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Tribeca’s best restaurants

Words by Keven Amfo

14 May 2024

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Discover our picks of where to eat in one of Manhattan’s loveliest neighborhoods.

One of our favourite parts of downtown NYC, Tribeca, is a chic neighbourhood with dining options to match its well-heeled residents. Whether or not you're lucky enough to call the 'Triangle below Canal' home, it's still worth a visit to enjoy a meal. Read on for our picks of the best restaurants in the area.

One White Street

Situated over five floors of a historic townhouse, this Michelin-starred restaurant offers several dining options with a cafe-style setting on the lower floors and across the coveted terrace, while the higher levels host elegant dining rooms serving a seasonal tasting menu. Nearly all of the ingredients used are grown organically upstate at the restaurant's Rigor Hill Farm, meaning the incredible food is hyper-seasonal – and tastes as such; the vegetables are rich with flavour. Unexpected pairings (foie gras and rhubarb? yuzu and bleu cheese?) unfold seamlessly across the palate, while the wine list – highlighting small, family-owned wineries with many bottles exclusive to the restaurant – presents many options as the ideal accompaniment for a hugely enjoyable meal.

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1 White Street, NY 10013

Frenchette

Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson (of Balthazar fame) opened Frenchette in 2019 to immediate acclaim. Stylish, delicious, intimate, and inviting – it's clear why the restaurant became so quickly beloved. The menu draws upon the chefs' experience with French cooking, with items like filet au poivre and escargot. The bread and desserts are especially good: Frenchette has a nearby bakery (with a second location at the Whitney) where the baking happens. We highly recommend visiting the bakery separately for the breakfast cookie... We love coming here on a date and enjoying the menu items designed for two, like roast chicken with crisp fries and a tarte Tatin for dessert, whilst snuggling in one of the corner booth tables – c'est parfait.

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241 West Broadway, NY 10013

Locanda Verde

Courtesy of chef Andrew Carmellini, this delicious neighbourhood Italian restaurant has been delighting guests for 15 years. While getting a table now might be (slightly) easier than initially, it is still bustling from breakfast through dinner and beyond. The environs are cosy, and the restaurant is enormous by New York standards, but it still manages to feel intimate. Food-wise, don't miss the ricotta, a fresh yet rich starter, or the roast chicken. The wine list is also excellent – you're best asking the sommelier for a recommendation – as is the signature tiramisu.

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377 Greenwich Street, NY 10013

Casa Carmen

Led by 85-year-old Mexican chef Carmen Ramirez Degollado, Casa Carmen is one of two locations in the city serving homestyle Mexican food based on her personal recipes. Elevated and lofty interiors framed by a wall of greenery let the vibrance of the food shine. We love everything we've tried on the menu (even the rice is incredible); the enchiladas verdes with a perfectly tangy tomatillo sauce are a particular highlight, as is the side of rajas, which are creamy but not too rich. The margaritas and mezcalitas are as delicious as you'd expect, but for something different, try La Sandía – a refreshing cocktail with tequila, fresh watermelon juice, and Campari.

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114 Franklin Street, NY 10013

The Odeon

A neighbourhood staple for 44 years running, The Odeon manages to be both an everyday go-to and a celebratory favourite. The French-leaning, brasserie-style menu is universally appealing, and you can always count on excellent oysters, salads, and burgers. Those lucky enough to live close have probably already made this their several-times-per-week staple, perfect for everything from sitting at the bar for a late-night martini, dining with in-laws, or enjoying a leisurely summertime lunch outside with a crisp bottle of wine and plenty of fries. Long having hosted a stylish downtown – and celebrity-laden – crowd, The Odeon has a special kind of magic that you only find in NYC.

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145 West Broadway, NY 10013

Tamarind

One of the premier Indian restaurants in the city, Tamarind features grand interiors with a wraparound marble bar. You'll want to head for a table, though, to indulge in some incredibly rich cooking. Order as many dishes as possible, including a healthy selection from the Tandoor oven – we always include the Hasiru Samudra, Chilean sea bass, and Toplina paneer, marinated cheese – with several servings of fresh roti. Beckon the sommelier for wine suggestions; recently, we were recommended a delicious Sancerre, which was unexpected considering the spice of the food but actually a perfect contrast.

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99 Hudson Street, NY 10013

Ito

Featuring countertop dining with just 16 seats, this minimalist space is akin to an intimate private dinner. Book early to attend one of two nightly seatings, and be prepared for your tastebuds to explode courtesy of celebrated chefs Masashi Ito and Kevin Kim’s unique perspective on omakase. Most of the fish is flown in from Japan, and whilst the knife technique exemplifies the best of tradition, unexpected glazes, sauces, and accompaniments set this experience apart. Add the drinks pairing for the full experience.

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75 Barclay Street, NY 10007

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Keven Amfo

Keven is a writer, editor, and creative living between London and NYC – she's been the Global Editor of Noted since 2019. She is passionate about luxury in its myriad forms, and commissions, writes, and edits many of our features.

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