Max Tribeca

Restaurants , Italian Tribeca
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The Triangle Below Canal isn't known for budget dining, which is why the presence of this gently priced Italian eatery is so refreshing. The kids' dinner menu lists staples like spaghetti with meatballs and ricotta ravioli—a notch above what's typically offered elsewhere. Adults should skip the appetizers and go for the near-flawless pastas.
Venue name: Max Tribeca
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Address: 181 Duane St
New York

Cross street: between Greenwich and Hudson Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Price: Average main course: $15. Average kids' meal: $7
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Any other neighborhood in Manhattan and Max would be a hard 3 stars. Decent red sauce joint in a cozy space that doesn't try anything fancy. But stick this sucker in the heart of Tribeca amidst places that would require the common man to work a second job, and it gets a bump. 


As I said, Max doesn't try too hard to be anything it is not. The menu is comprised of typical Southern Italian fare- simple pastas (fettuccine with meat sauce being the highlight) and the same land and sea offerings you'd see elsewhere (try the cod). The wine list is also very impressive. 


But the real reason to come to Max is because it's a fuss-free spot in a neighborhood otherwise devoid of that. The staff is super friendly, and the place lends itself perfect for a multitude of occasions- quick last minute date night, group dinners, birthdays, etc.. And go ahead and splurge on that bottle of wine, because if you go a block east, the price of that bottle will get you a high five from the hostess (+$15 for an additional wink).