I live in Tribeca and will be hosting some friends from out of town in mid-February. I want something that will really be wonderful and show off the neighborhood. I'm debating something luxe like Corton or Bouley (but I've never been to Corton). Or something more neighborhoody like Tribeca Grill or the Harrison. These people love food and wine and have eaten in many of NYC's best restaurants (they regularly take me to the Gramercy Tavern, and I know they have been to the old Bouley). What do you think? Is there an option I'm missing? I think Locando Verde is too loud for them.
Many thanks for your thoughts!
I stayed in Tribeca at the Smyth in August and tried a couple of restaurants. The one I preferred for the ambiance and decor was Forge, the food was also very good but the one I would go back to is Gigino. It is laid back, the food is great, the service is impeccable, it is inviting and the frozen drinks are great!!! I also did brunch at Odeon and was pleasantly surprised.
I agree on Odeon, agree whole heartedly on Forge, but have to disagree on Gigino. My wife and I were there last night. Her Carpaccio was frozen solid.. along with ice crystals. When the waiter said that this is how it is always served, I had a laugh out loud moment since, yes, some restaurants freeze the meat so that it can be sliced thinly, but it is not served ice cold and crunchy. My pasta fagioli soup was however excellent, and when my wife's replacement came (lentil soup), it was good too. For entrees, my wife had the La Peperina salad which is thinly sliced pear & grana padano cheese over arugula with roasted walnuts & julienne peppers. It was very good. My Gigino pizza was just horrible - spongy, over herbed, and just bad. I recognize we probably should have gone for the heartier fare on the menu, but nonetheless, it was a very variable meal, and while I like the atmosphere, the incident with the waiter, and the 50% hit rate on the food make it difficult to go back which is a pity since we live around the corner. I should also add we each had a glass of Pinot Noir by the glass which was really bad. So maybe the hit rate is slightly lower than 50%...
What about the back room at Trattoria Cinque? The food is great and the chef was just recognized in the 2010 Michelin Guide for Alfredo of Rome. The back room is intimate, quiet and has a downtown feel.
I highly recommend Forge. It's low key and in my opinion one of the most under rated restaurants. Don't miss the chicken under a brick (yes, it's chicken, it's squashed under a brick, and it's great).
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