I find myself both licking the plate and laughing uproariously whenever I dine at Tree Bistro. That’s a testament to owners Kathleen and Colm, who have hired talented chefs, and the friendliest, wittiest staff of out-of-work-actors-turned-waiters in the city. The food is straightforward—seafood pasta, a pot of mussels in wine sauce, a green bean salad—but cooked with real care from top-quality ingredients. Be sure to ask to sit in the lush hidden garden out back (it’s very romantic, and heated and covered when the weather turns brisk).
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
190 First Ave. (btw. 11th and 12th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood East Village & Noho Hours Tues–Thurs 5–11pm, Fri–Sat 5pm–midnight Transportation Subway: L to First Ave. or 6 to Astor Place Phone 212/358-7171 Prices Main courses $14–$25 Tree Bistro http://treebistro.com Web site Cuisine Type