Living in The Woolworth Tower Residences means you’re right in the middle of Tribeca’s top-notch restaurant scene. Life amid this wealth of options could be challenging if you’re feeling even the slightest bit indecisive, so we’ll help you narrow your choices. These are our favorite neighborhood spots.
1803 NYC | 82 Reade Street
From the pink tropical blooms blossoming across the wallpaper to the black-and-white checkered floor and the vintage pendant lights, 1803 NYC is bursting with Southern charm. The New Orleans-style restaurant is the result of a magical partnership between two beloved NYC chefs, Ravi Hasid and Tal Lavi. Their stated aim is to inject “New York sophistication into the Spanish, French, and Cajun food traditions that lend New Orleans’ cooking its explosive flavor and sexy appeal.” Indeed, the dishes feel like a collision between the Big Apple and the Big Easy, with textured, indulgent creations that retain an air of refinement. Case in point: the Cornmeal Dusted Red Snapper, which comes with a side of Summer Squash Ratatouille and fried okra. You won’t regret going a little overboard here.
Ecco | 124 Chambers Street
There are times in life when only pasta will do— preferably fresh handmade pasta, served in a classy Italian restaurant. When the need for carbohydrate comfort strikes, look no further than Tribeca’s Ecco. Inside, you’ll find the perfect setting for a generous pour of red wine on a blustery evening: white tablecloths, dark wood, and warm lighting. For a departure from pasta, try the Bistecca alla Griglia, a perfectly cooked New York strip. You won’t be sorry.
Nobu Downtown | 195 Broadway
Nobu Downtown, named after celebrity sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is an absolute must for anyone living in Tribeca luxury residences. Matsuhisa rose to fame after his Beverly Hills restaurant garnered a celebrity following. Eventually, his Peruvian-Japanese fusions so impressed Robert De Niro that the actor persuaded Matsuhisa to open a restaurant in Tribeca, and the rest is history. Everything at Nobu Downtown is a work of art, from the thoughtfully conceived, delicately assembled sushi to the sleek, modern interior, which is set among what the New York Times described as “enormous fluted limestone columns that fill the building’s ground floor like a petrified forest.” You can’t go wrong with what you order here; everything is made with an utmost level of care and attention.
Gran Morsi | 22 Warren Street
Gran Morsi describes itself as a “trattoria enoteca,” a designation that combines the rustic Italian neighborhood kitchen and the traditional wine bar in one. It lives up to its name. The Tagliatelle alla Bolognese is a perfect portion of fresh pasta in a rich meat sauce, topped with freshly grated Parmesan. The Chicken Parmigiana tastes like something you’d find after a walk in the Italian countryside. The wine list is full of Italian, Spanish, and Greek wines—no surprise there. You’ll feel like you’re on a Mediterranean vacation, right in your neighborhood.
The Odeon | 145 West Broadway
Yes, you can generally find whatever kind of food you want in New York City, whenever you want it. But sometimes a craving strikes for something more elusive: old-school, upscale New York bistro food, done right. For this, follow the orange glow of The Odeon’s vintage neon sign to its wood-paneled, mirrored, classic interior. This is the kind of place where you won’t regret ordering the soup of the day or the steak frites, especially when it’s cold outside.
Manhatta | 28 Liberty Street, 60th Floor
Setting a restaurant atop a skyscraper isn’t exactly an innovation. Plenty of sky-high restaurants float above New York City, looking down on the colorful, teeming, and textured neighborhoods that make up the world’s most vibrant city. But many of those restaurants tend toward an ultraformal, slightly stuffy atmosphere to frame the views. This is not the case at Manhatta. According to Architectural Digest, the views “are magnificent, but they're just one ingredient in a complex recipe.” That recipe includes cultivating an atmosphere of what the New York Times called “well-tailored informality”; rather than white tablecloths and buttoned-up servers, you’ll find the warmth of walnut, leather, and a friendly staff that genuinely hopes you’ll enjoy yourself. The cuisine sticks with this theme of understated class, with a three-course dinner menu that includes classics like Oysters Rockefeller, Wagyu Coulotte, and Strawberry Souffle. Depending on where you’re seated, you might just have a view of The Woolworth Tower Residences.