16 February 2012
tarallucci e vino
An adorable coffeehouse-by-day, wine-bar-by-night that I stumbled upon a few nights ago with some friends. We wandered in around seven and ordered a few glasses of wine. The place was the perfect amount of crowded (nearly full but not horribly noisy, with a few scattered open seats), and we managed to score a corner of the bar for ourselves. The bartender was helpful and friendly, and brought over a surprisingly hearty tray of delicious (and free!) finger food - marinated olives, cherry tomatoes topped with mozzarella, fried parmesan - that was greatly appreciated. I can't speak to the dinner menu, though everything I saw looked great. And my friends who've been say that breakfast and brunch are incredible - apparently, the whole wheat croissant with honey, the chocolate croissant (pictured above), the poached eggs with asparagus and shavings of parmesan, and especially the cappuccino and iced espresso are not to be missed. We went to the flatiron location, but the restaurant has two other locations - in the east village and, more recently, the upper west side.
15 East 18th Street (b/w Broadway and 5th)
163 1st Ave (at 10th Street)
475 Columbus Ave (at 83rd Street)