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You don’t need a mammoth expense account to enjoy the local favorites in Tribeca.Lunch IMPRESS / Bouley What we wouldn’t give to lure David Bouley out West. In the meantime, the chef’s Parisian-flavored Red and White dining rooms will have to do. (We prefer the crimson-walled venue.) The food is as blessedly complex as a conceptual artist — when an appetizer is called “Return From Chiang Mai,” you know you’re in for a culinary trek. Junior agents with mini expense accounts needn’t despair — lunch tasting menus hover in the $50 range. 120 West Broadway, (212) 964-2525; davidbouley.com DECOMPRESS / The Odeon More than 20 years ago, this brasserie put Tribeca on the gastronomical map, and the scene never gets tired in the eyes of smirking hipsters and uptight Wall Street titans alike. The open layout allows for mass ogling. Afternoon highlights include the flaky portobello mushroom tart or toasted croque monsieur. Plus, they don’t monkey around when concocting a classic martini. 145 West Broadway, (212) 233-0507; theodeonrestaurant.com Dinner IMPRESS / The Harrison As comforting as a rainy-day matinee, this neighborhood darling is known for dishes and decor that manage to be both sleek and homey. Try the cavatelli with duck confit for dinner and the lemon tart for dessert. If you pass on the biscuits and gravy, we pity you. Sidewalk dining will up your street cred; there are four tables in the bar, too. Oenophile alert: Check out the small batch estate-bottled wines. 355 Greenwich St., (212) 274-9310; theharrison.com DECOMPRESS / Blaue Gans Wurst, anyone? Vibrant vintage art and film posters adorn the walls of this brand-new Austro-German restaurant from Viennese chef Kurt Gutenbrunner (of Thor and Wallse fame.) The scene is bohemian and nonchalant. How snooty can you be while nibbling on pork jager schnitzel? Order the goulash or backhendl (fried chicken) and try the lingonberry jam. The long zinc bar is ideal for dealmakers taking a respite and dining solo. 139 Duane St., (212) 571-8880; wallse.com Cocktails IMPRESS / The Anchor With its nautical stripes and antler chandeliers, this scene is not for the wallflower. Still, the vibe at this lounge/dance hall is not showy or pretentious. Celebs like Julia Stiles and Johnny Knoxville have been spotted, but the ultra-cool decorum calls for everyone to fly under the radar. Uppity agents and producers: Don’t expect VIP treatment. Order one of the fantastical drinks from the blackboard and mingle till 4 a.m. 310 Spring St., (212) 463-7406; email@example.com DECOMPRESS / Rise Views of the Statue of Liberty? Check. Cocktails stiffer than a starched collar? Check. The 14th-floor bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park City is always appropriate for a sunset splash. The mixture of guests and urban natives makes for an unpredictable human stew. Squint and you can even imagine Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson waltzing on the patio deck at dusk while sipping gimlets. Seal a deal over the raw bar. 2 West St., (212) 344-0800; ritzcarlton.com Breakfast or brunch IMPRESS / Brown Grab a glazed tree stump at this small, chic, eco-minded storefront cafe. Baked eggs with asparagus and a creamy latte will certainly help mitigate the ache of a naughty night before. Plus, the seating for just 30 diners keeps the din at a minimum. Thank local farmers for the fresh ingredients. 61 Hester St., (212) 477-2427; greenbrownorange.com DECOMPRESS / Kitchenette The interior is charming, the staff is sweeter than pie, and the mixed berry pancakes are a local fave. It’s no wonder that no one is ever heard shrieking, “Check, please!” The rustic special of the house delivers a hearty homemade butter biscuit with eggs, bacon and cheese. 156 Chambers St., (212) 267-6740