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August 01, 2016

It’s another day, another new venue in Shanghai, but this little slice of NYC restaurant culture should tempt you out. Ticking all the raw walls/street art/industrial-chic boxes, Tribeca is a Big Apple-style gastropub that’s attracting hipsters in droves.

Surprisingly, it’s owned by a trio of French entrepreneurs – Clemant Brault, Segal le Hegaret and Mickael Baranes – but it takes its gritty-yet-playful cues from NY’s Prohibition era. Swing by for brunch with a pick-you-up Bloody Mary at the central bar, an eye-catching feature formed from stacked logs sourced from reclaimed wood yards in the city.

Dynamic young local architecture practice Linehouse is behind the less-is-more fit-out, which channels Jing’an’s distressed, raw look but teams industrial styling with lighter, modern, glam touches. A rough concrete shell, subway tiles, slate ceilings and exposed overhanging pipes contrast with lashings of sleek wood, bronze fittings and glossy counters, generous mirrors and rows of pretty pendant bulbs, with a white canopy wrapped around the main dining zone. Tan furnishings make the space feel inviting, adding low-key luxe to the rough palette.

Sip or sup indoors, or head alfresco to the airy terrace for tree-lined street views, backdropped by a mural featuring Victorian bare-knuckle boxers squaring up on charcoal grey walls (quirky street art daubings pop up inside too). The simple metal and wood chairs will transport you back to your school days. School was never this much fun though…

Tribeca / 966 Wuding Lu / Jing’an / +86 21 5283 0507 / 11am-2am Tue-Sun