramen joints to several French bistros and breakfast classics

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Over the past two decades or so, the loft-filled, Hudson River-adjacent neighborhood of Tribeca has utterly transformed — the number of extremely luxurious apartments, celebrity inhabitants, and thus excellent restaurants, have all exponentially increased. Thanks in part to the latter two additions to the area, dining around here is best enjoyed with deep pockets and/or expense accounts, but there are some lower-priced options, too.

The range of cuisines, many housed in special-feeling spaces, has become pretty impressive: There are French brasseries both comfortingly traditional and delightfully unconventional; difficult-to-find Laotian cuisine; multiple lowkey Italian joints; and both Korean barbecue and karaoke far south of Koreatown. Ahead, 17 savvy places to enjoy a delicious meal in Tribeca.

Note: Restaurants on this map are arranged geographically, from north to south.

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China Blue

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Expect upscale Shanghai cuisine that goes far beyond great soup dumplings at China Blue, the second project from the team behind Midtown’s Sichuan-leaning Cafe China. Consider ordering the crispy skin-on eel, lion’s head meatball, and some soup dumplings. The prices are higher and the portions smaller than Chinatown spots serving the same cuisine, but the quality and ambiance are high; the space channels Shanghai circa the 1930s.

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The Greek

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Located in a quiet northwestern pocket of the neighborhood, this Michelin star-holding spot serves up upscale Greek fare in an environment that isn’t super-fusty. The menu sticks to traditional Grecian classics, like moussaka, shrimp saganaki, a mixed grill for two that’s packed with loukaniko pork sausage, chicken souvlaki, lamb chops, and burger-esque beef bifteki. There’s also an entirely Greek wine list.

Sushi Azabu

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This not-so-secret sushi speakeasy is nestled in a snug space below Japanese restaurant Daruma-Ya. High-quality fish flown in daily from Japan is featured in traditional-leaning omakase, as well as in a la carte nigiri and maki. Four omakase varieties are offered at the sushi bar, running from $120 to $210 per person, gratuities included, while table service is a la carte.

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Pepolino

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This romantic Italian spot just south of Canal Street is tucked into a quaint space that feels like a Tuscan farmhouse. Start with the seared octopus or shelled mussels swimming in a butter sauce, and move onto one of the strong pasta options. The restaurant’s name refers to a specific variety of thyme, and accordingly, the kitchen utilizes lots fresh herbs in its Tuscan cooking.

Smith & Mills

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Located inside a beautiful old carriage house, Smith & Mills serves up a brief menu of shareable small plates, like smoked whitefish toast and chicken meatballs, with a few entree-sized dishes like steamed mussels and a burger. It’s a solid pick for a drinks date that might involve a snack or two; just note that it’s walk-in only. Owners and childhood friends Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein also run Yves, located next door to Smith & Mills, and the erstwhile Soho spot Navy.

Locanda Verde

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This perpetually popular Andrew Carmellini-helmed restaurant serves up satisfying Italian fare in a large corner space. There’s a strong power breakfast (and lunch) crowd, dining on zucchini frittatas and standout lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes. Homemade pasta is a strong suit here; there’s also a tasty Piedmontese-style steak tartare with hazelnuts and black truffles. Dessert is definitely worth checking out, too.

The high-ceilinged interior of Locanda Verde, with tall windows looking out onto the street. Photo by Daniel Krieger

Bubby's

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A Tribeca classic, for good reason: Bubby’s serves fancy comfort food, including decadent pancakes, a solid matzah ball soup, and a great burger, plus topnotch pies. Prices are definitely steeper than at a diner, but the sunny, welcoming space and high-quality ingredients are a step above. There’s also a location in the Meatpacking area.

Frenchette

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Chef-owners Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson are veterans of iconic Keith McNally spots Balthazar and Pastis, and with Frenchette, the duo has created a super-hot, evolved take on the traditional French brasserie experience. Highlights include appetizers like veal tongue and mackerel, both thinly sliced, the guinea hen, and a duck frites entrée, as well as two-person dishes like roast chicken and dry-aged cote de boeuf. Another surprising (and surprisingly affordable) item is the $7 baloney sandwich, constructed from mortadella and grated cheese. Don’t miss the “brilliant,” all-natural wine list. Bar seating up-front will be easier to nab, but don’t be surprised by a wait even there.

