If you guys know me, or have been following me for a while on this blog and social media, you’ll know it’s no secret that I love finding cafes, diners and restaurants to try out. And living in New York these past few months has literally given me thousands of options to choose from when I have the time.
Today I thought I’d share a few of my favourite places in Noho. Noho, for those of you who may not know, refers to the area north of Houston Street in Manhattan, which is bordered by Mercer Street, Bowery and East 9th Street. It’s an area I find myself in frequently, and it’s one that has a variety of great eateries for whatever your mood. If you’re a theater fan, there are plenty of places to combine dinner and a show with here, including the Public Theater on Lafayette Street. Or if you’re feeling full after a feed and in need of a walk, Washington Square park is not far from this neighbourhood too and it really is a gorgeous spot to relax in and get some nice photos.
Here are a few of my favourite places to grab a bite that you should definitely check out if you’re around these parts (in no particular order by the way, they’re all great!):
Mile End Delicatessen | Bond Street
I love Mile End, and it has definitely become one of my go-to lunch spots when I’m in the area. It’s Jewish/Canadian style, with a casual vibe, and the staff are all super friendly. More importantly, the food is pretty delicious. They are particularly famous for their poutines (I have yet to sample, but it’s on my to-do list), but they also have some great sandwiches, main dishes and an all-day breakfast, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love. What would I recommend? The crispy corned beef breakfast sandwich, or the chicken schnitzel BLT with fries and slaw on the side are heaven!
The Press Shop | Bleeker Street
A recent find, but a quick obsession, The Press Shop on Bleeker is the perfect place to go if you’re craving some comfort in sandwich form. It’s a great little spot to eat in and chill out, or to grab something quick if you’re on the go. Also, if you happen to be a student, get that ID out because I believe they offer a discount (I curse being all old and graduated, haha). They have a wide variety of fresh sandwich options on offer to suit everyone, from those who love something meaty to the veggie obsessed among you. My personal favourite is the Country Club: pulled chicken, crispy bacon, tomato, lettuce, red onion and chipotle mayo (also, add some avocado for a dollar extra if you feel like it, it really sets it off). The header pic for this post is a Press Shop sandwich also, a recent special heirloom tomato BLT they were serving that was also really tasty.
Vic’s | Great Jones Street
People who have lived in the neighbourhood for many a year often fondly remember Five Points, the farm-to-table favourite that became Vic’s after a slight revamp a few years ago. Still retaining the farm-to-table concept, Vic’s serves up mediterranean fare under the deft hand of head chef Hillary Sterling. In stylish and relaxed surroundings, you can expect amazing pizzas, hearty salads, and vegetable dishes you might otherwise have thought of as boring bursting with flavour, amongst other things. My absolute favourite thing on the menu is the crispy sweet onions, which are served with a rich cheese sauce. Just trust me on this and order some for the table if you ever stop by, they are amazing! Also, if you love a chat, the staff are really friendly and always up for a chinwag between courses. They also recently launched a cute Aperitivi Hour between 4 and 6pm weekdays, in which you can avail of free snacks and reasonably priced cocktails. Perfect for a post work drink!
Broken Coconut | East 4th Street
If you feel like feeding your belly while filling your Instagram feed, make sure and take a trip to Broken Coconut on East 4th Street. This nice little haven in the city aims to transport you to the beach, with sun hats adorning the walls, a snap-worthy hanging seat to laze on and drinks served in coconuts which are literally cracked open in front of you. As well as the pleasing decor, if you are health conscious you’ll love it here. BC serves deliciously refreshing dairy-free coconut yogurt bowls with a variety of toppings, blended smoothies, tasty toasts and unique salads. A favourite of mine is the Asian Chicken Caesar consisting of napa and red cabbage, kale, tofu croutons and cashews. They also had an açai bowl on special there recently that was so good. It was my first time trying açai, and it was really refreshing. Not sure if it’s still available, but definitely give it a try if it is.
Coco & Cru | Broadway
Technically, I think Coco & Cru may sit just outside the Noho boundary (although I could be wrong). But I’m going to include it here anyway, because it’s close enough and I ate there recently and really liked it. The Aussie inspired menu boasts everything from healthy salads, to hearty comfort dishes, sumptuous pastries and stacks of pancakes. It’s a small space, but would be perfect for having brunch and a catchup with friends over a coffee or cocktail. Very reasonably priced, and with a decent sized portion too, you won’t go hungry. I recommend their chicken burger with bacon, lettuce, tomato, guacamole and a healthy portion of fries on the side. Classic and simple, but delicious.
Just a few of the places in Noho that I’ve tried and loved. Of course, I’m always on the look out for recommendations, so if you know of any good ones, please feel free to get in touch. You can leave a comment below, or as always you’ll find me on social. Instagram is probably were I’m most active these days (isn’t everyone I hear you say), but you can also find me having the occasional rant on Twitter too, or creeping about on Facebook!
Thanks for reading. Having a great weekend! ✌🏻✌🏻