In the eighteen years since Masaharu Morimoto was hired to head the kitchen at Nobu, the Iron Chef has gone on to open eight restaurants of his own around the world. The ninth, Tribeca Canvas, marks his return to the old neighborhood, where fans will be surprised to discover a menu devoid of sushi and sashimi. Instead, the so-called bistro is devoted to Morimoto’s globally accented riff on Western comfort food, served nightly until 4 a.m. His newfangled fusion is exemplified in shrimp nachos with guacamole, ranch dressing, and gochujang aïoli; braised pork ribs with fried-rice risotto—even chicken pot pie. As for the name: Designer Thomas Schoos hand-painted trees on the canvases draped around the room, and his woodsy vision extends to light fixtures fashioned from Indonesian vines.
Tribeca Canvas, 313 Church St., nr. Lispenard St.; 917-720-2845
*This article was originally featured in the December 3, 2012 issue of New York Magazine.