TriBeCa theoretically means the "triangle below canal," but of course in practice it means a cluster of high-rent blocks west of Church. There are some great restaurants, but they cater to the local grandees and have price tags to match. That said, you can still eat well, and relatively cheaply. Here's where.
Usually "cozy" is a synonym for a cramped dump, but this tiny Tribeca restaurant really is cozy. It's warm, welcoming, and the homey food hits all the right notes, especially the brunch which is one of the most beloved -- and busiest -- in the city.
I'm not usually a big fan of buffets (at least not outside of Las Vegas) but the $15 all-you-can-eat number at this Tribeca Indian is a major value, and because it is usually slammed, the food is very fresh and very flavorful, even by the standards of Indian food. The a la carte menu is even better, but there's just something about a buffet that puts a hop in my step.
A small Korean restaurant that manages to be simultaneously authentic and refined in a way that makes even the most xenophobic diners comfortable. Really, it's a little gem, and as good in its way as the best spots in K-town -- just quieter and more out of the way.
It looks like a movie set, and there are few enough old-time diners left in Manhattan that it could well be one -- but this Tribeca standby is the real deal. Coffee? A burger? Spinach and cheese pie? You name it, they have it.
A simple, old-fashioned neighborhood bar -- one of the remnants, with Puffy's and a few others, of the time when TriBeca was just another wasteland. But the burgers are solid, the brunch is relaxed, and you can relax at the bar in a way you never could at trendier spots.
Cheap, reliable, and delicious, this is the kind of Cuban place that New York needs more of, and always has. The cuban and media noche sandwiches are on point, the empanadas flaky, the pernil moist and garlicky, and the flan warm and jiggly. The service is friendly and brisk too. Just a complete winner.
Austrian superstar Kurt Gutenbrenner, better known for his high-end places, found a rich niche with this more casual, sausage-driven TriBeCa eatery.
There's no other way to put it: this place is just awesome. Minute, intimate, affordable, beautiful, and offering both an amazing craft cocktail program, as well as a much better-than-necessary food. Plan on stopping by soon.
The largest of the locations of New York's most lauded wine bar, this location like the others offers an eclectic, almost nerdy wine list filled with unusual sherries, small-growth vineyards, and -- especially -- rieslings. A small but interesting menu of panini and small dishes by Hearth's Marco Canora insures you don't get too rocked by all the wine.