Cool Affordable Spots in TriBeCa

Tribeca is very well known for its six-figures lofts and rich and famous occupants. Robert De Niro, Jay-Z and Beyonce are among them. But don’t think TriBeCa is only for well-heeled locals, there are some affordable cool spots such as Kaffe 1668 (271 & 401 Greenwich St) where you can find reasonably priced lunch options. One of my favorite is Low Carb Amazing Meal with organic tofu meatballs and homemade marinara sauce it’s a perfect option for vegetarians or people on gluten free diet. For meat lovers I would recommend homemade Swedish Meatballs or The Good Sausage Sandwich, all lunch items are around $10.00. Overall it’s a great place with a very inviting atmosphere and friendly staff where you can enjoy a good cup of latte, fresh pastry or grab lunch and stay on a budget.

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Another good place for lunch is Mulberry & Vine Café (73 Warren St). Everything there is fresh and health-driven, they use locally grown organic produce. It’s a great spot for vegetarians and vegans as well as for individuals on gluten free diet. Its not the cheapest place for lunch (three cold sides $12, two cold and one hot $13 and individual sides cost $4.50 cold and $5.50 hot)  but quite a good deal for dinner especially with all the options you can choose from such as Korean braised bbq beef with pickled onions or Tomatillo Chicken stew. Mulberry & Vine makes its own iced teas and smoothies and brings in gluten-free baked goods and coffee from Laughing Man which is another cool spot in Tribeca.

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Laughing Man Coffee & Tea owned by Hugh Jackman and David Steingard. Laughing Man Worldwide helps entrepreneurs help humanity by creating and developing new business. 100% of Laughing Man revenue goes back to education, community development and new business development. So if you are a person who believes in All Be Happy you should visit Laughing Man Coffee Shop on 184 Duane St. just few steps away from Washington Market Park where you can sit down and enjoy your fresh brewed coffee or a nice cup of latte.

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Another low key option for lunch in TriBeCa is Macaron café located on 303 Greenwich Street. It has whimsical décor, very friendly staff and of course French colorful macarons, they make about 50 kinds that rotate with the seasons. But macarons are not the only items on the menu that you might want to try, the café also makes 8 kinds of sandwiches and salads priced from $7.75 to $10.00.

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After a long day you would definitely want to relax in a cool wine bar such as Terroir located on Harrison St. They have very large selection of wines (around 150) average price per glass is around &14. Great selection of appetizers such as Fried Lamb Sausage with sage leaves ($9) or Beet and Gorgonzola Risotto Balls ($8) and of course cheese about 8 kinds (around $5-$6 each).

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Feel hungry, just couple blocks away from the wine bar another must go TriBeCa spot Locande Verde owned by Robert De Niro. The ambience and service are incongruously warm. The menu is big but not overwhelming, the dishes at dinner are generous enough to share. The chef Andrew Carmellini delivers Italian home cooking in a very elegant manner. Try My Grandmother’s Ravioli ($22) so delicate they just melt in your mouth. And don’t forget to save room for dessert its totally worth it. Locande Verde’s pastry chef Karen De Masco is a maestro of sweet treats that are homey and elegant in the same time.  try La Fantasia di Visciola (sour cherry lambrusco sorbetto, goat’s milk gelato, white balsamic meringa, caramel, sbrisolone $10) what else can you wish for?

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No matter what your diet or how big your budget you will always find a cool spot in TriBeCa.

Love Free Music

The best things in life are free and you can find plenty of them in New York, especially when it comes to Summer Cultural Events such as Concerts.You can enjoy Jazz legends at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 23-24  visit cityparksfoundation.org Pop’s newest princess Ariana Grande will be performing at Rockefeller Center on August 29 visit today.com. Stars like Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Usher will be performing at Rockefeller Center on September 1, 5 visit  today.com If you don’t have plans for Saturday or Sunday you might want  to visit Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This Greenpoint  space hosts a parade of hip artists who play free shows. While you’re there, you can buy food, clothes, accessories and records from local vendors, take a gander at art and play table tennis. All in all, it’s a fun night out. For more info, visit bkbazaar.com.

Sweets and Treats in Tribeca

Satisfy your sweet tooth with indulging desserts and pastries in Tribeca. Explore the best sugary hot spots in and around Tribeca.

Tribeca Treats

The specialty bakery has a wide variety of chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, truffles and more. It also offers gift boxes, custom orders for special occasion and baking lessons.

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 94 Reade St, New York, NY 10013  www.tribecatreats.com

By Suzette

There is nothing is better than an indulge crepe. The recently opened “By Suzette” has sweet and savory treats. It is easy to fall in love with it!

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78 Chambers St, New York, 10007

Billy’s Bakery

Delicious goodies along with retro desserts and seasonal favorites will bring you back to a nostalgia family kitchen back in 1940. Billy’s Bakery has also special packages and cakes for events, parties and meetings.

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 75 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013  www.billysbakerynyc.com

Takahachi Bakery

It is a Japanese bakery and Teahouse with exotic Japanese pastries. The owner of the Takahachi restaurants offers a selection of handmade freshly goodies. The Yuzu cream tart or the Matcha Green Tea Crepes can be dangerous addictive.

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25 Murray St, New York, NY 10007  www.takahachibakery.com

Duane Park Patisserie

This one of the most beloved bakeries in Tribeca with French charm has open since 1992. The exceptional pastries, petit fours or the magic cupcakes are to die for. But you can also have your own customized cookies, cakes, tarts and seasonal specialties.

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179 Duane St, New York, NY 10013 www.duaneparkpatisserie.com

Baked by Melissa

The most famous New York spot for its bite-size cupcakes which allow visitors to try various flavors without any guilt. Not that we do feel guilty.

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110 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 www.bakedbymelissa.com

Financier Patisserie

It is located on the Stone Street and creates a French atmosphere in the center of the Financial district. The sweet and savory menu makes Financier to a perfect spot for lunch.

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62 Stone St, New York, NY 10004 www.financierpastries.com

Josephine Café Francais

A typical Parisian Café in New York? Yes, it is a must! Enjoy a croissant or crepe on the terrace of this little Parisian corner.

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350 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013 www.josephinecafefrancais.com