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.
"Nobu Next Door is one of my all time favorites and a place we go way too frequently. I love sushi, and this is my go-to for dinner with my husband, David."
Nobu Next Door | 105 Hudson St.
"Another great spot for when I'm feeling a little fancier is Sushi of Gari. I always go with the omakase because after a full day of making decisions, I love not having to make any more!"
Sushi of Gari | 130 W. Broadway
"My kids love breakfast at Bubby's—we're early risers, and the pancakes are insane."
Bubby's | 120 Hudson St.
"The Odeon is a TriBeCa classic! We've been coming here for years, even before we lived in the neighborhood."
The Odeon | 145 W. Broadway
"Laughing Man Coffee is my favorite neighborhood coffee spot. We always run into someone we know!"
Laughing Man Coffee | 184 Duane St.
"Kaffe 1668 is a perfect quiet coffee shop next to my apartment—great for an early morning meeting."
Kaffe 1668 | 275 Greenwich St.
"Brandy Library is so cozy and warm. They have great cocktails, and they also do whiskey tastings and classes downstairs."
Brandy Library | 25 N. Moore St.
"Terroir TriBeCa is a great neighborhood wine bar. Paul Grieco hosts a super-fun private tasting experience in the private room downstairs!"
Terroir Tribeca | 24 Harrison St.
"I love Smith & Mills. It's in an old carriage house and is so unassuming, but inside it is incredibly warm and lively. Great place for an intimate drink. They also have a delicious menu—I love the salmon tartare."
Smith & Mills | 71 N. Moore St.
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"SoulCycle—I am here a lot!"
SoulCycle TriBeCa | 103 Warren St.
"We're huge fans of the Hudson River Park—my husband is on the Board of Friends of the HRP. We love the versatility of the space: great running paths, playgrounds, and our friends own Grand Banks Oyster Bar—there's a ton to do!"
Hudson River Park | Westside Highway
"Washington Market Park is a beautiful park in the heart of TriBeCa that thrives because of the community. They host kids' concerts in the spring, and we spend a lot of time with friends here on the weekends."
Washington Market Park | Chambers Street
"Hook & Ladder Co. 8 is the firehouse from Ghostbusters—we stop by here a lot with my kids. The team is great and will let them onto the trucks!"
Hook & Ladder Co. 8 | 14 N. Moore St.
"We occasionally see shows at the Performing Arts Center with my kids, and the venue is host to the TriBeCa Film Festival. It's cool to have a big venue in a small neighborhood—especially for my daughter's hip-hop recital!"
TriBeCa Performing Arts Center | 199 Chambers St.
"The One World Observatory is a must—the views from the top are absolutely incredible. You are on top of New York!"
One World Observatory | 285 Fulton St.
"I love Valley. I get all of my jeans, T-shirts, sweats, and basics there. The owner Jackie is super fun, and I love to chat with her while I shop."
Valley | 393 Greenwich St.
"Stella is my go-to for all things home. They have anything I could need—pillows, frames, gifts, and more!"
Stella | 184 Duane St.
"Nili Lotan has great minimalist pieces, from cashmere to dresses—I love its selection."
Nili Lotan | 188 Duane St.
"Edon Manor has an amazing assortment of handbags, shoes, and accessories. It's always worth stopping through to see what's new."
Edon Manor | 391 Greenwich St.
"Balloon Saloon is our go-to for kids gifts and, of course, celebratory balloons—which we need a lot at SoulCycle!"
Balloon Saloon | 133 W. Broadway
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