TriBeCa Guide

I often overlook TriBeCa when I make dining plans. Not intentionally, of course, but because it always feels a bit out of the way to me, which is completely nonsensical because every time I go there I wonder why I don’t visit more often. There are some absolute gems in this area, and it is a hop, skip, and a jump away via subway. Read on for my picks of favorite places to eat and drink in TriBeCa.


Tiny’s – The place is, quite literally, tiny. A diminutive pink townhouse squished between two larger buildings, Tiny’s is my go-to for delicious brunch, and also a great spot to swing by for cocktails in the evening. Don’t miss the tater tots.

Locanda Verde – A little bit more upscale, this beautiful Italian spot is both elegant and delicious. Note that the ricotta appetizer is not to be missed at brunch or dinner. This is the perfect spot for dinner with the folks, or a romantic evening with a loved one.

Two Hands – Although this is not the original location, I much prefer the TriBeCa outpost of Two Hands, which serves a full and delicious dinner menu. This is my selection for dinner with friends when you want to still stay pretty healthy.

Grand Banks – During the warm weather months, what else would one want to do besides drink rose on a boat? Throw in some oysters and I’m a happy camper. Note that lines get long here, particularly on weekends, so plan accordingly.

Gotan – This all-day cafe is my favorite spot for a quick weekend breakfast, either alone or with a friend. The oatmeal and chia pudding are both delicious, and I’ve also sampled a mean shakshuka here. Sit outside when it’s nice out.

Verve Wine – One of my favorite wine shops in the city, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this little spot on Hubert Street. The selection feels personal and hand-curated, and I’ve found some of my favorite little-known selections here, such as an incredible Marcel Lapierre Morgon (try the 2015).

Little Park – The veggie-centric menu at this beautiful TriBeCa space is another excellent special occasion spot for when you’re looking to spruce up your usual Friday night date night. The menu is great for sharing, and don’t forget about the spacious private dining room downstairs for your next big event.

Maman – One of my favorite coffee shops in the city, Maman gives me all of the good feels every time I walk in. There is a bigger dining space here than at the SoHo location, but the homey yet well-curated decor remains the same. You feel like you’re walking into someone’s home, even if it’s just for an iced coffee.

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