Chelsea vs. Tribeca
So, my husband and I are attempting to choose between two different apartments in two different neighborhoods. As eating out is important to us, the neighborhoods restaurants will be one of the deciding factors.
We just moved to town and have been subletting in Chelsea. What we are looking for are casual but great places for dinner. The kind of place you can spill out of your apartment and get a lovely, not terribly expensive, but interesting meal. One of our favorites at the moment is Le Zie on Seventh.
The neighborhoods are Chelsea and Tribeca. What do you think?
I'm partial to Chelsea because I live in the neighborhood, myself. I don't know too much about Tribeca, but I know quite a few people who've moved there recently and are very happy (young families).
As far as casual Chelsea goes: Markt, Cookshop, Hill Country (BBQ), Crispo
I too have loved living in Chelsea for the last 2 years. Favorites are Momoya (very fresh sushi), Il Bastardo (solid Italian food), Red Cat (a bit more upscale but delicious), and Rocking Horse (inventive, delicious Mexican/Southwestern). I also second Crispo and Le Zie--both have good pastas/Italian food and are reasonably priced.
Chelsea is also great if you like to cook at all because of the good shopping: Chelsea Market (Buon Italia!). There are also good eats in there. Green Table for local, organic meals . . . . Plus plenty of places with prepared take-out. There's also a Whole Foods at 24th and 7th Ave. that has lots of take-out/salad bar.
Alas, the recent departure of The Bright -- the perfect lowkey, good food hangout.
I recently moved from Chelsea to Tribeca, and eating out is very important to us as well.
Overall, I think there are more restaurants in Chelsea, and certainly more lower priced options. However, I also think there are a lot of mediocre restaurants in Chelsea, but not without some little gems. I too enjoyed Le Zie and Crispo. The grocery shopping (Union Sq. Greenmarket, Chelsea Market, Whole Foods, Westside, Balduchis) is superior to Tribeca. Chelsea is also closer to other great food neighborhoods (like West and East Village).
Having said that, however, Tribeca does have some very good restaurants (and bakeries like Bouley Bakery, Duane St. Patisserie). Some of the restaurants we've enjoyed so far include Blaue Gans, Nam, Fresh, Franklin Station Cafe and Landmarc. The grocery shopping is limited, however a Whole Foods is due to open early next year on West and Warren. It is also just a short walk to Soho and Chinatown. The neighborhood is also changing so fast, and with so many new residential buildings going up I feel this can only be a good thing for the local restaurant scene.
Overall, I think there are probably more options in the Chelsea area. But all things considered, Tribeca is hardly a bad neighborhood to live in food-wise. :)