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Bâtard

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Chef and partner Markus Glocker has amassed a glowing three-star Times review and a Michelin star for relatively affordable, French-focused, fine-dining restaurant Batard, opened with major Tribeca restaurateur Drew Nieporent. Choose between two courses for $59, three courses for $79, or four courses for $95, with at least five options to select from for each course. On Mondays, the restaurant waives its corkage fee, making a fancy BYOB tasting menu meal a reality.

Max Restaurant

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A cozy bi-level space houses this charming Italian spot, which is equally suited to a romantic, no-reservation-needed date spot or group catch-up. The pastas are the move, many of which feature housemade noodles, like the lasagna or squid ink spaghetti with shrimp. Most dishes are less than $20, which is a relative bargain for the neighborhood.

The Odeon

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This Keith McNally (Balthazar, Minetta Tavern) institution endured throughout the ’90s as a Tribeca hotspot, back when there were very few dining options in the neighborhood. Its cool quotient has mellowed out some over the years, and McNally is no longer involved, but it’s still a solid choice at any time of day or night, decked out with brasserie interiors and and nice sidewalk seating on picturesque West Broadway. The menu ranges from classic bistro — steak tartare, French onion soup, mussels frites — to more modern dishes such as a purple sticky rice vegetable bowl and a baby kale Caesar salad. The Odeon also makes for a great group meal, whether for a work team outing or multigenerational birthday dinner.

Arcade Bakery

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Tucked inside a circa-1920s office building’s ornate arcade, the scent of fresh-baked bread wafting throughout, Arcade Bakery serves excellent baguettes, croissants, pizzas, and more. Owner Roger Gural is a former television producer with an affinity for making his own breads and pizzas, which led to a total career shift that’s involved stints at Bouley Bakery, Amy’s Bread, Almondine, and Bouchon Bakery. The narrow space contains a number of unique pull-down tables and deep shelf-like seating on which to perch.

At Marc Forgione’s Laotian restaurant, there’s a tightly edited menu of small and large plates. The Southeast Asian spread from chef Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader — he’s Laotian by lineage and raised in Kansas — includes bamboo-grilled quail, crunchy coconut rice with spicy sausage, and chili prawns with ginger scallion toast. Khe-Yo serves brunch, too, offering some unexpected and well-priced morning fare like char siu pork or hen of the woods mushroom banh mi, sausage-filled fried rice or omelet, and a range of customizable market bowls.

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The Noodle Bar at Brushstroke

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In December 2017, this ramen bar took over the 14-seat space formerly occupied by kaiseki restaurant Brushstroke’s ultra-successful omakase, Ichimura. The Noodle Bar was created in tandem by executive chef Isao Yamada and ramen chef Kyoji Noda, both of whom hail from Fukuoka, the birthplace of creamy, very porcine tonkotsu ramen. Beyond a faithful take on tonkotsu, there’s duck ramen and lobster ramen on offer, plus surprises like soba served with jamón Ibérico and cherrystone clams or cold udon topped with sashimi.

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Takahachi Tribeca

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Here’s where to find fresh sushi that’s far more affordable and less scene-y than the most famous of Tribeca sushi stalwarts, Nobu, which is now a few blocks further south after moving to Fulton Street in 2017. Takahachi offers solid, under-$20 lunch specials, which come with soup, salad, and two sides that rotate daily. Skip the overwrought special rolls in favor of sashimi and other straightforward preparations of seafood. Swing by nearby Takahachi Bakery for delicate matcha crepe cakes and inexpensive sashimi-topped salads during the daytime. There’s also another location of Takahachi in Alphabet City.

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Blaue Gans

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This casual, pubby Austrian-German spot comes courtesy of chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, who also runs Wallsé and Upholstery Store in the West Village, and Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Gallery. A range of schnitzels and slew of sausages are highlights. The space is filled with a plethora of posters and a collection of geese and duck figurines — fitting since the restaurant’s name means Blue Goose — and lively sidewalk seating when it’s nice out. Also of note: the well-priced Austrian wine list.

