Because of tequila and New Year’s celebrations, I hibernated in bed for most of the day. While resolutions are great, and a healthy start is optimal, I NEEDED bagels and lox, and it was kind of a life or death situation. The cheat is that the spread is an herbed tofu, not full-fat cream cheese. Boom. It was perfection.
Luckily, I didn’t need to venture too far off to explore food in Soho because on my very street, Thompson, rest a few gems.
So that’s the sea bass at Lupa, with salsa rossa and sweet corn, it was delicious. Perfectly cooked and seasoned but then…I was with a dangerous friend and we shared a pasta. We had to. The lady next to us was enjoying it way too much and we needed in on the fun. Worth it. To the right is another fishy friend, an herbed yellowfin tuna sandwich with artichoke, tomato, cucumber, portobello mushrooms and cheese on ciabatta at Snack (also on Thompson.) The place was very cute, a Greek Mediterranean spot with five tables (all occupied) and a tasty, well-priced menu. Casual lunch. My sandwich was great except for the fact that the bread didn’t taste all that fresh. I would still return because I was eyeing everyone else’s food.
And then there’s Salud, which means health in Spanish, so I figured anything on the menu was fair game? That’s my dairy-free frozen hot chocolate with coconut–I am upgrading this as my summer necessity, right up there with my water bottle. No sugar, nice big cup! And then I decided to be a bit boring with my egg, kale and avocado wrap. Don’t be fooled, I had quite the questionable dinner the night before. Incredible Mexican, but downed the whole bowl of chips…Oops.
Then…there’s Cocotte, which was a little underground French tapas spot that automatically sucked me in. Lauren and I shared both the crunchy veggie salad with fava beans, peas, asparagus and baby carrots with some balasamic- very refreshing and the salmon sashimi dish that was very fresh, tasty and flavorsome.
A cocotte of salted cod and mashed potatoes- delish! And a homemade chocolate tart because obviously fish isn’t going to be the last thing I put in my mouth at the end of a meal…Lauren got the shredded beef with shiitake mushrooms and shallots, which was delicious.
Lupa, 170 Thompson St
Snack, 105 Thompson St
Salud,107 Thompson St
Cocotte, 110 Thompson St (best service-ever)
Who knows? But since the name of the restaurant was Spring Street Natural, I figured anything on the menu was safe (deep, deep down I knew that a second helping of the sweet potato bread was anything but healthful but I took one for the team?)
Back to the subject of last night’s dinner, which went down with Ilana at this soho spot…I got the quinoa salad, with cashews, green onions, avocado, dried apricot, fresh mint, olives, baby arugula, feta cheese and citrus vinaigrette ($16) and Ilana went for the delicious sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna steak, with a soy glaze, wasabi mashed potatoes, and sauteed baby bok choy and crispy leeks ($24) Both were amazing and very tasty (or as tasty as you can get with a quinoa salad) but her’s was probably the winner…
I’m a fan of the hefty portions (oops, the American from within) but it’s natural! Or whatever that means. The service was nice and timely, the ambiance was standard–nothing to wow about, but definitely give the food a try. We also had a side of black beans, which tasted like…a side of black beans. Delicious nonetheless!
Spring Street Natural, 62 Spring St, New York (it’s right next to Jack’s Wife Freda!)
Cantaloupe! My cantaloupe juice at Jack’s Wife Freda was the best thing I have sipped in this city to date. You see Mom?! I don’t only drink wine and vodka, I like straight fruit juices too!
And my green shakshuka was pretty amazing too. When there’s toasted challah on the scene, I don’t think you can go wrong…For some reason I thought of Dr. Seuss and his “green eggs and ham.” Even though I don’t eat ham, but the eggs have a kind of green resemblance, obviously. Jessica got a nice skirt steak sandwich on a buttered roll. I ate all her fries. The end.
Moderate prices, around $10-$12 average. Must get the cantaloupe juice. Or else.
Jack’s Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette Street, NY