This week’s adventures took me to TriBeca or the Triangle Below Canal. TriBeCa is located in the lower west of Manhattan and is bounded by Canal St. and Vesey St. from the North and South and West St. to Broadway from West to East, respectively. TriBeCa is easily accessible from the A,C,E, 1, 2, or 3 trains. It was originally a largely commercial neighborhood with many stores but in the 1970s much of the commerce had vanished and TriBeCa became home to many artists. The area has transformed again and is now an upscale residential neighborhood and one of the most expensive areas to live in the country. TriBeCa is also home to many celebrities so if you visit keep your eyes peeled but play it cool.
My first stop in TriBeCa was a small little dinner called Kitchenette. You can tell right away from the fun colored exterior the this will be a cool place. As you walk in to Kitchenette you notice the artifacts that make up the restaurant look like reclaimed wood and stools and that’s because they are! The tables and bar and stools along with the other memorabilia are all collected from upstate New York. Kitchenette serves home style comfort food for breakfast and lunch. I decided to get an omelette with potatoes and biscuits. Everything was good but the biscuits were exceptionally thick and delicious. Of course I had to get an orange juice. While I was here I spotted SNL cast member Taran Killam grabbing a quick bite to eat! Celebrity sighting!
While you’re in the area make sure to head west to Hudson River Park. The park itself is quite large extending from Hell’s Kitchen to Battery Park and is actually the largest in Manhattan after Central Park. During the warmer months (or all year if you’re brave) you can walk, run, skate, or bike down the river path and take in great views of the park and the city. Year-round you can enjoy gorgeous sunsets over New Jersey and the Hudson River.
After a day of eating, running around, and celebrity spotting you should check out Macao Trading Co. A dimly lit bar and restaurant that takes it’s name and inspiration from brothels and opium dens from 1930s Macao and serves a blend of Chinese and Portuguese Eurasion food. My drink of choice was the Yellow Fever #2 which contained bourbon, sassafras syrup, fresh ginger, and white peaches served with a lemon. It was quite fantastic and the Asian twist with the fresh ginger really made the drink. Make sure to try one of their other cocktails or grab something from the extensive wine list.
Here are some more pictures from around the neighborhood.
Just because the neighborhood itself is expensive doesn’t mean you can’t afford to hang out there. TriBeCa offers a wide variety of things to do at all different costs. Check some other offerings out below.
Blaue Gans, Edwards, American Cut, Los Americanos, Walker’s, Odeon, Scalini Fedeli, The Copenhagen, Brick NYC, Nobu, Tribeca Treats, Landmarc, Nish Nush, Bouley, Dylan Prime, Capri Cafe, or Tribeca Grill.
Ward III, Brandy Library, Terrior Tribeca, Mudville 9, Patriot Bar, Silver Lining, The Butterfly, Tribeca Tavern, Nancy Whiskey Pub, or Weather Up.
Canal Room, 92Y Tribeca, Santos Party House, Tribeca Comedy Lounge, TriBeCa Cinemas, Brooklyn Robot Foundry Tribeca, Taste of TriBeCa, Washington Market Park, Hook and Ladder #8 (the real functioning firehouse that was used in Ghostbusters!), the TriBeCa Film Festival, or Pier 25.
As always, let me know in the comments what neighborhoods you want to see featured!
Photographed and edited by Nick Pierce