TCQ&A: “Tribeca Needs a Good Chinese Restaurant”

Tania Anthony has always loved shopping, but after working at a medical software company, she managed to turn it into a business: Resale-Riches, an online consignment boutique. “When my entire department was laid off in 2002, I started dabbling in finding and reselling vintage and couture pieces,” she says. “I know whenever I get my hands on something good, people will be e-mailing me for months—even long after the item has sold.” Originally from the Ukraine, she grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Tribeca with her daughters, Rebecca and Leah. (Portrait courtesy Tania Anthony.)

How long have you lived in the area?
I moved here from Park Slope in 1993.

Which restaurants do you frequent most often?
It used to be Petite Abeille when my kids were younger—it was always so kid-friendly, and the mussels and fries were always a hit with my girls. But for some reason, lately it’s been mostly Dean’s, perhaps because it’s across the street, but also my daughter Leah can eat their square pizza 24/7. And we go to Jerry’s fairly regularly.

Capri Caffé by Melissa Hom (courtesy Grub Street)

Which restaurants do you tend to go to for special occasions?
Capri Caffé on Church Street. It’s completely inconspicuous, but the food is delish, and very reasonable, plus the owners are incredibly welcoming.

Where do you order in (or get take-out) from? Are there dishes you always order?
Gigino and Tokyo Bay, at least three times a week. The Sashimi Regular and shrimp tempura roll from Tokyo Bay and the Gigino pizza.

Lot-Less on Chambers

Which shops do you find it hard to resist popping into when you pass by?
Bell Bates, always. I also seem to have a hard time resisting the two Lot-Less stores, and Kings Pharmacy.

What was the last non-essential item you bought in Tribeca or BPC?
Something silly from the Balloon Saloon, I’m sure. I often get birthday gifts there, and I usually end up with some impulse purchase for Leah, my younger daughter.

Are there any services (salon, fitness, etc.) that you’re particularly glad are in the neighborhood?
Cass Lilian’s jewelry shop, Window 24, on Harrison—not only do I love Cass’s beautiful pieces, but she’s a master at jewelry repairs. She can fix just about anything!

What’s the area’s best-kept secret?
Tribeca Tarot Reader Liat Silberman, and the styling and closet/wardrobe organizing service, Cameo Closets. Oh, and the guy at the corner of Canal and Greenwich who sells used junk (I think only on weekends). I recently discovered him, but when I inquired, I was told he’s been there for years.

Where do you always take out-of-towners?
Hudson River Park, without fail. And Bubby’s.

171 Duane

Which neighborhood building do you wish you lived in and/or owned?
The ground floor of 171 Duane, where Tribeca Girls was. That would be the ideal live/work scenario for me.

What’s your favorite part of the area (street, park, whatever)?
All the cobblestone streets, and I have a special place in my heart for Staple Street.

Your most memorable celebrity sighting?
Seeing Mayor Bloomberg on Greenwich after meeting a certain Erik Torkells for coffee.

If you could change one thing about the neighborhood, what would it be?
I would change the street parking zoning in northern Tribeca to residential.

Washington Market Park

What’s changed around here that you like? That you don’t?
I really like the Washington Market Park renovations, and I think once Pier 25 is ready it’ll be great. But I still miss Socrates, and I’m not a fan of the ever-expanding construction in BPC that’s shrinking the ballfield. The field was double the size when my kids first started Downtown Soccer League.

What’s your best Tribeca story?
When a taxi driver decided he needed to educate me about the fact that it’s not Moore Street, but North Moore Street, as he was making the left on Varick. I told him I already knew that?!?!

Any questions you wish you’d been asked?
Yes, if there’s anything I feel is missing in the neighborhood. We could use a good vegetarian/raw food restaurant or two. And Tribeca needs a good Chinese restaurant. It’s very frustrating not to have one, and I don’t care if Chinatown is down the block. OK, I’ll get off my soapbox and go back to ordering from Grand Sichuan.

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1 Comment

  1. Tania is so fabulous, and I so agree with her about good Chinese Restaurant!