Soho/Tribeca anything great?
Have clients in town staying at the SoHo Grand. As a lifelong NYer and current Union Sq resident, was excited to check out a new place in SoHo or TriBeCa since I just don't really get down there for dinner. After some research am surprisingly having a tough time deciding on a place.
I'm looking for something relatively high end, but relaxed (so no Bouley or Chanterelle type resto). Would also love something that has a bit of life, which is what worries me about many of the places in Soho/Tribeca. For example, Matsugen sounds interesting but I have a vision of sitting in a relatively empty room with the sushi chefs looking bored.
Have already been and don't love: Balthazar, Lure, Hundred Acres, Zoe, City Hall and such.
I've seen some of the renewed interest in The Harrison because of their new chef, so may go with that but wish I could check out a new place. Also Blue Ribbon Brasserie seems like fun. Any other places I'm just not thinking of?
I second Nobu. Also ate at Mr. Chow down there and there are mixed reviews on it, but still a classic. Macao Trading is not so high end, but has a lively atmosphere and good food. It is accross from Tribeca Grand Hotel so you can go there after. Also what about Kittachai in the Thompson Hotel.
The Harrison has been receiving some good reports. We were underwhelmed the last time we went . To be fair the new chef was just starting then. It's not high end/upscale like Bouley or Chanterelle. Here is a fairly recent thread:
We like Duane Park (American). It's not a destination, upscale place. Local, relaxed. It's not lively or happening. My SO hosted a business dinner there recently and it was well received.
Corton? Not laid back but upscale and new. Locanda Verde? Scalini Fedeli (in old Bouley space)? I have only been to Corton and it may be too close to a Bouley or Chanterelle.