Quiz: Dead Restaurants (Part 7)

Since the Tribeca Citizen Restaurant Guide was founded in 2011, many restaurants have been removed upon their closing. Here are blurbs describing 12 deceased establishments, with their names and other pertinent proper nouns redacted. Feel free to answer in the comments. (All of the restaurants are in Tribeca proper.) These are a bit tougher than Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5, and Part 6. The next post, which is the final one, should be the hardest. UPDATE: The answers have been posted at the end.

1. XXXXXX is a contemporary take on the great American steakhouse, with an ambience aimed at not alienating a younger crowd and/or women. To your left as you walk in is a spacious lounge with a vaulted ceiling, curved bar, and windows on two sides; it’s suitably lit for a date, whether you’re meeting for a before-dinner drink or an after-dinner “pie-tini” or “cake-tail.” (Then again, the 48-ounce martini on the menu indicates the bar also appeals to groups.) To the right is the more grown-up dining room. The menu is designed like a steakhouse—you pay for sides—and it’s fairly decadent (fondue, pork belly tater tots, lobster-and-white-truffle mac and cheese).

2. Kurobuta corn dog. Lotus root chips with wasabi guacamole. Shrimp nachos. Mac and cheese with a poached egg. Chicken pot pie. When XXXXXX says his restaurant serves “comfort food,” he means it. But the food is better than you might expect, with surprising touches. The room is far less exuberant, with fabric panels decorated with wintry trees and creepy chandeliers casting ribbons of shadow here and there.

3. Diet? What diet? XXXXXX serves Philly cheesesteaks with beef, chicken, or—if you insist—vegetables, slathered with grilled onions and Cheez Whiz, white American cheese, or provolone. The atmosphere isn’t much, but you’ll be focusing on your sandwich anyway. If you’re feeling especially decadent/hungover, you can also get fries or onion rings. Note: Gotta love a restaurant that serves Hawaiian Punch.

4. XXXXXX is a kiosk where you can order the very strong Cuban-style coffee in several formats: a colada (one cup that you share via little cups), a cortadito (akin to a macchiato), or con leche (like a latte). The café also sells Harney & Sons tea and Cuban sodas, and the food offerings will be expanding from just pastries and cookies to include Cuban sandwiches and flan. The name (“XXXXXX” in Spanish) is evidently an old pirate term for a hidden cove; it also happens to be the name of a beach in Cuba, the founders’ favorite while growing up there.

5. Serving tasty Roman-style pizza (i.e., rectangular and light on toppings), XXXXXX has developed a following beyond students at XXXXXX down the street. Bread similar to the pizza crust gets used for sandwiches—including several vegetarian varieties—while salads are freshly made and every day brings a different baked pasta (which usually sells out). The pizzeria’s atmosphere, which started out as not much to speak of, has been accumulating charm—and it’s definitely nicer than your average slice joint; moreover, owner XXXXXX is a character.

6. A long, L-shaped room with an unrelated wine shop (XXXXXX) tucked alongside it, XXXXXX is a relatively large wine bar with mostly lounge seating. A range of wines by the glass is available, but they tend not to be inexpensive; if you’re willing to go for the whole bottle, you can often get half off around happy hour. The food options include cheese, charcuterie, and similar nibblybits. Reservations can be made. Note: In summer, the handful of tables on the loading dock are highly coveted.

7. A hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant with sister establishments in Thailand. The room is somewhat bare bones—a stone wall notwithstanding—and delivery is more popular than dining in.

8. Long, dark, and sexy, XXXXXX brings a dose of high-glamour nightlife to Tribeca. The front is lined the walls with low banquettes, tables, and benches; the elevated bar (watch your step!) is about three-quarters of the way back, and there’s a space behind it that’s reachable by a “secret” passageway that goes via the kitchen. The marble bar itself is much deeper than usual, so that the bartenders have room to work. The ingredients are all fresh, as is the trend, with homemade “tinctures” in medicine bottles that are used in the drinks. A bartender may also do a magic trick now and again, which explains the Houdini posters on one wall.

9. XXXXXX feels like a high-end estancia, one that would be as home in Aspen as in South America: There are high leather banquettes and Argentine fabrics tastefully deployed. The main focus, as one would expect from an Argentine restaurant, is beef, perhaps cooked on the parrilla (its open flame is visible in the kitchen at the rear). Other favorites include the oven-roasted provolone and the empanadas.

10. XXXXXX is a far cry from the Vietnamese joints over in Chinatown, with a style that’s contemporary (or contemporary enough) and lighting that’s pretty. What the food lacks in adventurousness it makes up for in consistency.

11. XXXXXX looks like it could double as an antiques shop (what with ceramic urns, iron gates, and an old phonograph amid the decor) or perhaps someone’s living room (what with the deep red walls and wingback chairs). The menu is mostly traditional Turkish: You can make a meal of mezze or go the appetizer-entrée route. There’s pretty outdoor seating in nice weather.

12. You descend a flight of stairs to find the bar on your right, with the rest of the room devoted to booths and tables; panels of white fabric hang between the booths. The menu, as one would expect, focuses on caviar dishes. The retail case opens at 5 p.m., along with the bar, but if you have a caviar emergency during the day, you can always call 800-4-CAVIAR to have it brought right over.


Answers: 1) Dylan Prime. 2) Tribeca Canvas. 3) Carl’s Steaks. 4) Café Boca Ciega. 5) Farinella. 6) Vinovino. 7) 35 Thai. 8) Theater Bar. 9) Industria Argentina. 10) Nam. 11) Turks & Frogs. 12) Caviarteria.



  1. 9-Churrascaria Tribeca

  2. 11- Turks and Frogs

  3. 12 – Caviateria? I still miss Silver Lining in the same spot.

  4. 3 – Carl’s Steaks
    10 – Viet Cafe
    11 – Turks and Frogs

  5. 1 — Dylan Prime
    5 — Farinella

  6. 7 — Thirty-Five Thai

  7. 2 – Tribeca Canvas
    4 – Boca Ciega

  8. The Viet Cafe is indeed OPEN and the food is really good there as well as being healthy dishes! Lan, the owner does a terrific job in that restaurant, regards, Sonia Stock

  9. 8- Bar Cirque (RIP)

  10. 6 – Maslow 6 Wine Bar

  11. #8 sounds like Theater Bar @114 Franklin St ?

  12. This quiz is in extreme poor taste. You all must have a lot of time on your hands.

  13. been interesting reading part 1-7, and seeing some names not thought about in years.

    A few i didn’t see or missed in reading….Nam Phuong on 6th avenue(across from the old garden center/then tribeca grand)very nice family and wonderful food. Grace on Franklin St with the long bar … Franklin Station Cafe, which thankfully is relocated to Chinatown as Aux Epices. the movies in that small spot and New Year’s Eve dinners with Mel and Mai.

    Anyone remember NoMoore, corner of North Moore and W Broadway? Interesting concept, more of a bar and some tables and they had takeout menus for local tribeca spots and you’d order and they’d pick up from your choice and bring it to their spot.