It's a snowy Tuesday, last day of January in NYC. We've had a mild winter, but today the brisk wind and piercing cold, combined with the snowfall is back to remind us nothing lasts forever.
Perfect day to get out of the office and enjoy a delicious lunch to lift the spirits! As I'm headed on vacation soon, I opt for something on the healthier side, despite my raging desire for nothing more than a big double cheeseburger with spicy mayonnaise and french fries. Mae Mae Cafe is a perfect combination of healthy but delicious and satisfying. As you are about to see, I couldn't be too, too healthy. After all, it is snowing out.
Located on the corner of Vandam Street and Hudson (map below), this quaint little farm-style cafe offers a light breakfast and lunch, using locally sourced ingredients. With a sort of living room/ home library vibe, it invites you in with open arms on a cold day. Although there isn't an actual fireplace, you could almost swear that there is, because of the cozy feeling the space evokes. Alas, time to eat!
Today I decided on the avocado toast, one of my favorite things to eat in general, and especially yummy here, served with a fried egg on top. And, the grilled cheese of the day: Gruyere, Roasted Tomatoes, and Pesto Grilled Cheese. Now I have to say, after getting the grilled cheese here many times, today it fell a little flat. They use a thick country-style bread that is usually perfectly toasted and buttered, and the cheese is usually overflowing out. Just the way a grilled cheese should be! But today, they seemed to have skimped out on the cheese, and under-grilled the bread, causing the sandwich to be a little soggy. Needless to say, the picture still came out beautiful, and I'll give them a hall pass this time, as I have been here several times before. Here's to hoping during my next visit, they don't fall flat again, and I fall out of love with this little cafe!
El Rey NYC!
Located at 100 Stanton Street on the LES, this 15-seat little cafe and luncheonette has all the key elements for a perfect light meal and caffeine pick-me-up.
I recently stopped in to see what the hype was all about, and it did not fail to impress! Below are some shots of the delicious treats I ordered...
The Kale Salad was perfectly seasoned with a delicious yet light almond vinaigrette, and the beet plum pound cake was perfectly moist and fruit-packed.
What's more? They are now serving a dinner menu! Highly recommended spot to check-out, be it for a snack and coffee, lunch or dinner!
Knowing where to head to zone out and get some work done is of the utmost importance in the city that never sleeps. New York City - the home to so many freelancers, entrepreneurs, aspiring actors, musicians, models and thousands of college students, has a coffee culture unlike any other American city.
Today I thought I would show a little love to one of my new found favorite places to head to get some work done: Why Not Coffee on Orchard Street.
This place has all of the elements for success, which is why I have never walked in to find any more than 2-3 seats available in the large space which holds around 70 people comfortably, with their own tables, outlets to plug laptops into, free high-speed wifi, and vibrant yet not overpowering music keeping the creative energy flowing.
THE COFFEE: brewing one of the BEST out there, BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE. Available milk options include soy and almond.
THE PASTRIES: brought fresh daily from NYC's own Mille-feuille West Village bakery.
Live downtown and looking for an escape from your little slice of Manhattan apartment life? Head to WHY NOT COFFEE ON ORCHARD!