Where to Dine During the Tribeca Film Festival

Where to Dine During the Tribeca Film Festival

Nothing says a great night out on the town like dinner and a movie. And, those film buffs and foodies that find themselves in NYC next week are in luck; the Tribeca Film Festival is once again headed downtown! This annual event, held April 15 thru 26, will welcome hundreds of films to NYC’s downtown cinemas, including 64 feature-length world premieres, lectures, panel discussions and other special events. For a complete schedule, click here. And, check out below for great area restaurants to dine at before or after a screening.

Tribeca Grill
This venerable institution—co-owned by Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro—serves innovative American cuisine (think Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, with avocado mousse, black bean & pineapple salsa; Goat Cheese Ravioli, with wild mushrooms & shaved pecorino; Pistachio Crusted Swordfish, with tomatoes, artichokes & fennel; and Banana Tart—with one dollar for every one of the delectable dessert sold benefitting Hayden's Heroes, a charity dedicated to supporting former Tribeca Grill pastry and sous chef (and banana tart creator) Gerry Hayden, who was diagnosed with ALS.

The Crosby Bar
The lively, whimsically decorated space—complete with colorful, striped booths, an eclectic mix of artwork and a large wooden dodo bird hovering over the bar—in the namesake Crosby Street Hotel is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visitors can enjoy a full-fledged meal of the Chilean sea bass, Whole Butter Poached Lobster and Aged Creekstone 16 oz. Rib Eye variety, or grab a light bite and creative cocktail, such as the hotel’s signature Tiger’s Eye—a flavorful elixir with Stolichnaya vodka, cinnamon, lemon juice and pear nectar, topped with Champagne and star anise.

Manhattan Proper
This restaurant, bar and social club takes the standard bar grub up a notch, with a menu consisting of Mac & Cheese—with the choice of truffle, three cheese or bacon jalapeño; Sriracha Shrimp; and a Truffle Burger with sautéed portobello mushrooms, manchego cheese, drizzled balsamic reduction and truffle oil. Folks can stop by for happy hour Monday thru Fri. from 4 to 7 p.m., with plenty of deals—from $4 bubbly brews to $6 well-mixed cocktails.

Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy’s downtown outpost features a dynamic menu of contemporary bistro cuisine that blends French and Italian staples, plus plenty of wines from an award-winning list. Opt for the crispy sweetbreads with green beans & horseradish or chicken liver cavatelli with caramelized onion & bacon from the Landmarc Classics’ section of the menu.  

ROC Restaurant
After watching a flick, enjoy a fabulous Italian dinner on the restaurant’s outdoor sidewalk café such as Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, with tomato and mozzarella; Lasagna al Pesto e Zucca with winter vegetables; and Beef Ribs Agnolotti with cream sauce and pumpkin seeds.



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