Epistrophy Café is almost too cute to function. It is located on one of my favorite blocks in NYC, Mott Street just north of Delancy. It optimizes the laid back, unpretentious feel of this slice of neighborhood. The interior is homey and rustic. There furniture is a curated hodgepodge of communal seating, couches, and mix n’ match chairs. It is a comfortable setting to work in the afternoon or have a low key date in the evening at their bar.
The food didn’t change my life but it was fine. They serve breakfast & lunch daily and have a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, and composed plates. The menu is Italian, specifically from the region of Sardinia. I appreciate that so many healthy options are available, particularly the quinoa salad. The egg sandwich was a small sad sandwich with packaged deli meat. It makes me sad to look at it. I wanted to like the pasta and while the texture of the noodles were excellent, the actual pasta was a clumpy dried mess. The kitchen redeemed its self with Pane Frattau which was an absolutely excellent egg dish served on Sardinian bread soaking in a wonderful tomato sauce.
Not every dish was a home run. However, the atmosphere is inviting and makes you feel at ease. The service is kind and welcoming. That will bring me back any day. Here’s what we had:
Quinoa with roasted squash, chickpeas, avocado, braised kale, watermelon radish, arugula and beet tahini dressing
Burrata - creamy mozzarella with arugula, snap peas, pea shoots, pine nuts and traditional sardinian crisp bread and avocado
Grain Toast w/ avocado smash, watermelon radish and Smoked Salmon
Egg - fried eggs, green salad, tomato, prosciutto cotto and mayo on homemade focaccia
Pane Frattau - 2 fried eggs on traditional sardinian crisp bread with tomato sauce and parmigan cheese
Spaghetti alla Carbonara di Asparagi - fresh square speghetti pasta with fresh asparagus egg yolk, onions and parmigiano cheese
Address: 200 Mott St, New York, NY 10012