TOP PICK.This place is magic. The history soaked into the walls is palpable and it is my happy spot. The Steak Poivre and the burger are seriously the best I may have ever had. They will only serve 12 burgers a day so get there by 5:00 pm for bar service and dinner service at 5:30 pm....but you will fight for the burger spots. It's so worth it. You're welcome.
Incredible avocado toast. Smoothest cup of coffee ever.
Okay, this one is a real gift. You're welcome. This has been my hideaway and go-to spot since I got stranded in NYC in 2012. Thanks to a friend so very much cooler than me, I was staying at The Jane Hotel and the cutest cafe just happened to be downstairs so I met her there for avocado toast (which I had NO idea what I was getting myself into). It turned out to be j'amazing, frankly. And I've "copied" it at home since then but there is NOTHING like theirs. Looks like others have discovered it, too. And don't even get me started about the Moroccon Couscous (main dish) that I thought all the way here.
Cody, the bartender, informed me that I had just missed Leonard DiCaprio. "Excuuuuse me, I said?" Apparently he's making a documentary on the history of The Jane--most notably known as the hotel they took the recovering Titanic survivors.
If you have dinner, be sure to also make time for a drink at The Jane Hotel bar. I rode out Hurricane Sandy there with 26 others as we steadied our nerves with Patron shots and wrote a time capsule on a vintage typewriter....but that's a story for another blog post.
There are two locations but I ignore the one on Mott St. completely.
Tea & Sympathy
Oh my goodness--a must visit. The tiniest most spunky place in Greenwich Village with scones I guarantee even Nicola Weems would approve. After overhearing the cheeky owner chastise the guy next to me for ordering "so American" as he requested the 7 grain toast instead of the Sourdough, I knew I was here to eat anything this woman put in front of me. She delivered her admonition with the kind of love I suspect only she could get away with. She then turned to a child and brought her a beautifully illustrated book to read at the table about the queens' knickers and patted her head so lovingly that I pretty much fell in love with her on the spot. The food was delicious, the service beautifully mis-matched and delivered with respect but no fussiness. Prepare to move tables mid-dine if the head count shifts. It's funny and she makes it a community building thing. What a beautiful experience. When I left she said, "I want to know you." I believe she read my mind.
Olio e Piu
Yummmmmmy. And beautiful. I pass this every day and sometimes just want to ask for a bite off each plate to experience it all.
Lombardi's | Little Italy
Lombardi's is the FIRST PIZZA PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES....and frankly the one by which all pizza should be judged. I was a skeptic. I am no longer filled with even one doubt. It was delicious. Need reservations but not an unbearable wait, especially with people you've made your family.
We discovered Rue 57 with The Simpson family several years ago and fell in love at first visit. Bailey and Brice & Trent Simpson were new teenagers and got quite the kick out of eating a brunch called, The Hangover. We thought they were crazy for ordering it because it came with an absurd amount of food including five breakfast meats and they ate the entire thing. It was epic and we've laughed at the memory ever since. The food is incredible. Uptown very near Central Park.
Bubby's at High Line
Hard to get it. Worth it--Bubby's. Be sure to go to the High Line location so you can walk off those grits. Delicious home-cooked brunch food with NYC and Southern pairings. Ironically, N'Yorkers seem to love everything "Texas" and "Southern." We are a weird people....green grass, yada, yada.
If you love Whole Foods or Dean & Deluca, do yourself a favor and go to Eataly. It is absolutely stunning and an incredible shopping experience. I only visit the Flatiron district location -- it has six different restaurants and a Nutella Cafe inside and everything is made fresh onsite.
If you're anywhere near Little Italy and craving dessert. Only go here. Quite delicious and quite the experience.
Angelo's (Mulberry/Little Italy)
Old school (wink, wink) Italian. Like Godfather-esque only without cinema. It is absolutely delicious and I've pretty much sampled the entire right side of the menu. Angelo's / Little Italy.
CoffeeShop / Bar | Union Square
Delicious. Easy. Reasonable. Fun.
Tea & Sympathy
A girl trip must. Greenwich Village. Teeny tiny and they may ask you to move chairs if the configuration of people is better suited with you sitting elsewhere. Just do it and laugh at the audacity and charm of it. Once you nosh on the scones (PLAIN ONLY PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR FILL INs), you'll be perfectly happy to accommodate.
Lillie's Victorian. Picture sitting at this bar on a freezing cold rainy night with a real friend talking life. Pretty much a perfect scene. The French Kiss, the drink, was splendid. Well, they were splendid. Bar nachos gourmet flour chips with just enough familiar tastes to quell my Texas homesickness. Union Square just off the square on a moody and quintessential NY street. Men bringing their women here would surely receive brownie points for the night without turning in their man card.
Cold day. Museum visit scheduled anywhere near the Neue or The met. This is a must. A place for locals. Slow dine or soup at the bar. I love this place.