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Eat Like an Insider: Michael Dorf is your Tribeca dining expert

The City Winery mogul is expanding to Hudson River Park with City Vineyard.

Waterfront. Rooftop. Wine bar. Need we say more?

The team behind City Winery has a new project now open on the Hudson waterfront. City Vineyard is your new wine bar and restaurant destination hitting both of the warm-weather musts: cooling breezes off the river and rooftop views. The team has transformed Pier 26 in Hudson River Park into an Italy-inspired setting with grapevines and ivy climbing the walls and Mediterranean tapas chosen specifically to pair with the wines.

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We asked owner Michael Dorf to share some of his favorite spots around the neighborhood — after all, he’s lived there for 25 years.


Best for late night:“My favorite spot — and I’m not a super late-night person anymore — is on my walk home from City Winery, The Greek. It’s a small restaurant, they have one of the greatest Greek salads I’ve ever had, and a really fun wine list.” 458 Greenwich St.

Catching up with friends:“When I go for a group meal, I like going to Tribeca Grill — you can’t go wrong. They can usually accommodate, it’s consistent food quality, always a good wine list, and you can talk. They do a tuna burger that’s really great.” 375 Greenwich St.

Favorite under $10 meal: "I am so miserly and such a cheapskate, I will do everything possible to eat at City Winery consistently. It’s sometimes embarrassing — people say, ‘You’ve had lunch here 32 days in a row, don’t you want to go somewhere else?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, but who’s treating?’”

Out-of-town guests:Nobu is always a hands-down winner if you’re in the mood to spend a lot of money and have a really unique dinner. Get the chef’s special — they just keep bringing [food] out, and drinking sake out of a bamboo pitcher is always just incredible.” 105 Hudson St.

Hidden gem:“I like Giorgione — no one gives it its due, but it’s a really good Italian restaurant. I like their clam pizza, their basic penne pomodoro, and they work hard to get some real truffles and incorporate it into all kinds of things.” 307 Spring St.

Date night:“I’m a big fan of Colicchio & Sons, I think that’s a fun and lovely date night place. The place I’ve gone to the most for date night though, if I were to add it up over 20 years of date nights, is Babbo. We love Babbo — I think it has the finest pasta in all of the city.” 110 Waverly Place

Going solo:“When I’m alone and I’m in the mood, I’ll walk into Chinatown. I don’t have a favorite Chinese restaurant but I’ll check out different places. I love that kind of experience.”