At lunchtime, it’s a zoo, and that includes the seating area upstairs (the free wi-fi is also a draw); breakfast is considerably calmer. There’s also a mini sushi restaurant in the middle of the store.
There are days when no one under 30 (adults, that is) seems to live in Tribeca, but 20-somethings come from somewhere to drink wine at Terroir Tribeca, a sister to the original in the East Village and a cousin to the acclaimed restaurant Hearth.
A spinoff of a New Jersey restaurant, Scalini Fedeli took over what was once Bouley. There’s still an air of romance in the pretty room, with vaulted ceilings, tapered candles, plenty of antiques, and a preponderance of couples.
The vibe is polished rustic Tuscan, with wooden tables and a brick wall (upstairs). The food is satisfying, if familiar, and the regulars—many of whom you can hear speaking to the staff in Italian—love it that way.