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A Staycation Guide to Tribeca in New York City

by Jacqueline Kirby Zonkowski
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Here in Hudson County, it feels like we’re close to just about everything – the beach, the mountains, and three major airports for a more ambitious getaway. Perhaps a better-kept secret is how close we are to an NYC staycation. Just two stops away via PATH is one of Hoboken Girl’s favorite neighborhoods for a low-effort, high-reward staycation: Tribeca. Read on to learn more about what makes this nearby neighborhood such a great spot for a local getaway. 

About the Neighborhood

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For those who may be wondering what Tribeca means, here’s a little refresher – Triangle Below Canal. This part of the city is not overrun by tourists and that’s what we love most about it. That, and the idyllic cobblestone streets and industrial-era architecture make for a great change of pace from the 9-to-5 buzz of Midtown.

This lower Manhattan neighborhood may be most famous for its annual Tribeca Film Festival which draws celebrities and festival-goers to the area each year. Tribeca is known as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in NYC due in large part to its buzzing restaurant scene, incredible nightlife, cobblestone streets lined with boutiques, and the fact that Taylor Swift calls it home. 

Tribeca is at the center of all the action in the heart of Manhattan making it an easy walk to Chinatown for some dim sum, shopping, and cocktails in SoHo, and Greenwich Village for fine dining while still steering clear of the busy tourist traps. Check out some of the incredible places that make Tribeca one of the most coveted spots to live in the country, and say hello to Tay while you’re there. 

Where to Stay

Walker Hotel Tribeca | 77 Walker Street

The Walker Hotel Tribeca has cozy rooms with great city views, a Blue Bottle Coffee for a caffeine fix, and a coworking lounge with chill vibes. Guests can enjoy breakfast, buffet lunch, or dinner at the Argentinian restaurant on site, Mostrador. 

The Roxy Hotel | 2 6th Avenue

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Anyone who has ever walked through Tribeca has likely passed The Roxy and wondered, ‘Is that a movie theater, an oyster bar, or a hotel?’ Yes, yes, and yes, plus a rooftop lounge. The rooms are more spacious than most of the city, making it a great stop on a weekday staycation to be inspired by some new views. 

Smyth Tribeca | 85 West Broadway

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Located in the heart of Tribeca, just a 5-minute walk from the World Trade Center PATH station is the Smyth Hotel. The hotel hosts Smyth Tavern for bistro-style fare, the Galerie Bar with a swanky cocktail menu and fireplace, and is pet-friendly. To really want to splurge, or host a swanky dinner party for your nearest and dearest, book the Penthouse Terrace Suite. It’s 1,200 square feet with an 800 square foot terrace complete with al fresco dining for eight. 

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Where to Eat + Drink

We all know the name of the game is food, and Tribeca doesn’t disappoint. We could write a novel about all the places to dine, but these stand out for food, service, and fun. 

Mostrador | 28 Courtlandt Alley

This menu is small but mighty. The entire menu comprises about ten items, and if you’re really going to do it right, post up in the corner booth, order one of everything, and people-watch while you sip craft cocktails or South American wine and nibble the night away. Don’t sleep on dessert either; the dulce de leche flan is out of this world, so let your taste buds have some fun!

Locanda Verde | 377 Greenwich Street

Locanda Verde is a well-established, trendy Italian restaurant in The Greenwich Hotel. Diners who sit indoors will get a taste of downtown hustle and bustle, while al fresco dining is a more laid-back approach, perhaps a better perch to get a celeb spotting to submit to DeuxMoi. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an urban Italian touch. 

Añejo Tribeca | 301 Church Street

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Great Mexican food, lunch specials, happy hour, and a full tequila bar… this classic spot has everything covered.  This rustic setting is a vibe once the clock strikes 5. The incredible cocktail menu also comes in flights, with multiple margaira and Mezcal options. 

Puffy’s Tavern | 81 Hudson Street

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A classic dive bar meets Wall Street at Puffy’s Tavern. This spot is more relaxed during the day but once the work day ends, get shoulder to shoulder with all of the suits, catch a game, and down a draft. 

Laughing Man Coffee | 184 Duane Street

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This coffee spot is owned by Hugh Jackson and supports coffee farmers around the world via its fair trade practices and charitable arm. Laughing Man Coffee has streetside seating in addition to its expansive indoor cafe, plus a retail shop to take home your favorite coffee in bulk. The cafe also has snacks and a selection of wine and beer. 

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Things to Do

Aire Ancient Baths | 88 Franklin Street

The global spa chain has an outpost in Tribeca with a full menu of the most luxurious spa services, including a red wine bath that some NBA players swear by. Whether it’s for a couple’s day, a girlfriend’s day, or some alone time, relax your body, soul, and mind in this tranquil oasis. 

Visit Ghostbusters Headquarters | 14 North Moore Street

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No trip to Tribeca would be complete without a visit to headquarters at Hook & Ladder 8. The location comes alive during Comic Con and on Ghostbusters Day, June 10th, when it’s overrun with a whole squad ready to take on any supernatural phenomenon that may pop up. In New York City, that could be any day. 

The Mysterious Bookshop | 58 Warren Street

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The Mysterious Bookshop is just the spot to find your next great read. The store originally opened in 1979 and has had a vast selection of mystery reads, games, and first editions ever since. It also has a small children’s section, so even the younger shoppers can take part in the magic of shopping at an independent bookstore.  

Build Your Own Bakery Tour

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Tribeca is home to a number of bakeries to satisfy any sweet tooth. For cupcakes and pie, visit Billy’s Bakery. If you’re looking to try something new, Duane Park Patisserie has a selection of treats on display and does custom orders. Their sister spot, Ring Ding Bar, is home to the Smorgasburg-famous Ring Dings, Chef Madeline’s take on the classic snack cake. Grandaisy Bakery is home to classic Italian pastries, artisanal bread including fresh Challah Fridays, and Roman-style pizza for anyone looking for a savory bite. 

Roxy Cinema | 2 Avenue of the Americas

Visitors can catch an Arthouse film in this Art-Deco 1920s-style cinema. It’s an elevated movie-going experience thanks to the full bar with craft cocktails, beer, and wine to wash down the popcorn and candy. Enjoy live Q&A sessions, documentaries, and special programming to switch it up from what’s playing at the local multiplex. The cinema has a yearly membership that includes unlimited showings and complimentary popcorn.

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