THE ATTACHÉ APPROVED GUIDE TO #TFF2016 / by Brackett Bilodeau

TriBeCa is synonymous with three things: great eats, clever acronyms, and of course, the TriBeCa Film Festival. The world premiere of The First Monday in May will serve as the festival’s opening show, kicking things off with an ode to the Met Gala in all its couture glory as TriBeCa and Magnolia Pictures explore the past while looking to what the future holds for New York’s creative scene.

Experience twelve days of expertly curated films, 43 world premieres, interactive installations, live music, panels and talks with some of the industry's most respected filmmakers and tech innovators, and of course, the TFF Filmmaker Party. Key feature film screenings include Kicks, Madly, Contemporary Color, and Nerdland, and centerpiece film Elvis & Nixon among many others.

A theatergoer’s got to eat, sleep, and drink, so we’ve put together our ultimate comprehensive guide to doing TFF2016 the right way -- check out the official roundup.
 

FOR A BRUNCH TO REMEMBER

The Roxy Hotel | 2 Avenue of the Americas

Ah, freedom of choice. Not only does the Roxy Brunch feature live jazz and film screenings all day long, but the spread itself is something else. We're talking made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelettes, slab bacon, fine baked goods and choice lox, lemon verbena scones with clotted cream, a splendid salad selection, and more. Smartly clad staff ensure that no glass goes empty with endless mimosas, bellini, and bloodys for all.
 

FOR LEISURELY LUNCH

Almond TriBeCa | 186 Franklin Street

Almond specializes in local and artisanal French/American bistro-inspired cuisine and comfort food -- a natural choice for any occasion. Market-driven menus reflect seasonal ingredients in the form of small-bites, a communal raw-bar, and classic Almond dishes such as steamed black mussels with shallots and white wine, an impeccable roasted chicken, and more. And now for the cinematic tie-in: the iconic Scalamandre wallpaper as seen in the Wes Anderson movie, The Royal Tenenbaums, fresh from Almond’s Bridgehampton location.


FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Maman TriBeCa | 211 West Broadway

Delicate treats and serious eats come together in a whimsical setting featuring a quaint café, a full-blown dining room, and an airy bar beneath industrial-chic skylights. Pick up a blueberry lavender cake or a croque maman and a coffee to re-energize or reflect on all those screenings.
 

FOR A HEALTHY FEAST

Little Park at The Smyth Hotel | 85 West Broadway

Andrew Carmellini has done it again with Little Park and Evening Bar, The Smyth Hotel’s dynamic duo. The Italian-influenced cornerstone gem boasts a fleet of craft cocktails and a seasonal vegetable-forward menu, flanked by its sister den just around the corner through the ultra-chic lobby.


FOR A NIGHT OF GLAMOUR

Paul’s Cocktail Lounge | 2 Avenue of the Americas

Paul Sevigny’s cocktail lounge has long reigned as the talk of the town, and for good reason. With every detail curated to the Sevigny clan’s taste (servers’ attire is designed by Paul’s sister, Chloë), mis-matched velvet couches and Palm Beach-inspired touches give the club a funky feel that’s drawn an exclusively elite clientele. Celeb cameos, standout food and drink, a great vibe, and live music - what’s not to love?


FOR POST-DINNER DRINKS

Abajo | 301 Church Street

Angelo Sosa’s Abajo is ground-level Añejo’s sultry sister, complete with an old-school Mexican speakeasy vibe, lock-and-key liquor cabinets, wax-coated candelabras, and the works. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 6pm ‘til late.


Contact your Attaché for reservations.