In the News: Ancient Baths

••• The New York Post catches wind of Ancient Baths coming to 86-88 Franklin and doesn’t really have anything new to say about it—other than that it’s opening next month. Read more about it here. UPDATE: The New York website is live at, with prices and photos that may or may not be the Tribeca location.

••• “A former executive at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum received nearly $300,000 in severance pay when she left in 2010. […] Joan Gerner was among four executives with the non-for-profit who received compensation over $300,000.” That’s a lot of pennies. —Wall Street Journal

••• “The price tag for One World Trade Center, the signature skyscraper under construction at Ground Zero in New York, has risen to more than $3.8 billion, making it by far the world’s most expensive new office tower.” —Wall Street Journal

••• “Keeping residents happy during roof construction is tricky at the best of times, especially when it is going on at night. But at least one resident of Tribeca Pointe, located at 41 River Terrace, has had enough with the project at Stuyvesant High School next door.” —Broadsheet

••• Eater asked its readers to recommend underrated restaurants, and SHO Shaun Hergatt came up a lot. I finally went a few months ago, specifically because I kept hearing how good it was. (Corton and Rosanjin also made the list.) Anyway, the “underrated” idea is interesting. What’s your idea of an underrated restaurant in the area? Despite the three restaurants mentioned above, I don’t think they need to be expensive to qualify.

••• “Think of it as Google maps, wearing beer goggles.” Beer goggles make everything (and more to the point, everyone) look better—they don’t make you see beer. “The State Liquor Authority is getting ready to launch a new interactive map, plotting each and every bar licensed in the city as well as all pending applications and violations bars have logged.” —DNAinfo


1 Comment

  1. I was one of the folks who mentioned SHO. Why? Because the food is consistently delicious and beautiful, the service very good, and the prix fixe a bargain. And because they were pretty responsive to early criticisms. Besides, as a 30-plus-year downtown resident (not Tribeca and most definitely NOT “FiDi”), I am so tired of people saying that it’s impossible to find SHO, or that it’s difficult to get to, or some such nonsense.

    Now, to answer *your* question: Taj Tribeca, on Murray Street. This is not a Sixth-Street-everything-from-the-same-pot place. Each dish is distinctly flavored, and the quality is good for the price point. That they have one of my all-time favorite Indian street foods–gol gopta (they call it something different, maybe pani poori?)–helps, too. The place has been through a lot of iterations (and names) over the years since it was Tiffin, including having a very ambitious chef (excellent but a bit too ambitious in his cooking) and being a vegetarian restaurant. As it is now, it’s one of our go-to places. When I brought a serious food friend here, having made a reservation in error when I had promised her Tamarind Tribeca, she was not the least bit unhappy. Me neither!