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Tribeca Related links Best New York City Restaurants: Our Picks If you're heading downtown to shop, to relax in the parks, or just to hang around, here is a selection of restaurants.Arqua This is one of the prettiest places in the neighborhood for lunch: a sunnily painted dining room with lots of light, high ceilings; flowers on the long bar, and well-spaced tables make it a natural.

Terrific pastas, and specials, too.

(281 Church Street; 212-334-1888)Capsouto Freres They have been in the neighborhood almost as long as there's been a neighborhood.

The food is classic, with entrees like poached salmon and roast duck.

Decor is welcoming, with enormous windows, exposed-brick walls, and wood floors.

If it's brunch you want, there are excellent omelets and good French toast.

Nice for dinner or a drink.

(451 Washington Street; 212-966-4900)Chanterelle What price civilization? Well, at this TriBeCa landmark, it's very expensive.

There's nothing faddish about the ambience.

The pale dining room is a picture of understated elegance with tall windows, soaring ceilings, well-spaced tables, and oversized flower arrangements.

And there's nothing faddish about the food, either.

Chef-owner David Waltuck turns out classically prepared, beautifully plated entrees that lean heavily on fish but also include beef, lamb, and pork specialties on a menu that changes every month or so.

(2 Harrison Street ; 212-966-6960)City Hall This is a big, boisterous kind of a place, with a busy dining room and an even busier bar.

It's a steakhouse, but caters almost as much to non-meat eaters, with excellent fish--especially the pan roasts.

(131 Duane Street 212-227-7777)Duane Park Café On the outside there's a pretty green-painted facade complete with planted window boxes; indoors, there's a cozy little bar up front and a candle-lit dining room with peach-painted walls, plenty of flowers, and comfortably spaced tables.

The menu hews pretty closely to the New American line, with an emphasis on herbed and crusted fish as well as beef, lamb, duck, and chicken.

(157 Duane Street between West B'way & Hudson; 212-732-5555)Landmarc Sleek is the way to describe this relative newcomer, which has taken over the space that was once Independent.

Glass, brick, steel are the architectural touchstones; Italian specials, French bistro fare, and great American steaks all find their way on to the menu.

(179 West Broadway; 212-343-3883)Nobu Next Door It looks like Nobu.

And it tastes like Nobu.

The big difference is that you can get in.

This younger sibling of the Japanese powerhouse restaurant was opened to satisfy all those complaints from people who couldn't get a table.

So, at the place they call "Next Door," there's a no-reservations policy.

If you get there early enough (it opens at 5:45), you can just walk in and take a seat at the sushi bar.

The menu is very much the same as at Nobu, and the prices, alas, are just as high.

(105 Hudson Street; 212-334-4445)Odeon Some things really don't change.

Odeon was a revelation when it opened in the '80s, a place where trendy young hipsters could stay up late, drink to their heart's content, and eat well for not a lot of money.

It's still that way, but since the '80s youngsters have grown up, so has the restaurant, and you see a lot of strollers around the place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Evenings, though, the place can still party.

The bar gets going, and the restaurant forgets its age.

Menu standbys are the same: There's a really great burger; the roast chicken is very good; the pate is reliable, and the fries are delish.

Also, there are salads, sandwiches, grilled fish, and filet mignon.

(145 West Broadway; 212-233-0507)Yaffa The sister to the East Village institution is a colorful restaurant at Greenwich and Harrison streets.

Eat burgers, salads, breakfasts, most with a middle eastern touch.

Outdoor seating.

(353 Greenwich Street; 212-274-9403)Gigino Trattoria This trattoria in Tribeca has become a neighborhood institution.

Its rustic decor gives it a warm, welcoming feeling, and the friendly staff make it even more appealing.

Families are well-represented here, and prices are reasonable.

Pastas, chicken, steak, and fish show up on the menu, but the brick-oven pizza is the real standout.

(323 Greenwich Street ; 212-431-1112)Bubby's Definitely a neighborhood place--although this neighborhood includes the likes of Harvey Keitel and Robert de Niro.

Relax, though.

Bubby's is as laid-back as they come, with friendly staff and a down-home menu even the kids will be happy with.

Classic American cooking (the desserts are famous); the place is an especially good choice for brunch--if you can get in.

(120 Hudson Street; 212-219-0666)Petite Abeille This restaurant is a reminder of the (brief) vogue for Belgian bistros that hit the city a few summers back.

Still, the mussels are tasty, the frites are super, the place is cheerful, and the price is right.

(134 West Broadway; 212-791-1360)Walker's With its handsome old-fashioned bar, this neighborhood institution (a tavern has been located here since 1877) is a haven if you're looking for comfort food in a neighborhood better known for upscale steaks, designer fish, and high prices.

The kitchen puts its own spin on fish and chicken dishes; there are good salads and a lunchtime burger.

Sunday brunch is busy and popular.

(16 North Moore Street; 212-941-0142),0,996129.story
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