March 3, 2015
The Best Places to Eat, Drink, Shop, and See in TriBeCa
Best known by its acronym, TriBeCa, the Triangle Below Canal Street is home to some of the most coveted real estate in Manhattan.
by Nicole Haddad photographer Nicole Haddad
BEST KNOWN BY its acronym, TriBeCa, the Triangle Below Canal Street is home to some of the most coveted real estate in Manhattan. When residential pockets began to form in the neighborhood in the late 18th century, the area was referred to as the Lower West Side. Since then, the neighborhood has had many reincarnations, including its 19th-century transformation into an industrial and commercial epicenter, which subsequently paved the way for a changeover into an artist's community in the late 1960s and '70s. Today, Tribeca is full of edgy boutiques, mind-blowingly good restaurants, and the kind of luxury living that draws high-powered celebrity residents. Boundaries include Canal Street to the north, West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the south, and Broadway to the east.
GETTING THERE Tribeca can be reached via a multitude of subway lines, including the 1, A, C, or E trains to Canal Street; the 1, 2, or 3 trains to Chambers Street; or the 1 train to Franklin Street.
GREEN SPACE Hudson River Park, a waterside park that runs along Tribeca's western border, offers residents a place to bike, skate, walk, and participate in various recreational activities.
CULINARY HAVEN Tribeca is a gourmand's paradise. One continuous draw since 1994 is Nobu, chef Nobu Matsuhisa's innovative, Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, which popularized the mouth-watering dish of black cod with miso. The David Rockwell-designed interiors add an element of Zen. Locanda Verde, Tribeca Grill, Nobu Next Door, Sushi Azabu, Bouley (chef David Bouley's eponymous restaurant), and Brushtroke are just a few of the heavyweights in the area. Recent buzz-worthy newcomer White Street, helmed by Floyd Cardoz, the Season Three winner of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, is already making waves. And with neighborhood staples such as The Odeon, Landmarc, Kutsher's Tribeca, and Bubby's, there is no shortage of places to eat.
FILM FORUM The Tribeca Film Institute was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and actor Robert De Niro in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001. De Niro, who is also one of the owners behind famed restaurants Nobu, Tribeca Grill, and Locanda Verde, has contributed greatly to bringing the neighborhood back since the tragedy. In 2002, the institute redefined the film festival experience with the launch of the Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, the festival draws out-of-towners, filmmakers, and film buffs from around the world. This year's festival will take place from April 15-April 26th.
DESIGN WALK Tribeca is becoming somewhat of a design destination. Carini Lang, David Weeks Studio, Urban Archaeology, Espasso, Art et Maison, Jonathan Burden, Antiqueria Tribeca, and Steven Alan Home are just a few of the home design shops dispersed throughout the area.
SARTORIAL SEGUE Not to be outdone by the home-inspired shops, Tribeca fashion boutiques are making a name for themselves. Patron of the New, Steven Alan, Nili Lotan, Issey Miyake, and Christina Lehr carry some truly avant-garde and sophisticated designs.
TRIVIA The firehouse façade used in the Ghosbusters movies is the still-in-existence firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company No. 8, on North Moore Street.