Hidden Gem - A slice of the Big Apple at Tribeca

A slice of the Big Apple at TribecaImage Credit: Tribeca

Inspired by New York's Triangle Below Canal (Tribeca), a trendy neighbourhood in downtown Manhattan famous for its cobbled streets and upscale lofts, Michael and Vesna Vronkovic started their farm-to-table kitchen concept with the same name in the fashionable Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Tribeca in JBR is prides itself on serving organically wholesome cuisine to a backdrop of tastefully curated art. The concept struck Vesna one evening as she was gazing over Dubai Marina from her apartment balcony.

The restaurant's menu has gastronomic influences from the US, UAE and Mediterranean. Options include a vegan coconut bavarois with chia seeds, and artisanal ravioli with pea foam and sage butter. For the dedicated carnivores out there, the eatery offers a selection of wholesome meats ranging from beef tenderloin to tenderly pulled lamb in a chef's pot pie.

The ingredients at Tribeca have been sourced from the UAE as well as the wider region.

It resists the urge to make the menu sound too flamboyant. ''The food is uncomplicated,'' says Giovanni De Ambrosis, Development Chef. ''But I do like to add my own unique touches to the menu. The ravioli and ricotta gnocchi are handmade. The Tribeca cheesecake is served in a three-tier glass tower that the guest deconstructs.''

Tribeca boasts a chilled ambience perfect for enjoying sundowners on the terrace or dinner with friends. The furniture is a blend of diverse cultures. The couple has scoured the globe for the eclectic pieces that now embellish the eatery's expansive space.

Some of the most notable articles in the restaurant are the Nemo chair by Philippe Starck and the AC/DC pinball machine by Stern, the world's only producer of pinball machines.

The restaurant houses the works of Jim Wheat from Dollarsandart, who specialises in Dollar-based art, Bronx-based graffiti artist Just One and British artist Hayden Kays. Tribeca commits itself to being more than just a gourmet destination. It strives to provide a platform for locally acclaimed and aspiring talent in the visual and performing arts. It puts the spotlight on their work with live art shows and exhibitions.

''Tribeca's fit-out and construction took 80 days,'' says Vesna, who is Tribeca's creative director. ''That's extremely quick for a 7,000-square-foot restaurant. We've also tried to recycle elements of the construction material into the venue's design and furniture.''

The restaurant now plans to expand in the GCC before spreading its brand across international waters.

You will find Tribeca on the first floor of the Ocean View Hotel at JBR.

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Source: Nichole C. Miranda, Special to Property Weekly

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