Updated January 2020
Lunch in New York City can be overwhelming, don’t settle! Make sure you find the best lunch in Tribeca. There are so many options to choose from, and sometimes it’s hard to resist just going to the bodega on the corner for another sandwich. But we know you can do better than that! From hidden gems to the most popular NYC eats, we’re making your search for a great meal a bit easier by breaking down the best places for you to grab lunch neighborhood by neighborhood. So now let’s help you find the best lunch in Tribeca!
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Oh boy, are you in for something delish at Grandaisy Bakery! In addition to their handcrafted breads and mouth-watering pastries, Grandaisy specializes in Roman-style pizza. This flatbread pizza comes in tasty, veggie-driven options like Cavolfiore al Taglio (cauliflower, gruyere cheese, parsley, and breadcrumbs), or Patate al Taglio (sliced potatoes, onions, rosemary, and sea salt). Follow up your pizza lunch with a pastry for dessert – maybe an apple turnover, or a slice of poundcake? If you’re in the mood for a carbo-load for lunch, you don’t need to look any further than Grandaisy Bakery!
Location: 250 West Broadway
Whether you want to have a comfortable sit-down lunch in a warm, classy atmosphere, or take away your favorite dish for lunch in the park (or, sigh, at your desk), Gigino’s is happy to oblige. Pasta and bread is housemade, and the food is all prepared to order, so expect fresh and delicious Italian eats, no matter what you order. The substantial menu features many pastas, seafood, salads, and pizza, as well as an unusually generous array of both antipasti and dessert options. It’s going to take you awhile to try all the mouth-watering choices, so you may just have to make Gigino’s a lunchtime staple.
Location: 323 Greenwich Street
When you’re looking for a casual lunch in Tribeca in a nice neighborhood café atmosphere, Gotan is a great bet. The menu’s array of hearty sandwiches include something for everyone, from a cheddar and Swiss grilled cheese to roasted chicken & bacon, or a cauliflower tahini for the vegans. Soups are also available, and the salad options (such as chicken shawarma and eggplant & egg) are full of creativity. Dozens of hot and cold drink options ensure you can get your fancy coffee fix for that midday pick-me-up.
Location: 130 Franklin Street
Lunch in Paris may be but a dream, but you can still get a little taste of French elegance with a visit to The Odeon. Choose from salads like baby kale Caesar and vegetarian niçoise (carnivores can add chicken, shrimp, tuna, or salmon to “beef” them up), or sandwiches such as BLTs, burgers, and of course the mighty Croque Monsieur. There’s something for everyone among an eclectic mix of entrees that include the likes of mac & cheese (with Gruyére, Gouda and cheddar), sticky rice bowl, steak Tartare, or an omelet. Having a hard time deciding? You can’t possibly go wrong with the French onion soup.
Location: 145 W. Broadway
China Red Gourmet
A reliable Chinese spot is an absolute must-have for when your lunchtime craving turns sweet and sour. The massive all-day menu at China Red Gourmet is stuffed with egg rolls, dumplings, wontons, noodles, soups, tofu, meat and veggie selections. Loads of combo platters are on offer, allowing you to get more than enough food for 10 bucks. Or kick it up a notch with chef’s specialties like General Tso’s Delight, sesame prawns, or lobster Cantonese style. Trying to keep your calories down? There is also a “healthy diet” section that you can turn to for items with healthier ingredients like mixed vegetables and chicken with broccoli.
Location: 118 Chambers Street
For the more health-conscious members of your team, no one does build-your-own salads better than Sweetgreen. This chain establishment (there’s another location nearby in SoHo) has a cult-like following of people who simply refuse to eat any other salad because the salads at Sweetgreen really are that good. Load your dish with locally sourced, organic ingredients like raw kale, spicy broccoli, shredded cabbage, house made hummus, and many, many more. We have a feeling that once you try Sweetgreen, you’ll be hooked.
Location: 413 Greenwich St
Tiny’s is one of those places that you can’t help but recognize. Housed in a landmarked 1810 historic building and painted a beautiful bright pink, we’d come here for the aesthetic alone. However, even if Tiny’s didn’t stick out like a sore thumb, you’d still know about this haunt because the food is superb. The Meatballs & Garlic Toast as well as the Burrata Salad are among the menu’s standouts. Come here for a hip vibe and a really solid meal.
Location: 135 W Broadway
Striving to create a cozy “home away from home” atmosphere, The Greek is the place to go when you want to be treated like family. Given the restaurant’s name, the fact that you are in for some delicious Mediterranean cuisine should not be a mystery. But, even better, you can dine here knowing that the ingredients are all natural and organic, featuring both local and Greek products. From the spanakopita to the souvlaki, you are in for a treat at The Greek.
Location: 458 Greenwich Street
For a quick grab-and-go meal to take back to our office in Flatiron, Cafe Clementine should be your go-to. The menu changes daily, offering countless options for sandwiches, soups, and salads. Consistency is key, and Cafe Clementine customers claim that they would willing order anything on the menu and be confident that it will taste great. At least three vegetarian options are offered every day, and they also have a half-sandwich option but be sure to top lunch off with one of the fresh-baked cookies staring at you from the counter. If you’re looking for a meal that will make you feel like mom made it with love (brown paper bag included), Cafe Clementine has it in spades.
Location: 227 W Broadway
When you want to treat yourself or a friend to something really special, Tamarind offers an elegant atmosphere, excellent service, and delectable Indian cuisine. On your hunt for the best lunch in Tribeca, this definitely has to be on the list. The prix fixe Executive Lunch Menu provides a choice of soup, two entrees, five spice pilau rice, a vegetable, and a dessert at an incredible bargain of just $28. There are delicious options to satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Location: 99 Hudson Street
“Australian food – what’s that??” That may be the response you get when you suggest grabbing lunch at Two Hands to your co-workers, but they’ll thank you later. Inspired by the culinary scene Down Under, this friendly cafe is a light-filled space that offers simple, nutritious, and delicious food. When a busy morning at work has worn you down, fuel up with a grass-fed beef burger, grain salad (featuring farro & bulgur), or a pulled chicken bowl – paired with one of their many quality coffees or teas. Then treat yourself to a gluten-free carrot cake or banana nut bread for dessert.
Location: 251 Church Street
Established in 1990, Bubby’s celebrates American food as a cuisine that encompasses all who built America. The scrumptious menu is fully of tasty, hearty delights like buttermilk biscuits, matzo ball soup, and chicken pot pie. And if you have ever lamented the limits of lunch options on many restaurant menus, Bubby’s has a huge “Breakfast for Lunch” section that includes the luscious likes of caramelized banana & toasted walnut pancakes, huevos rancheros, and eggs benedict.
Location: 120 Hudson Street
If you spend your days working in an office, chances are that sooner or later you’re going to have to treat someone to a business lunch. For those occasions, Locanda Verde tops the list. Described as “Tribeca in restaurant form,” the popular lunch spot features bright-light windows, drawings on the walls, and a plethora or plants, creating a welcoming atmosphere. The Sheep’s Milk Ricotta and the Lamb Meatball Sliders will not disappoint but, if we’re being honest, nothing on the menu will. As an added bonus, if your business lunch takes a dull turn, Locanda Verde is known as a celebrity-sighting hotspot, with regulars including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, and Hugh Jackman.
Location: 377 Greenwich St