TriBeCafe Restaurant & Bar
Circa 2010-2011

This was the the website for the TriBeCafe Restaurant & Bar for several years.
Content is from the site's 2010-2011 archived pages.

Then a post appeared on the website:
The management and staff at TriBeCafe would like to extend their deepest gratitude to you,
our fantastic customers, for your loyal patronage and support!

We regret to inform you that as of October 1, TriBeCafe has officially closed,
and we have opened a new restaurant with a new concept.

We look forward to your visit!


CIRCA 2010


TriBeCafe Restaurant & Bar

277 Church St
New York, NY 10013


Welcome to the latest addition to the TriBeCa drinking and dining scene!

Restaurant-Bar Concept

With significant renovations to both the building and the menu, TriBeCa restaurant-bar “TriBeCafe” is stepping in to replace the now-defunct Tokyo Bar on 277 Church St. While the atmosphere is casual enough to grab a quick beer and a small bite to eat at the bar counter before returning home from work, the “Tokyo Casual Cuisine” menu is extensive enough to propel TriBeCafe into a position as the newest TriBeCa hotspot, suited for a night with friends or a date. Expect to spend long nights sipping on our original fresh fruit and sorbet cocktails and sampling a wide variety of different popular Tokyo night-scene dishes. The management has also gone to great lengths to bring customers top quality food at staggeringly low prices, with dishes ranging from $6.50 to $16. TriBeCafe is a welcome addition to the city for any New Yorker who has spent a night in Tokyo, and it is a worthy new restaurant-bar for just about everyone else (who presumably have still yet to find out why Tokyo is considered the rising “Cuisine Capital” of the world).

Cuisine: Tokyo Casual

TriBeCafe features an eclectic menu of savory, Japanese night-scene dishes, including everything from a deep-fried minced beef & pork cutlet “Menchi Katsu” to a butter-soy-sauce based mushroom pasta. True to Japanese cuisine, the recipes are clean and simple with a short, yet balanced list of ingredients that allows the quality and freshness of the ingredients used to speak for themselves. The executive chef, Ryutaro Asami, pulls from over 13 years of culinary experience in Japan and utilizes a wide assortment of Japanese tastes, ingredients, and cooking techniques to extract the full flavor naturally found in the food.


TriBeCafe features a modest drink menu with carefully selected wines, beers, sakes, shochus, plum wines, and specialty cocktails.  34 bottles of wine have been carefully selected to cover a wide range of grapes and regions, with all bottles selected for their value as tasty, yet inexpensive wines.  The beer menu features an assortment Japanese beers, with pitchers available of draft Sapporo.  15 sakes are available, including specialty sakes such as a sparkling and unfiltered “Sawasawa Nigori.”  10 shochus ranging from rice to barley to sweet potato are also available, as are a plum wine and a black sugar plum wine.  Cocktails range from the traditional, to sorbet-based takes on classic mimosas and bellinis, to original fresh fruit creations.

Business Hours
Monday through Saturday 6:00pm - 1:30am (last call)
*Sundays open on national holiday 3 day weekends and closed on Monday.

277 Church Street (between White & Franklin) New York, NY 10013




It really doesn't need to be said that NYC has more than its share of restaurants. But I was bummed out when I heard that TriBeCafe was closing. I lived right around the corner and loved dropping in after midnight for a bit to eat. I might have had a really stressed out day at work and come home in the evening to unwind with some US slots, of course, and then head down to the TriBeCafe for a late dinner. Sometimes I would even continue my online slot games while at the cafe eating, if I were into a winning streak. I can't even imagine what life was like before online casinos. Today it's so easy to satisfy one's gambling/ slot needs via online casino sites. No more traipsing down to the Atlantic City casinos or north to Connecticut to play at one of the Indian reservation casinos. Well adios TriBeCafe. I've missed you, but I have to admit the Japanese Izakaya restaurant, Shigure, has filled the void at 277 Church St. Let's hope it stays for a while.



