Where to Eat and Drink During the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Don’t know where to dine before or after your movie? How about the best restaurants downtown?

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Pair the incredible films at the Tribeca Film Festival with fabulous food and tasty cocktails. We’ve rounded up our favorite dining spots in each neighborhood to fuel you up before and after the show. Try our mobil app for more dining and drinking ideas from our NYC experts.  Not a member? Join now and your first month is our treat! Just use code OURTREAT during registration.


Motel Morris
The brains behind The Commons Chelsea coffee shop bring another neighborhood staple to the forefront. It’s not a hotel, but you can expect to be accommodated generously with Mad Men–inspired digs and New American bites—anyone up for a round of chicken-fried pork chops with wilted kale and radicchio? 132 Seventh Avenue (between West 18th and 19th Streets)

El Quinto Pino
This cozy tapas joint is renowned for its approachable takes on classic small plates and lively wine bar aura. Hearty shepherd’s pie–style croquettes and anchovies paired with vanilla butter go well with the eatery’s signature sangria, while sherry is the only way to cap off the night. 401 West 24th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues)

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Inside the rustic tapas haunt El Quinto Pino. / Photo by Miguel Herrera

Momofuku Nishi
You’ve already swooned over Momofuku Ssäm Bar’s insanely succulent pork shoulder (you have, haven’t you?), so now it’s time to head west to the Chelsea outpost. Chef Joshua Pinsky crafts Italian-inspired cuisine—delight in pasta tastings, delectable meat and fish options, and a curated wine list to complement any meal. 232 Eighth Avenue (between West 21st and 22nd Streets)

The Heath
It’s only natural that the dining/drinking/performance venue inside the McKittrick is as mysteriously sexy as the interactive theater piece that lives within (Sleep No More). You can barely see the cocktail you’re holding thanks to the chronically dim lights and smoky atmosphere, but that adds to the aura of the sleek space. 542 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

The Red Cat
Understated yet perfectly prepared meals are the norm at this comfortable neighborhood fave since Jimmy Bradley opened its doors almost two decades ago. Standard American dishes are given a modern twist—you haven’t lived until you’ve had the braised pork shank with spätzle and winter root vegetables—and your kids will be raving about Red Cat’s famous Rocky Road sundae for months to come. 227 Tenth Avenue (between West 23rd and 24th Streets)

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This burger is ready for its close-up. / Photo courtesy of The Red Cat

Battery Park City

Le District
For a unique Parisian experience on the cusp of Manhattan, this French food hall caters to crowds looking for low-key or high-end dining. Caffeinate for the weekend’s movie marathon with pour-over coffee, nibble a bit at the wine bar, or splurge at the Michelin-starred L’Appart—we love how it feels like a chic city apartment thanks to its open kitchen. Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street (off West Street)

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Grab a stool inside Le District. / Photo courtesy of Le District

Major Food Group evidently missed the whole no-carbs movement—and you’ll be happy it did. The Parm is short for Parmesan cheese, and there’s plenty of that covering meatballs, eggplant, or chicken sitting in between fluffy semolina rolls and sesame seed heroes. Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street (at North End Avenue)

Black Tail
Created by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, cofounders of the NYC-classic Dead Rabbit cocktail bar, Black Tail channels flavors from Prohibition-era Havana into its dinner and drinks menus. Expect lots of rum, seafood, and sugarcane here. We can’t wait to try the signature burger, a prime beef and chorizo patty massaged with salsa verde and Cuban hot sauce. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place (off State Street)


Locanda Verde
One of Tribeca’s buzziest spots is this rustic Italian eatery from chef Andrew Carmellini. Indulge in his house-made pasta—the fonduta caramelle with prosciutto and balsamico extravecchio is a vivid fave—and homey takes on wood-fired chicken and Grandma’s classic ravioli. 377 Greenwich Street (between Franklin and North Moore Streets)

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Photo by Noah Fecks

Brandy Library
It’s not often you can tell someone to pull up a ladder and join you for a drink. But in this “library,” you absolutely can. And what’s everyone else studying in such hushed tones under the softest amber light? Brandy, of course (and there are about two and a half pages of them to read over), but also rare cognac, perfect scotch, and almost anything else brown, liquid, and able to fit in a glass. 25 North Moore Street (between Hudson and Varick Streets)

For delicious New American fare and craft cocktails (we love the light and refreshing Beauty and the Brut, made with Plymouth gin, Lambrusco, lemon, and fig), make reservations at this cozy space from restaurateur pair Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein of Navy and Smith & Mills385 Greenwich Street (between Beach and North Moore Streets)

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We highly recommend an evening at Yves. / Photo by Paul Wagtouicz

Arcade Bakery
Having produced breads for some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry, including Thomas Keller and David Bouley, it’s clear that you’re in good hands with anything Roger Gural takes out of his oven. At his bakery inside the lobby of a downtown office building, try a warm croissant or vanilla-pear baguette for breakfast, and then keep the carbs coming at lunch with a flatbread pizza that’s as fresh and tasty as any in the city. 220 Church Street (between Worth and Thomas Streets)

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