120 Hudson St.
(at N. Moore)
American (Traditional)

A Tribeca institution for more than 20 years, Bubby’s started out when Ron Silver—who had been baking pies surreptitiously—decided to serve Thanksgiving dinner to friends and neighbors; it was such a success that Bubby’s simply stayed open. From families to celebs to old-guard artists, the restaurant has remained a go-to, downhome spot even as the neighborhood has gentrified around it (to wit, you can get Botoxed next door). The food is as accessible as it has always been—fried chicken, meatloaf, etc.—but in recent years Silver has embraced local sourcing and non-industrial farms with an impressive zeal. The cash-only brunch is a veritable scene, drawing uptowners as much as (if not more than) locals.