Gunbae Tribeca

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This lively Korean barbecue spot offers up a satisfying mix of meats to grill at the table, like brisket and short ribs, and also less expected proteins like 28-day dry-aged ribeye, pork belly (served plain or coated with black pepper), and filet mignon. Also check out the wide range of bibimbap varieties on offer, as well as Korean stews, and more modern creations such as wagyu kimchi fried rice. Indecisive about the slew of meats on offer? Opt for the $119 menu that feeds three-to-four people and comes with four types of meat and a range of sides and appetizers. Downstairs, there are private karaoke rooms for belting out a couple tracks after the meaty feast. Gunbae also regularly offers half-price “ban-gap” specials where a specific meat is half off on a certain date.

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China Blue

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Expect upscale Shanghai cuisine that goes far beyond great soup dumplings at China Blue, the second project from the team behind Midtown’s Sichuan-leaning Cafe China. Consider ordering the crispy skin-on eel, lion’s head meatball, and some soup dumplings. The prices are higher and the portions smaller than Chinatown spots serving the same cuisine, but the quality and ambiance are high; the space channels Shanghai circa the 1930s.

Photo via China Blue/Facebook

The Greek

Located in a quiet northwestern pocket of the neighborhood, this Michelin star-holding spot serves up upscale Greek fare in an environment that isn’t super-fusty. The menu sticks to traditional Grecian classics, like moussaka, shrimp saganaki, a mixed grill for two that’s packed with loukaniko pork sausage, chicken souvlaki, lamb chops, and burger-esque beef bifteki. There’s also an entirely Greek wine list.

Sushi Azabu

Sushi Azabu Photo via Sushi Azabu/Facebook

This not-so-secret sushi speakeasy is nestled in a snug space below Japanese restaurant Daruma-Ya. High-quality fish flown in daily from Japan is featured in traditional-leaning omakase, as well as in a la carte nigiri and maki. Four omakase varieties are offered at the sushi bar, running from $120 to $210 per person, gratuities included, while table service is a la carte.

Sushi Azabu Photo via Sushi Azabu/Facebook

Pepolino

This romantic Italian spot just south of Canal Street is tucked into a quaint space that feels like a Tuscan farmhouse. Start with the seared octopus or shelled mussels swimming in a butter sauce, and move onto one of the strong pasta options. The restaurant’s name refers to a specific variety of thyme, and accordingly, the kitchen utilizes lots fresh herbs in its Tuscan cooking.

Smith & Mills

Located inside a beautiful old carriage house, Smith & Mills serves up a brief menu of shareable small plates, like smoked whitefish toast and chicken meatballs, with a few entree-sized dishes like steamed mussels and a burger. It’s a solid pick for a drinks date that might involve a snack or two; just note that it’s walk-in only. Owners and childhood friends Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein also run Yves, located next door to Smith & Mills, and the erstwhile Soho spot Navy.

Locanda Verde

The high-ceilinged interior of Locanda Verde, with tall windows looking out onto the street. Photo by Daniel Krieger

This perpetually popular Andrew Carmellini-helmed restaurant serves up satisfying Italian fare in a large corner space. There’s a strong power breakfast (and lunch) crowd, dining on zucchini frittatas and standout lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes. Homemade pasta is a strong suit here; there’s also a tasty Piedmontese-style steak tartare with hazelnuts and black truffles. Dessert is definitely worth checking out, too.

The high-ceilinged interior of Locanda Verde, with tall windows looking out onto the street. Photo by Daniel Krieger

Bubby's

A Tribeca classic, for good reason: Bubby’s serves fancy comfort food, including decadent pancakes, a solid matzah ball soup, and a great burger, plus topnotch pies. Prices are definitely steeper than at a diner, but the sunny, welcoming space and high-quality ingredients are a step above. There’s also a location in the Meatpacking area.

Frenchette

Frenchette’s bar with red stools and red booths alongside Photo by Alex Staniloff

Chef-owners Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson are veterans of iconic Keith McNally spots Balthazar and Pastis, and with Frenchette, the duo has created a super-hot, evolved take on the traditional French brasserie experience. Highlights include appetizers like veal tongue and mackerel, both thinly sliced, the guinea hen, and a duck frites entrée, as well as two-person dishes like roast chicken and dry-aged cote de boeuf. Another surprising (and surprisingly affordable) item is the $7 baloney sandwich, constructed from mortadella and grated cheese. Don’t miss the “brilliant,” all-natural wine list. Bar seating up-front will be easier to nab, but don’t be surprised by a wait even there.

