Forget the hotel bar and room service. Get a real taste of New York City by taking a subway train downtown. Head south of Greenwich Village to the Triangle Below Canal Street, also known as TriBeCa. The industrial district is a mix of old warehouses that have been converted into loft apartments, restaurants, new businesses taking advantage of the hot real estate, and old businesses relishing the area's rebound since September 11.
Robert De Niro co-owns a restaurant, Tribeca Grill, in the area on Greenwich St. at Franklin St. Visitors may also recognize aspects of the area's architecture from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, which was filmed at a Tribeca firehouse. De Niro and Jane Rosenthal launched the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan and celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center. The two cofounded the Tribeca Film Center back in 1989.
The area is full of upscale eateries and casual dives. Bubby's is a diner on Hudson Street that offers the occasional star sighting. The Odeon is a small, casual bar and restaurant on Broadway that was hugely popular in the 1980s and is now considered a local icon. Bread Tribeca offers Italian-influenced sandwiches on Church St. Also on Church St., visitors may choose to finish an evening at Kori's for Korean food and cocktails.