A Mediterranean-tiled interior and Christmas-light-trimmed awning have attracted Tribeca’s daytime workforce to this popular luncheonette. But it’s the toothsome Caprese fare, such as tramezzini sandwiches layered with grilled vegetables and house-made mozzarella, that keeps the 17 seats filled. It’s also a good option for dinner. Pastas, prepared on a two-burner stove, include perfectly al dente rigatoni lightly coated in bolognese. It’s just a matter of time before the lunch crowd starts returning at night.
Sure, there are plenty of pricey chefs’ flagships here, but we’ve sleuthed out the neighborhood’s standout cheap eats. Take a break from shopping with artisanal coffee and locally baked pastries, or take your sweetie to one of the area’s best date spots without damaging your wallet.
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