Boasting a cinematic, Edward Hopper-esque façade with neon Art Deco signage, the Odeon is Tribeca’s most recognizable brasserie. The first venture of Keith and Bryan McNally and Lynn Wagenknecht, the Odeon defined Lower Manhattan after-party life for a bulk of the 1980s, attracting the likes of artists Andy Warhol and Ross Bleckner, gallerists Larry Gagosian and Mary Boone, and, most famously, the then-cast of Saturday Night Live. But with the recent opening of One World Trade (the current home of Condé Nast), the Odeon, now owned solely by Wagenknecht, has become something of a cocktail-driven community center for the publishing, fashion, and entertainment packs. Highlights from the French-American menu (which has changed little over roughly four decades) include the oyster platter, steak tartare, croque monsieur with fries, and housemade ice cream. As with Indochine, people-watching is one of the draws, but at the Odeon you can do so from the comfort of a chrome-lined red-leather banquette under globe pendant lights—décor fit for a Hollywood movie.
Images by The Odeon