After 3 months without coming back home to New York, I really had to check out one of the restaurants that I had to try when I got back. Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs was the first place I checked out (it was between there or Miss Lily’s). Tiny’s is the new restaurant in Tribeca opened by the same owners as the late Beatrice Inn and Warren 77. The restaurant is located near Bouley, Odeon and around the corner from Megu and features exposed brick, red booths, a secret bar upstairs and the American flag from behind the DJ booth at Beatrice Inn. The menu is very small (Tiny’s is open for lunch for its first 2 weeks that it’s open but then they will feature a full dinner menu) but it has enough to give someone a reason to visit it again. Also the combo section (a soup with a side combo or sandwich with a side combo for example) is a great addition to the menu especially in the time of a recession. Tiny’s feels very homey and quaint but it does have a little bit of a pretentious feel to it already, which is fine, but I hope once the restaurant becomes popular, which it will, that it doesn’t begin to have a strict door policy and begin treating its patrons poorly.
For main courses there are an abundance of options: ham sandwich, roasted turkey sandwich or the Tiny Burger…well I may have lied about that “abundance of options” part. I usually have a problem about a restaurant having three things that aren’t difficult to make but Tiny’s did happen to make a really good burger when I went today. It was a cheeseburger with blue and swiss cheese, pickled beets, spinach and a fried egg. The burger was very similar to the burger at Spotted Pig but I happened to like this one better. The Spotted Pig’s burger had a cheese on it that was a bit too sharp and overpowered the burger but at Tiny’s the cheese was perfect and the burger itself was cooked perfectly though I could have done a fewer picked beets inside the burger. The entree came with potato chips instead of fries, kind of a disappointment in my book, but never the less the potato chips were a good addition to the meal and I suppose a slightly healthier alternative to fries.
I did like my lunch at Tiny’s today and probably will be returning again in the future. I liked my burger a lot and I like the coziness of the restaurant itself. With the few dining options Tribeca, it’s good to see that there is at least one place with a romantic and cozy atmosphere with good food!