Food Finds around Tribeca
3 Chowhounds visiting next week. Will be staying in Tribeca.
Please shout out your favorite food finds in the areas fairly close by.
We really want "good tasting food". Would prefer to hit more casual places than upscale.
Also interested in things like "the best cupcakes", "best place to pop in for a cocktail", etc.
My favorite places for dinner in the area at a moderate price are Upstairs at Bouley and Blaue Gans. Petite Abeille is great for a casual lunch on brunch.
Best cocktails are at Brandy Library. Pricey, but definitely worth it for the quality and atmosphere. www.brandylibrary.com
Landmarc is a really good value, with low wine markups - great food. www.landmarc-restaurant.com
We just tried Nam for Vietnamese and it was great, very inexpensive. www.namnyc.com
For a quick sandwich, try 'witchcraft on greenwich- www.wichcraftnyc.com
The John street bar is a great place for a drink and also has o.k bar food. The wings are excellent and the bartenders make good drinks. Also a good people watcher bar.THe bar as it is named is on John Street.
Bakery I haven't tried - but on my to do list- is duane park patisserie. see info : www.madelines.net. Wonder if the cupcake tastes as good as it looks in the photo. In the financial district are locations for Financier Patisserie. see http://www.financierpastries.com for locations and products.
If you're staying in Tribeca, you won't be far from Chinatown and all its delicious offerings. There are many discussion threads on Chinatown (and I'm no expert), so I'd recommend doing a search.
Some of my favorites:
Banh mi from Saigon Bakery on Mott Street (somewhat hidden in the back of a jewelry shop)
Malaysian at Skyway on Allen Street
Soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai or New Green Bo (there's quite a debate about where they're best)
Dim sum at Jing Fong (another lively debate)
If you find yourself on the Lower East Side, consider doing RGR's famous LES food tour, reprinted here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38572...
re: Katherine H
If you like Indian food try Baluchi's or Salaam Bombay. Both are on Greenwich. As far as cupcakes, I would definitely go to Kitchenette at 156 Chambers St. near Greenwich. Love the Cuban food at Sophie's on Chambers St. bet. W. Broadway and Broadway though it's better for lunch and there's no atmosphere.
Love The Harrison - it's not super casual but if you can grab seats at the bar when Rene is working you'll be set! Great food with the loveliest staff (from busboys to managers).
more in the lines of your "best of" requests - bubby's for breakfast, mussels & frites at landmarc (start with the endive salad), nobu (or nobu next door) for king crab tempura with truffle aioli, croissant and coffee from bouley bakery. there is a new place called tribeca treats that is supposed to have killer cupcakes but i haven't been yet. as for cocktails - depending on the night, the odeon, the harrison, walker's and city hall are all good for quick drinks. the brandy library is THE BEST for after-dinner drinks... ask for Ethan if you want drink reco's.
Thanks everyone!! We had breakfast at The Kitchenette - so cute. Drinks at The Brandy Library - highly recommend the place. Its a perfect place to meet someone and have a conversation. Wanted to go to Upstairs at Bouley and/or The Landmarc (hopefully next time), but ended up at The Kitchen in The Mercer (fabulous) further in town.
Also noted how beautiful City Hall is. And checked out Wichcraft for yummy sandwiches.
So much to do, so little time!