Tribeca restaurant guide: The best places to eat now

The Tribeca restaurant scene is constantly shifting—our critic-approved selection includes trusty favorites and the latest hot spots.



Veteran restaurateur Drew Nieporent—who co-owns neighborhood fixture Tribeca Grill with Robert De Niro—and chef David Bouley are behind several of the area’s best eateries. But the Tribeca restaurant landscape continues to evolve. In recent years, De Niro launched Locanda Verde in his luxury hotel with TONY Food & Drink Awards 2012 winner Andrew Carmellini. Bouley’s Brushstroke and low-key Sushi Azabu now outshine Nobu as the best Japanese restaurants in the area.

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Bouley

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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With an outpost on every corner, Duane Street between West Broadway and Hudson Street is very literally David Bouley's world. While the city around has hit the skids, the chef—driven by optimism or simply denial—has been charging ahead with his expansion plans. The eponymous Bouley—the newly relocated airy flagship of his growing empire—exists in its own fantastical bubble: a place where the Dow still surges and expense-account spending never dried up. The original

  1. 163 Duane St, (at Hudson St), 10013
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Brushstroke

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David Bouley’s name may be behind this venture, but the star chef is not in the kitchen. Instead, he has handed the reins to talented import Isao Yamada, who turns out some of the most accomplished Japanese food in the city. The ever-changing seasonal menu, which rotates through 5,000 dishes that Yamada spent years testing, is best experienced as an intricate multicourse feast known as kaiseki. A meal might start with muted petals of raw kombu-wrapped sea bass, before building

  1. 30 Hudson St, (at Duane St), 10013
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Corton

  • Price band: 3/4
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Veteran restaurateur Drew Nieporent’s white-on-white sanctuary focuses all attention on chef Paul Liebrandt’s finely wrought food. Sweet bay scallops anchor a visual masterpiece, featuring wisps of radish, marcona almonds and sea urchin. Order the sweetbreads and a server arrives to show off the eggs used in the dish—pastel-hued specimens so gently poached, it takes less than a pinprick to unleash their yolks. Desserts are no less striking: Choose the riff on French toast,

  1. 239 West Broadway, (between Walker and White Sts)
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Kutsher’s Tribeca

  • Rated as: 3/5
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For those among you whose viewings of Dirty Dancing tally somewhere in the hundreds, Kutsher’s should have a familiar ring. The Monticello, New York, hotel often credited as an inspiration for the cultish ’80s flick is one of the last survivors of the borscht belt—a cluster of Jewish resorts that thrived in the Catskills through the 1970s. It’s also a recently opened downtown restaurant, buzzing with flush Tribecans and food-world first-responders—but more on that in a

  1. 186 Franklin St, (between Greenwich and Hudson Sts), 10013
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Landmarc Tribeca

  • Price band: 4/4
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This downtown dining destination quickly distinguished itself among Tribeca restaurants by serving heady bistro dishes (bone marrow, crispy sweetbreads) until 2am, and stocking the wine list with reasonably priced half bottles. Chef-owner Marc Murphy focuses on the tried-and-true: frisée aux lardons, boudin noir and several types of mussels. Metal beams and exposed brick add an unfinished edge to the elegant bi-level space. Those who have little restraint when it comes to sweets

  1. 179 West Broadway, (between Leonard and Worth Sts), 10013-29
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Locanda Verde

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Robert De Niro is no restaurant-biz neophyte. It’s true that Ago, the train-wreck trattoria he opened last year in Tribeca, was savaged by critics. But like a savvy restaurateur, instead of tweaking the place into the ground, the impresario-actor simply scuttled the project and started over from scratch. Locanda Verde—its new blockbuster replacement—features a refurbished dining room that’s much more inviting than its predecessor, with wine-bottle-lined bookshelves,

  1. 377 Greenwich St, (between Franklin and North Moore Sts)
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Sushi Azabu

  • Price band: 4/4
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This stealthy sushi shrine—tucked away in the basement of Greenwich Grill—attracts solo diners who happily hobnob with the talkative chefs while popping exceptional nigiri morsels into their mouths. You can order à la carte, but the $58 prix fixe is a generous bargain: First-rate sashimi and grilled salmon starters are followed by half a roll and seven plump pieces (among them luscious chutoro and sweet, silky raw shrimp). For dessert: Try the classic Mont Blanc chestnut

  1. 428 Greenwich St, (between Laightand Vestry Sts)
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Tamarind Tribeca

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A stunning spin-off of the original Tamarind in the Flatiron District, the Tribeca location convincingly draws from all corners of the subcontinent with its sprawling menu. Beyond the requisite chicken tikka masala (one of the best we’ve had), the dishes delight at every turn: A lamb appetizer (Nizami Keema) combines tender grilled strips with soft minced meat and pillowy nan, while Punjabi Mutton—actually made with goat—falls off the bone in a rich, vibrant curry. But the

  1. 99 Hudson St, (at Franklin St)
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Tribeca Grill

  • Price band: 4/4
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This neighborhood veteran, set in a converted warehouse, achieves coziness on a grand scale—an antique wooden bar anchors the huge room, and paintings of Robert De Niro Sr. (the famous Jr. is one of the owners, along with restaurateur Drew Nieporent) hang on the brick walls. The food is classic and competent, if not groundbreaking: Seared sea scallops bear a caramelized crust, and king salmon is served with a pristine salad of Asian pear, fennel and celery root. Flag down one

  1. 375 Greenwich St, (at Franklin St), 10013
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