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Lunch goes prime time at NYC's Dylan Prime

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Tribeca isn't a part of the city we've explored a whole lot, so it was a nice change of pace having lunch at Dylan Prime (62 Laight Street, corner of Laight and Greenwich). The handsome modern American restaurant has been a neighborhood staple since it opened in 2000 and it re-opened in late 2013 with a refreshed rustic decor and a renewed menu from executive chef Michael Beradino and consulting chef and "Top Chef Masters" alum Kerry Heffernan that focuses on seasonal cuisine and freshly-caught seafood.

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Boasting an industrial interior design, the landmark building space offers three private dining rooms, a Chef's Table, a raw bar, creative cocktail list and a killer lunch menu. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in leather banquettes in the front area of the restaurant facing the rugged wood and metal-accented bar.

“Tribeca is where we have been, and where we want to be,” says owner John Mautone. “We have built a team that will ensure Dylan Prime returns better than ever, as we continue to be an integral part of the destination’s emergence of this downtown neighborhood.”

For our hearty lunch tasting, we were graciously treated to a trio of delectable appetizers: Charred Romaine Salad ($13) with garlic, anchovy and herbed breadcrumbs; Fritti Misti ($15) with lightly fried calamari, shrimp, fennel, cherry pepper and caper remoulade; and a beyond tender Charred Octopus ($16) served with cauliflower, fingerling potatoes, celery, dried olives and chilies.

Then we moved on to our entrees: a generous, buttery Lobster Roll ($18) served on a soft toasted roll with your choice of hand cut fries or mixed green salad (of course, we couldn't resist the fries) and the perfectly cooked Arctic Char ($28) with Jerusalem artichoke, salsify (a root vegetable) and tarragon.

As if that weren't enough, we ended our decadent afternoon feast with a slice of beyond yummy Lemon Cheesecake ($10) with citrus salad and cilantro syrup and a duo of Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches ($10) with peanut butter semifreddo and salted caramel.

It's not surprising that celebs who live in the affluent Tribeca nabe, including John Stewart and Beyonce and Jay-Z, love to dine at Dylan Prime. Needless to say, we can't wait to come back.