by Jessica Allen, 02/06/2013
(From left) Atlantic salmon at Tribeca Grill photo By Evan Sung • The Odeon photo by Alex Lopez
Dining Out Downtown
Once upon a time, The Odeon was the downtown version of the Algonquin Round Table, where the quick-witted and well-heeled came to chat and chew. (Its facade was featured in the opening credits of Saturday Night Live for many years, and an image of it graced the cover of Jay McInerney's generation-defining novel, Bright Lights, Big City.) Today The Odeon continues to produce classic brasserie fare, but it's been joined by countless other restaurants, many of them foodie landmarks, like Tribeca Grill, which features a wide variety of delicious fare and an even wider selection of varietals (including the world's largest selection of Châteauneuf du Pape). Among the neighborhood's many other high-end options are Atera, for fancy modern foraging from chef Matthew Lightner; both Bouley and Corton, for fancy modern French from chefs David Bouley and Paul Liebrandt, respectively; and Jungsik, for fancy modern Korean from chef Jung Sik Yim. Tamarind Tribeca serves classic Indian in an elegant atmosphere, while Locanda Verde offers casual, contemporary Italian; The Harrison offers casual, contemporary American; Blaue Gans offers casual, contemporary German/Austrian; and Kutsher's Tribeca offers casual, contemporary Jewish. (See a pattern?) Like The Odeon, Bubby's Pie Co. is another neighborhood favorite, serving a popular midnight brunch from 11pm to 7am, in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner—each meal relying on recipes for comfort food from Grandma. If you can't find something to eat in TriBeCa, you probably aren't hungry.