Frenchette’s bar with red stools and red booths alongside Photo by Alex Staniloff

Bâtard

Chef and partner Markus Glocker has amassed a glowing three-star Times review and a Michelin star for relatively affordable, French-focused, fine-dining restaurant Batard, opened with major Tribeca restaurateur Drew Nieporent. Choose between two courses for $59, three courses for $79, or four courses for $95, with at least five options to select from for each course. On Mondays, the restaurant waives its corkage fee, making a fancy BYOB tasting menu meal a reality.

Max Restaurant

A cozy bi-level space houses this charming Italian spot, which is equally suited to a romantic, no-reservation-needed date spot or group catch-up. The pastas are the move, many of which feature housemade noodles, like the lasagna or squid ink spaghetti with shrimp. Most dishes are less than $20, which is a relative bargain for the neighborhood.

The Odeon

This Keith McNally (Balthazar, Minetta Tavern) institution endured throughout the ’90s as a Tribeca hotspot, back when there were very few dining options in the neighborhood. Its cool quotient has mellowed out some over the years, and McNally is no longer involved, but it’s still a solid choice at any time of day or night, decked out with brasserie interiors and and nice sidewalk seating on picturesque West Broadway. The menu ranges from classic bistro — steak tartare, French onion soup, mussels frites — to more modern dishes such as a purple sticky rice vegetable bowl and a baby kale Caesar salad. The Odeon also makes for a great group meal, whether for a work team outing or multigenerational birthday dinner.

Arcade Bakery

Tucked inside a circa-1920s office building’s ornate arcade, the scent of fresh-baked bread wafting throughout, Arcade Bakery serves excellent baguettes, croissants, pizzas, and more. Owner Roger Gural is a former television producer with an affinity for making his own breads and pizzas, which led to a total career shift that’s involved stints at Bouley Bakery, Amy’s Bread, Almondine, and Bouchon Bakery. The narrow space contains a number of unique pull-down tables and deep shelf-like seating on which to perch.

Khe-Yo

At Marc Forgione’s Laotian restaurant, there’s a tightly edited menu of small and large plates. The Southeast Asian spread from chef Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader — he’s Laotian by lineage and raised in Kansas — includes bamboo-grilled quail, crunchy coconut rice with spicy sausage, and chili prawns with ginger scallion toast. Khe-Yo serves brunch, too, offering some unexpected and well-priced morning fare like char siu pork or hen of the woods mushroom banh mi, sausage-filled fried rice or omelet, and a range of customizable market bowls.

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The Noodle Bar at Brushstroke

Noodle Bar at Brushstroke Photo via Brushstroke

In December 2017, this ramen bar took over the 14-seat space formerly occupied by kaiseki restaurant Brushstroke’s ultra-successful omakase, Ichimura. The Noodle Bar was created in tandem by executive chef Isao Yamada and ramen chef Kyoji Noda, both of whom hail from Fukuoka, the birthplace of creamy, very porcine tonkotsu ramen. Beyond a faithful take on tonkotsu, there’s duck ramen and lobster ramen on offer, plus surprises like soba served with jamón Ibérico and cherrystone clams or cold udon topped with sashimi.

Noodle Bar at Brushstroke Photo via Brushstroke

Takahachi Tribeca

Photo via Takahachi Tribeca/Yelp

Here’s where to find fresh sushi that’s far more affordable and less scene-y than the most famous of Tribeca sushi stalwarts, Nobu, which is now a few blocks further south after moving to Fulton Street in 2017. Takahachi offers solid, under-$20 lunch specials, which come with soup, salad, and two sides that rotate daily. Skip the overwrought special rolls in favor of sashimi and other straightforward preparations of seafood. Swing by nearby Takahachi Bakery for delicate matcha crepe cakes and inexpensive sashimi-topped salads during the daytime. There’s also another location of Takahachi in Alphabet City.

Photo via Takahachi Tribeca/Yelp

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