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Empellón is hipster meets foodie, serving upscale-ish Mexican treats in a sexy and boisterous setting, with a pretty cool playlist rocking in the background.
Asparagus Salad- Standard.
Octopus with Parsnip and Salsa Papanteca topped with Pumpkin Seeds, Chipotle and Arbol Chiles - A good blend of textures and flavors- nutty.
Cafe Gitane’s second locaton is tucked away inside the Jane Hotel. I love coming here on Sunday’s because it’s bright, laid back and chill. The retro feel and diverse menu (couscous, pastries, eggs, sandwiches, pasta, meatballs) makes it a brunch staple.
Avocado Toast- Simply amazing.
Eggs with Salmon- Delicious.
Eggs with Tomato- Light and savory.
Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich- The perfect sweet treat!
Cafe Gitane, Jane Hotel- 113 Jane St / (212) 255-4143
John Dory (in the Ace Hotel from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman) is a seafood lovers playground. I love the unique pairings and flawless preparations set in this casual gastropub. The inventive tapas style menu compliments the layout, seating and quirky decor.
Come prepared for a wait because they don’t take ressies.
Frank Prisinzano does it again- and this time it’s on the Lower East Side. Sauce is a great neighborhood spot serving up good homestyle Italian food in a casual, rustic environment fully stocked with a butcher on site and take-out window.
For the most part, the food is spot on and so are the prices. So it’s not a big deal that it’s cash only. It’s not the most comfortable dining experience because of spacing and volume of noise but the chandelier of silverware and open kitchen make up for it.
A diverse menu, great wine list and a low key vibe is what I experience every time I go to Tarallucci e Vino. It’s good for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, and is centrally located in the heart of Union Square. The chef delivers a robust Italian menu made up of small and large plates filled with gems for every meal.