Smack in the middle of Warren and Murray streets on West Broadway, sits the colorful and chic Mediterranean restaurant Saleya. The brainchild of Tribeca Pediatrics doctor Michel Cohen, the restaurant is named for the Cours Saleya marketplace in Nice. When you first walk in, what hits you is the bar – a massive display of crates colorfully painted and wall-papered, with a beautiful display of wine and spirits bottles, creating an atmosphere that requires you to stay well past happy hour. Color is a mainstay in the decor theme of Saleya, with a brightly tiled bathroom and a relaxed vibe that make you wish you were in a mediterranean island beach town.
First, let’s talk cocktails: They have a great happy hour deal, offering beer, wine and cocktails for $6 from 4-7PM in the bar area. However, we found they honored the happy hour price even when we were seated for our table, but that may have just been an extra-nice server. I recommend trying the Molat – a blend of tequila, blood orange juice, fresh lime, sriracha and agave nectar with a spicy salted rim. It was delicious and refreshing, while getting my tummy ready for the goodness to come! The bartender was fast and brought us round after round while tending a full bar with spill over in the dining room, plus the packed sidewalk seating area (hey, it’s finally above 60 in NYC!) and an entire upstairs seating area. They also have a pretty decent wine selection and extend many of those to by-the-glass.

The food is moderately priced and delightful. We split a few items and found everything to be made with fresh ingredients and nicely plated. It’s not an over-the-top menu, but much more simple with tons of healthy options. It’s actually a perfect menu for anyone trying to eat low-carb since there are so many salads and good pieces of meat!

You must try:

The Crispy Herb Battered Shrimp

These have a crisp crust on the outside and are perfectly cooked and tender on the inside. The lemon, coriander and cumin aioli they are served with adds a brilliant creamy tang.

The Baby Kale Salad

The slightly bitter fresh kale is offset by ruby-red grapefruit chunks, crunch sweet beets, fried onions, and a light vinaigrette. The slight heat from the fresh jalepeno is immediately calmed by the generous dollop of sour cream, finished with a healthy helping of cracked black pepper and sea salt.

We also thoroughly enjoyed the wild mushroom pizzette, served on a wooden chopping block with a side of mixed greens a drizzle of truffle oil. The spicy Mediterranean Poppers proved to be too spicy for my gringo tastebuds, but my dining companion loved them and said the roasted fresno peppers were stuffed full of herbed cheesey goodness.

The price is right at Saleya – we walked out under $100, which is impressive in Tribeca, or anywhere in NYC for that matter. If you are in town for the Tribeca film festival or just walking hoping to get a glimpse Gwyneth, get re-fueled and juiced up at Saleya.

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