De Maria is the perfect, chic addition to the already extra chic area of Nolita. The airy, causal space feels somewhat beachy inside and has a large patio outside full of stylish New Yorkers wearing floppy hats. The all-day cafe comes from the mind of chef Camille Becerra and serves colorful, healthful offerings. The menu is full of salads, grain bowls and all day breakfast but Becerra has made her food much more dynamic than the average "healthy food" restaurant. For example, her avocado toast comes with lavender cured salmon and honey egg. Another interesting offering is the tiger Bowl with coconut grains, house-cured salmon, avocado, hijiki, black sesame & leche de tigre. Prices are very reasonable, portions are ample, and the restaurant serves a full bar.
Epistrophy Café is almost too cute to function. Located on a great Nolita block, it optimizes the laid back, unpretentious feel of this slice of neighborhood. The interior is homey and rustic with communal seating and an outdoor patio. The food won't change your life but it is good. They serve breakfast, lunch & dinner daily and have a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, and fresh made pastas. The menu is Italian, specifically from the region of Sardinia. I appreciate that so many healthy options are available, particularly the quinoa salad and grilled calamari. It is a comfortable setting to work in the afternoon or have a low key date in the evening at their bar.
The Sosta is the newest concept from the Esquared Hospitality group. The restaurant falls into a category that seems to be sweeping NYC dining – fine-casual. You order from the counter, but what you are presented with is carafes of rosé and elevated grab-n-go (or stay) food. The space is designed by the mind of Samantha Wasser who is behind By Chloe as well. She has created a fun & modern atmosphere, complete with a giant pink “mangiamo, baby!” neon sign. The menu is primarily Italian offering massive chef-crafted salads, an over flowing charcuterie board, and fresh-baked focaccia sandwiches. There is a list of 5 freshly made pastas & sauces all under $14 for a substantial portion. You would be hard pressed to find higher quality food at this low price point.
Ed's is a tiny seafood mecca located on one of my favorite food blocks in NYC - Lafayette south of Houston. Blink and you may miss the narrow entrance which leads to a casual narrow interior. The menu is comprised of classic American seafood favorites. There is an ample raw bar, plump calamari and juicy mussels. The sandwich selection has overflowing rolls of lobster and whole belly clams. There is also a section of super gluttonous delights like lobster poutine & lobster mac n' cheese. It is a nice relaxed atmosphere to sit at the bar, have a lot of white wine, and graze on treats from the sea.
Black Seed is a Montreal style bagel concept from the team that brought you Mile End Deli. Since opening a few years ago they have gained a cult-like following in NYC and have expanded to three locations. Each bagel is hand rolled, boiled in honey water, and then baked off in a wood fired oven. The result is pretty phenomenal. They offer over 25 sandwich combos ranging from traditional bacon, egg & cheese to adventurous like smoked salmon with tobiko cream cheese. All the jewish breakfast favorites are available plus lunch combos like a banh mi, chicken salad with bacon, and buffalo cauliflower for my vegan peeps. Finally, they have pizza bagels which, if I'm being honest, is really the most important thing any bagel shop can do.
Seamore's is a seafood restaurant from the mind of ultra charming chef & restauranteur Michael Chernow. You may have seen him on FYI's Food Porn or in my dreams...but I digress. The restaurant now has 2 locations in Nolita & Chelsea. It feels like a little piece of Montauk in Manhattan with birch wood, white paint & floor to ceiling windows that drench the dining room in sunlight. The menu has a little something for everyone, drawing influence from many different types of cuisine. Graze on excellent tuna ooke, crispy squid, curry mussels or any number of tacos. There is a clear nod to fresh & healthy eating; most dishes are loaded with vibrant vegetables. Chernow also offers blackboard fish every day that you may add to any of the dishes. You can bring the pickiest of eaters here and they will undoubtedly find something that will please their palate.
Delicatessen is an ultra modern diner serving breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days/week. Due to its prime location on the corner of Prince & Lafayette you'll find the space consistently mobbed with both beautiful people and families. The menu reads like a who's who of gluttonous delights. There are some fun takes on comfort food in the apps section like cheeseburger spring rolls and truffle spinach dip. They offer all day breakfast as any self respecting diner should. The star of the show is the entire section of the menu dedicated to macaroni & cheese. There are 9 carb & joy packed varieties like cheeseburger mac, chipotle, and lobster. This is not in line with your diet, but fuck it - yolo.
The original Nom Wah Tea Parlor is arguably one of the best Chinese restaurants in Manhattan. However, I wish you luck getting in because you will encounter a massive line. They have opened an outpost in Nolita and it is the same phenomenal food, in a much less crowded setting (hallelujah!). This location is smaller and lends itself to quick counter service. I am obsessed with the food - every Asian-y bite. The menu is dim sum style with ample dumplings, rice dishes, and "side kicks" like turnip cakes & kohlrabi salad. This location offers a great fast-casual alternative to a restaurant that commands massive lines of people.
The team who brought you Chef's Club Food & Wine has opened a second version of their concept just 2 blocks south of the original. The new venue is a more casual "fine-fast" iteration of the pop-up style restaurant. Like it's fancier big brother, the counter will feature a revolving door of the world's most innovative and celebrated chefs from around the globe. The space takes inspiration from upscale NYC cafeterias and diners will be able to order food & alcohol at the counter. First up in the chef rotation are Jean-George Vongerichten, George Mendes, and the LA smash hit Eggslut.. Contributing chefs rotate frequently so check their website to see who is on deck at any given time.
I always felt that there was something missing from my Vietnamese dining experiences & now I know what it was - a scene. I need a scene man, what can I say? The eclectic interior of this Nolita restaurant is painfully hip yet casual. In fact, I suggest going here on a blind date because if the date is a snooze you'll at least have tons of funky design elements to discuss. Here you'll find flavor packed versions of classics like pho with all the garnishes, assorted banh mi & bao burgers. The stars are the insanely flavorful rice bowls piled with fresh veggies & your choice of protein. The menu is vegetarian friendly and comes with a surprisingly long list of breakfast-all-day choices including an expertly crafted acai bowl.
Guacamole & Chips
Al horno Organic baked eggs, crushed tomatoes, chorizo, frijoles gigante, jalapeno
Shrimp Tacos - Dry smoked chipotle, avocado, green onions
Arepas de carne sundried tomatoes, braised short ribs, red onions
Clasica Paella - Shellfish, chorizo, chicken, green peas
Elote A La Parilla Grilled corn
SMOOTHIE BOWL - GRANOLA, BANANA, APPLE, BLUEBERRIES, GOJI BERRIES, CHIA SEEDS, COCONUT, RAW ALMOND BUTTER
SPICY THAI - APRICOT-SRIRACHA GLAZED TEMPEH, ALMONDS, QUINOA, EDAMAME, SCALLION, CRISPY WONTONS, PEANUT DRESSING
SMASHED AVOCADO TOAST - SEASONAL VEGGIE, ALMOND PARM, 7-GRAIN TOAST
PESTO MEATBALL - ITALIAN MEATBALLS (PORTOBELLO + VEGGIE), MARINARA, SWEET PEPPERS, BASIL PESTO, CASHEW MOZZ, ALMOND PARM, POTATO SUB ROLL
AIR BAKED FRENCH FRIES
Address: 185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Local burrata - gazpacho, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes