Tribeca has long remained one of NYC’s more under-the-radar neighborhoods for tourists, and seldom by many Manhattanites—save for its predominantly creative-minded, wealthy residents who live on the Upper East Side. Prefers urban grit over glamour. But as the historic downtown enclave’s redbrick warehouses have been transformed into lofts, hotels, and bars that ooze with a low-key local vibe, this triangle south of Canal Street has leaned into the zeitgeist. Galleries such as Theta, Andrew Kreps, and Lomax have popped up along the neighborhood’s cobblestoned streets, ruling an art scene that once defined a 1970s Tribeca. New high-profile bakeries and restaurants (and yes, a Buddha-bar outpost) help make the case for your trek to Lower Manhattan.
Chef-owners Lee Hanson and Riyadh Nasr’s James Beard Award-winning Franchette remains one of the city’s most beloved dining destinations, thanks to its lively buzz and dishes such as Broiled with Bottarga and Uni. Last year, they launched Franchet Bakery, where Peter Adris and Michel Palazzo whip up flaky, twice-baked croissants with Sicilian pistachios and just-tart-enough scones with blood orange and blueberries.
In all its neon-lit glory, Odeon is nothing short of an NYC icon. The all-day bistro with Poached Egg and Crackling Lorraine is as great a choice for a perfect Martini and Frisbee salad as it is for people-watching.
Sommelier Dustin Wilson and Chef Austin Johnson’s brand-new One White Street welcomes locals to its ground floor with a casual, a la carte menu and stone stairs that snake up to the dining room of the converted townhouse. Their seasonal six-course tasting menu is built around the fruits of their Hudson Valley Farms.
Old-fashioned wallpaper, a suppressed 1800s tin ceiling, and warm lighting create a historic scene for Tinies & Cocktails at Bar Upstairs. One recommendation: House Negroni, made with Aperol in place of Campari and spiked with orange marmalade.
Two doors down from its Michelin-starred sister restaurant, Atera, the 20-seat Farra Wine Bar makes for a great pre- or post-dinner meetup, with pouring glasses from Domaine du Bagnoll Cassis Rosé to the 2012 Baron. De Bran from Chateau Bran-Cantenac and a selection of decades-old Madeiras.
Todd Snyder renovated a nineteenth-century wine shop in a bright olive hue with reclaimed herringbone French oak floors and coffered walls and ceilings. The result: Todd Snyder at Liquor Store, the neighborhood’s most stylish menswear shop — its tailored velvet tuxedo, cashmere sweater, and trucker jacket in complementary suede also look great.
Nili Lotan’s minimalist boutique for forever classics like bias-cut, camisole-style silk gowns for Mine Tribeca women’s wear; jumpsuit; and the Beatles-inspired Mongolian shearling coat and vest.
In the neighborhood for traditional cypress rice jars, color-blocked bamboo chopsticks, and Oribe bowls for sipping matcha, Japanese kitchenware emporium Korin has garnered a cult following for decades for its chef-approved knife collection.
NYC diner retreat at Robert De Niro’s 88-room Greenwich Hotel, which features a wood-burning fireplace in the drawing-room, a private patio for cocktails, and an underground, lantern-lit pool within a 250-year-old farmhouse Is. Japan. Andrew Carmellini’s Locanda Verde has served as a neighborhood hangout since it opened in 2009. Virtuoso travelers get breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
In the best of The Beekman’s 287 rooms: the Burj Penthouse, this nineteenth-century building’s two turrets occupy elevated residences (with private outdoor terraces). Tom Colicchio oversees the Temple Court Restaurant and The Bar Room in the lobby below a nine-story Victorian atrium, which is topped with a pyramidal skylight. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast and a $100 dining credit per day.