This Is What a Fitness Exec Eats When She's Too Tired to Cook

Melanie Whelan wasn't always a TriBeCa local. The SoulCycle CEO happily dwelled in bustling Chelsea, but when her son, Lachlan, now 7, started walking, it quickly became clear that the young family needed more space (and quiet). Six years later, this successful exec has grown to love the newfound peace of this sleepy neighborhood, tucked far away from (most) tourist attractions. "We love the community vibe and the quiet weekends," she shares. "We love our friends in the neighborhood—it's like a small suburb within the city."

TriBeCa—or triangle below Canal Street—is known as a tranquil enclave for young Manhattanite families (and celebrities). The fact that it's a hop, skip, and a jump away from one of SoulCycle's most popular studios is icing on the cake. For a successful working mom, the convenience of living in Manhattan's most family-friendly neighborhood—which offers just as many parks and outdoor areas as it does coffee shops and restaurants—is second to none. Whelan took us on a tour of her favorite TriBeCa haunts—don't miss them next time you're in the area.

Next up: Where to eat and drink in the East Village, according to Hannah Bronfman.