Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tribeca Restaurant Reviews-'Tamarind', 'Tribeca Grill' and 'Gigino Trattoria

One of the good things about living in the Financial District is it's close proximity to TriBeca and it's great choice of restaurants.  As it can be a pain getting downtown on a Saturday evening (cabs are hard to find and who wants to get on the subway all dressed up ;-), we thought we would take advantage of the 15 minute walk and try some new places to eat.  I have reviewed some of my favourites:

I love Indian food and as Tamarind has a Michelin star I really wanted to give it a try.  The restaurant decor is cool and trendy and there was a good atmosphere.  They offer an extensive menu with familiar classics as well as some more interesting dishes.  

To start we had the Kashmiri Tikki (beetroot and ricotta cheese patties) and Bataki Kosha (spicy duck wrap), both of which were delicious.  The portions were much bigger than I expected and next time I would only order one dish to share.  

For our main course we had the Morg Kolahpuri (chicken with various spices) and Daab Chingri (prawns in a coconut curry sauce) with pilau rice and naan bread.  Everything was scrumptious, the food was spicy and very tasty.  We left the restaurant feeling absolutely stuffed!  The service was excellent, the waiter was one of the nicest I have come across since moving to the city.  Great place, definitely worth a visit!

Tribeca Grill
I have always wanted to eat in here and my lovely husband took me for my birthday.  The exposed brick gives the place a warehouse feel, which makes it feel spacious and airy.  The tables aren't too close together, which I always appreciate as it is so rare to get a spacious table in NYC! 

I had the 'Main Lobster Salad' to start which was very light and I enjoyed the citrus flavours.  I had another appetizer for my main course,  the 'Jumbo Lump Crab Cake' and I shared some sides with my hubby.  We finished off with the cheese plate, which was a great way to end the meal. The food was of a high standard, the ingredients were fresh and everything tasted delicious.

The only small criticism I had was regarding the service, it was quite slow and it took ages for our order to be taken.  However, we had a great evening and I would love to go back in the future.

Gigino Trattoria
I wish we had tried this casual Italian sooner as it has a great atmosphere and the food is excellent.  It is decorated like a traditional Italian restaurant and has a homey feel to it.  

They have a large menu full of various pizza's and pasta's as well as meat and fish dishes.  They also have a specials board which changes regularly.  We didn't have a starter as we enjoyed nibbling on the bread basket and the portions looked generous.  I went with the amatriciana pasta special and my hubby ordered the 'Paradiso' pizza made with apple, chicken, gorgonzola and provolone cheese.  Both dishes were so good!  We ended up sharing everything as we both liked the food so much.  

The service was good and nicely paced out, they didn't rush us even though it was busy.  It was also priced more reasonably than some of the other restaurants in the area.  It is definitely a neighborhood gem!

I would make reservations at these restaurants, especially at the weekend and you can book them for free via http://www.opentable.com/new-york-city-restaurants.

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