Like the neighborhood itself, Tribeca’s restaurants run the gamut from modest to the ultimate in sophistication. There are diners like Bubby’s where you can bring the whole family for matzo ball soup, meatloaf, and homemade pies; there are also three Michelin-star restaurants—Atera, Bâtard, and Jungsik. Living in Tribeca means you never have to cook if you don’t want to.
When it opened in 1980, The Odeon was a Tribeca pioneer; back then, the neighborhood all but rolled up its sidewalks after dark. The restaurant quickly became better known for its starry clientele than its food. But while many of the bold-faced names who frequented the restaurant are gone—John Belushi, Andy Warhol, Tom Wolfe—the Odeon remains, still producing artful (but never pretentious) takes on modern-day comfort food. If you want to grab a croque monsieur with prosciutto di Parma, moules frites with saffron cream, or pan-seared Faroe Island salmon with chickpea stew, this is the place.
Another of Tribeca’s old-guard restaurants, Tribeca Grill, opened in 1990. The brainchild of Robert De Niro and star restaurateur Drew Nieporent, was designed to be a neighborhood hangout. Its New American menu is well curated with options for vegetarians, pescatarians, meat-lovers, and kids. Oenophiles appreciate the extensive wine list, which runs to more than 60 pages.
Tavern on Reade
Those who like their neighborhood hangouts to have a more pub-like ambiance will want to check out Tavern on Reade, which opened its doors in September 2021. Sit at the bar and sip a Guinness, a local IPA, or a martini; settle in at a table and enjoy a starter of poutine or French onion soup, followed by New York strip steak or chicken pot pie; wrap things up with an apple crumble or a classic cheesecake.
Even newer is Icca, a Japanese omakase restaurant that debuted in October 2021. The 20-course tasting menu includes sushi from fish flown in weekly from Japan’s most renowned fish markets and dishes spotlighting a proprietary blend of wagyu and American beefs. Somewhat less extravagant is the six-course bar tasting menu, which features dishes influenced by Italian as well as Japanese cuisine. Or you can simply enjoy a Japanese whisky, sake, or a specialty cocktail at the bar.
One White Street
This farm-to-table restaurant opened in spring 2021, sources its produce and flowers—and even hops for its house beer—from Rigor Hill Farm in upstate New York. As you’d expect, the menus for One White Street are highly seasonal. Downstairs in the former townhouse, one can order à la carte dishes such as roasted Berkshire pork chop, yellowfin tuna crudo, and focaccia with pine-nut-and-onion jam. Upstairs is where one can relish a six-course tasting menu with options such as fennel-crusted duck and Concord grape pavlova.