New Yorkers change hangouts faster than they can press speed-dial, but this spot has managed to maintain its quality and flair for more than 30 years. It still feels like the spot in TriBeCa to get a late-night bite. The neo–Art Deco room is still packed nightly with revelers, and the pleasant service and well-chosen wine list are always in style. The bistro-menu highlights include frisée aux lardons (bacon-enhanced frisee salad) with poached farm egg,
grilled NY strip steak, and slow-cooked cod with baby leeks and fennel confit.
Jun 19, 2000
I've been here when it's busy and when it's slow, usually for a drink -- it's cozy on quiet weekend afternoons, and in the evenings it does still have that vibe of being a hipster hangout (artists who are just beginning to make a little money in emulation of their 80's art-stars, kind of chi-chi writer types, probably writing screenplays and romain a clefs about their drug lives). Ok, doesn't sound that interesting if you're already a jaded New Yorker,
but if you're not one and want to see one in the flesh, not a bad place to start.