―2010 Announcements ―

Restaurant Closed for Event

March 20, 2010

Due to a private event, TriBeCafe will be closed Saturday, March 20th from 9pm - Midnight. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you too are interested in having a private event at TriBeCafe, please visit our events page for more information.

Pick-ups Available!

March 1st, 2010

Due to popular demand we have started pick-up orders of all of our menu items! Call us at (212) 343 - 0277 to place an order, or better yet, stop by and have a drink at our bar while you wait!

Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2010

With President's Day right around the corner, we will be open this Sunday, 14th from 6:00pm - 1:30am. We hope to see you here!

Reservations & Pick-up Orders: (212) 343 - 0277

Grand Opening!

February 9, 2010

We are happy to announce that we are scheduled to open on February 9th! We hope to see you all then!

Press Release

December 30, 2009

Interested in learning more about our restaurant?

This press release includes details on TriBeCafe's cuisine style, interior design, and more. Enjoy!

Website is Up!

January 27, 2010

Our website is now up and running! Expect many changes, updates, and additions in the near future.


Reservations: (212) 343 - 0277 (*Not available until Feb. 9th, 2010)



―2011 Announcements ―

"Last call for TriBeCafe"

This winter, a new restaurant will emerge in TriBeCafe’s place ---

The management and staff at TriBeCafe would like to extend their deepest gratitude to you,
our fantastic customers, for your loyal patronage and support!

We regret to inform you that TriBeCafe has served its last
round of dinner and drinks on Friday, September 30.
As of October 1, the restaurant-bar will officially be closed.
A new restaurant of ours is scheduled to open in its place later this year!

 While we cannot share any details on the new restaurant just yet,
we believe that this change will ultimately be for the better,
and we look forward to seeing your friendly, familiar faces again!

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences, along with the disappointment,
that TriBeCafe's closure might cause our guests.  

Updates on the new restaurant will be available on TriBeCafe's facebook page.

In the meantime, please visit B Flat downstairs for cocktails and a light meal, or
TriBeCafe’s operating company restaurant Greenwich Grill , serving Tokyo-Italian cuisine at
428 Greenwich Street (between Vestry & Laight Sts.) 212-274-0428






By: Time Out New York editors ***
Posted:Thursday March 15 2012

Even though the presence of izakaya, robataya, and ramen and soba houses has exploded in Gotham over the past few years, restaurants dedicated to yoshoku—a uniquely Japanese interpretation of Western cuisine—have yet to become part of New Yorkers’ dining vocabulary. While a few examples of yoshoku are already on menus in NYC (tonkatsu and curry rice, for example), the owners of TriBeCafe, who also run the Japanese-Italian restaurant Greenwich Grill, have opened an entire restaurant devoted to the genre. The small, laid-back eatery, decorated with iron light fixtures and tatami wallpaper, is an ideal place to delve into the roster of dishes, many of them simultaneously strange and familiar (low prices encourage experimentation). Gambas, which bring to mind the popular tapas dish of shrimp with olive oil and garlic, featured plump crustaceans, potatoes and brussels sprouts in an intense sauce thickened with melted anchovies. A heaping $7 plate of banbanji salad (a Japanese retooling of Chinese sesame chicken) was loaded with juicy slices of steamed poultry in a spicy sesame dressing. Strands of warm spaghetti, meanwhile, were coated in tiny balls of mentaiko (spicy cod roe), a tasty and inexpensive alternative to Italian bottarga. And the robust, fried-egg--topped “Hamburg” steak (a bunless pork-and-beef mix, more Salisbury steak than burger) arrived on a sizzling platter with corn kernels, creamy mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce; cut into the stack and the yolk mingles with the meat’s juices. Rounding out the proficiently executed fare is professional service and a smart selection of wines, sakes, cocktails and beers. For dessert, choose the traditional creme caramel over the liquidy green-tea souffl—after so many reimagined dishes, there’s no shame in ending with the familiar.