Little Park

A fresh, bright find in Tribeca
VERIFIED LUXURY
Upon entering the corner door of chef Andrew Carmellini’s Little Park, you may never realize that this is a hotel restaurant. It doesn’t get lost in AKA Smyth Tribeca; Little Park is fresh, bright and unexpected.

During the day, light comfortably reflects off the pale gray and marble walls, striped booths, birch tables and tiled floor, which gives the space an airy, coastal vibe. Fresh, sunny flowers grace each table, and the color scheme of yellow, gray and white work to brighten and liven up the area. Even the blue "denim"-shirted waiters have a sparkle to them, as if they got up extra early to surf before work.

While all this leads one to think California and easy, breezy ocean living, the similarities end there, as the food, service and overall presentation remain upscale and oh-so-very New York.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Chef Andrew Carmellini has dedicated Little Park’s menu to local and seasonal fare with a focus on vegetables.
  • Each plate is dished up with the idea that you might share, so they are great for people who love to sample many foods, groups and anyone wanting to get more vegetables in their diet.
  • No matter which meal you're there for, it will be had in comfort. There are no elbow-touching seats crammed in here, and each of the dozen-plus booths in the main dining room has a private feel, even though the room remains open.
  • Warm golden lights hang low over the diners, a clever decoy that gives the space an intimacy that otherwise would be lost due to the high, rustic wood-paneled ceiling.
  • Drift onto a cloud of expertly executed small plates made with only the best, most consciously collected ingredients, and savor every last minute.
Things to Know
  • Expect the Tribeca restaurant to be busy most nights, but there are moments of serenity where you don't need to obtain a reservation to sit quietly and enjoy the food, a drink and the atmosphere.
  • The gentle clink of silverware and low hum of your neighbors add to the soundtrack, which leaves out the pop hits and instead demurely features classics like Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love."
  • The Tribeca eatery serves breakfast and dinner daily as well as a weekend brunch and lunch on weekdays.
The Food
  • Dishes include the beetroot tartare with horseradish cream, fried cauliflower with pistachios and roasted carrots with black garlic.
  • At breakfast, Little Park serves baked goods made with organic whole grains from upstate New York, fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices and brûléed grapefruit with sugar and mint.
  • Lunchtime features a unique celery root schnitzel sandwich, as well as many options also found on the dinner menu, such as the bigeye tuna crudo and grass-fed hanger steak.
  • During dinner, try the celery root pastrami or the black kale ravioli, two dishes that really highlight the local fare.
  • As you decide between ordering the steamed black bass or shellfish ragu, make sure to ask for a hunk of the freshly baked spelt grain bread and cultured butter. Though the bread is gratis, you only get it by request, and you don’t want to miss it.
The Bar
  • On the other side of the L-shaped space, you find a grand marble bar stockpiled with artisan spirits, not surprising given that the beverage program is overseen by former PDT mixologist Anne Robinson.
  • Grab a stool and order one of her expertly made craft cocktails like the Apple Buck, a drink composed of James Oliver Rye, Strega, apple cider, lemon, Fever Tree Ginger Beer and Boston Bittahs 15.
  • Sitting next to you at the bar is an eclectic crowd made up of hotel guests, gourmands and the inevitable Carmellini fan club.
Amenities
Bar
Breakfast
Brunch
Business casual
Dinner
Kid friendly
Lunch
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Getting There
85 West Broadway, New York, New York 10007
TEL212-220-4110
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