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Fuel Your Film Festival

Food & Drink

Your go-to dining and drinking guide during Tribeca Film Festival

We’ve explored the best places to eat and drink around the festival so you don’t have to give it another thought. OK, Google Maps at the ready… 

Dinner & Drinks

If farmers-market-fresh ingredients, snazzy surroundings and the filmmaker crowd appeal to you then Little Park at The Smyth Hotel is your home-sweet-home this festival. Chef and owner Andrew Carmellini’s recently opened hot spot is often booked up well in advance, but try your luck, it’ll be worth it. There’s always the elegant Evening Bar next door where the cocktails sparkle and the bar menu is also Carmellini approved.

Coffee & Croissants

Scoot to Arcade Bakery for a morning croissant treat (weekdays only) and then get your coffee fix at La Colombe, but take note that it’s for serious coffee drinkers only!

Your Best-Bet Burger

Smith & Mills is the coziest and most intimate spot in Tribeca. Employees Only owners Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein have transformed this tiny carriage house into a 1930s-style bar with a small but delicious menu of raw bar morsels and more hearty rustic dishes.  We think it has one of the best burgers in town. Open late.

Italians Do It Better

For Tuscan fair and Roman warmth head to Gild Hall’s Felice. Chill out in leather booths, admire the dramatic chandeliers, sip Sauvignon and nibble on the best antipasti plate in town. Felice is perfect for every meal, any time of day.

Classic New York (or Paris)

The Odeon is a favorite of locals and “old school New Yorkers” alike. The steak frites are always on point and the gorgeous servers (many an aspiring actor & musicians) are damn good too.

The Carbones

At CARBONE you’ll feel like you just stepped into a scene from Goodfellas in this is ultra traditional Italian-American restaurant that lovingly pays homage to mid-20th century in New York. You will need a reservation and it’s definitely three dollar signs but well worth the experience with exceptional food and service.

Super Sichuan

With a new and expanded location, it’s now possible to get your fix at Mission Chinese Food without the two-hour wait, well, late night at least. Perfect for an after-film feast with friends. Go spicy!

People-Watching Perfection

Sexy crowd, sensational food and an intimate setting—Estela is perfect for people watching during Festival time.

Bagel Watch

If you’re willing to walk to Nolita, head to Black Seed Bagels for a super casual late night snack. These guys have hand-rolled, wood-fired pizza bagels. Need we say more? Thursday through Saturday they’re open from 10pm till 4am.

Bar Hopping (Minus the College Students)

Ward III is the perfect mix of whiskey bar, serious cocktail den and neighborhood watering hole. The bartenders take their craft seriously and yet the vibe is still relaxed and warm. 

When it comes to New York cocktail bars, Weather Up, clad in shimmering white tiles, is the real deal. With outposts in Austin and Brooklyn, they know what they are doing. Their daily cocktail is inspired by seasonal ingredients—an absolute must.

Terrior is a bustling wine bar offering hundreds of wines from all over the world. The knowledgeable servers love to chat region, variety and more if you’re up for it. It’s perfect for a pre-show vino and charcuterie plate or a late-night Malbec and grilled cheese sandwich. They also have a great happy hour (before 6pm) for pre-movie munchies.

Arcade Bakery