SWEET SPOT

Having Tribeca as your home base has its perks. The river, the Odeon, the ever-present Citibike stations. There are galleries, incredible boutiques. Tons of fast-and-friendly dining options? Not so much.Which is why we were so stoked when Almond, a much-beloved bistro based out east in the Hamptons, opened up an outpost right here on Franklin Street. With easy atmosphere and an unfussy attitude, this is the place we find ourselves bringing the kids for brunch on Saturday when everyone else is queued up around the corner at Bubby’s (no disrespect: we love you, Bubby’s!)

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 Almond |Credit: Clay Williams

With a menu that aims to please everyone (note, bring your parents here when they’re in town—we defy them to find something to complain about), you can grab a burger, dig into a delicious breakfast burrito, or keep it simple with Greek yogurt & granola. The star of the brunch menu is the signature Almond hash, which ditches beef in favor of duck (this is Tribeca, after all). Crispy, rich, decadent—this is a meal to help you recover from overindulging last night. There are gorgeously crafted cocktails, too, in case meeting for a post-work drink is on the agenda. Sidle up to the beautiful marble raw bar and take in the seafood display or hang out under the vibrant Scalamandre zebra wallpaper on the back wall while you sip a California Kid (Mezcal, Milagro and Campari with a lime twist).

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Almond | Credit: Clay Williams

Owners Eric Lemonides , Jason Weiner (his wife is Almond, hence the name), and Antonia Rappazzo have worked hard to keep their regulars coming back for more, keeping things cozy, comfortable, and pricing plates so that locals who don’t feel like cooking dinner won’t feel guilty about coming in more than once or twice a month. “There are restaurants in TriBeCa that I absolutely love,” Lemonides told WWD, “But there are very few really good, let’s-take-the-kids-and-go-get-something-to-eat places. Our bread and butter are the people who live up the block and are like, ‘come on, let’s go to Almond.’” We are those people. We’ll see you there.