New Yorkers certainly don't want for choice when it comes to dining possibilities, but it can be challenging to turn up the best of the bunch, where that magical dining trifecta of good food, stellar service, and excellent atmosphere meet. Here, we've rounded up 5 of the best Tribeca restaurants for your dining pleasure. Read on for mini-reviews of our favorite Tribeca restaurants, then set out to sample some of the best cuisine that New York City has to offer.
-- Updated by Elissa Garay
Co-owned by actor Robert DeNiro and restaurateur Drew Nieporent (among others), Tribeca Grill, serving New American fare, has been a neighborhood favorite and a celebrity hangout since 1990. The market-driven menu highlights plates like roasted Colorado lamb loin with polenta, pan-seared sea scallops, and filet mignon. Pair you meal with an extensive selection of wine, including the world's largest offering of Châteauneuf du Pâpe.
Chef David Bouley's flagship restaurant offers romantic dining and award-winning French cuisine in a transporting cavern-like setting. Dishes highlight seasonal fare, whether it's the white truffles of autumn, or the fresh heirloom tomatoes of summer. While dining here can get pricey, consider the three-course tasting menu at dinner for $125, or the even better value at lunchtime, with a five-course tasting menu for just $55.
The Odeon was a favorite hangout of the rich and fabulous in the 1980s and is still a great place for a memorable meal. Pop in for a lively bistro setting, quality French-American fare; there's outdoor seating, as well as brunch menus and late-night dining. (Fun aside: You may recognize the exterior from the cover of Jay McInerney's novel Bright Lights, Big City.)