A neighborhood restaurant is a thing of beauty. A quiet place where you can savor your meal and linger at your table, chatting with local neighbors is a New York City treasure: yes, this is the city that never sleeps, but it is also a city of neighborhoods, and every ‘hood has its hub. We’re beyond thrilled that Houseman, (from the Swedish ‘husmanskost’ or ‘everyday food’) a cozy spot nestled on a quiet stretch of Greenwich Street right above Canal, has settled into our backyard. With a chef who cut his teeth in the kitchen at Prune, the food at Houseman has integrity and a vision, one that’s simple enough to ensure that each dish is delicious, and never overly prissy.
Dining in Tribeca can be fussy, but this laid-back room is all charm and zero pretension: feel free to scarf your fried fava beans as if they were potato chips, tuck into that double-patty burger with gusto. The roasted chicken is spot-on, every time. Cocktails are bracing and basic, but not boring. Is there anything more comforting than a Manhattan on a blustery fall day? We think not. This triangle of Tribeca is especially wind-blown this time of year, with the gusts coming over the river making it feel 10 degrees chillier than Soho, just a few short blocks east. A place like Houseman is where you want to spend the evening as the light fades, with a few good friends or your main squeeze, warming up, savoring the deliciousness of everyday food done exactly right. Houseman is located at 508 Greenwich Street, between Spring and Canal Streets in Tribeca. (212-641-0654)