A kitsch Cafe in the Village
In a small street nor far from Washington Square Park, Caffee Reggio (119 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012) is different…since 1927…ok, the waiters are not that cheery -but aren’t they a quick disappearing breed in NY anyway?- , the food is ok but what makes it special is the setting…antiques, curios, old paintings… strange and wonderful things !
Cocktails with a view
I particularly like the Library hotel, first because the concept based on books can only appeal to me and secondly because of its bar located on the 7th floor with a beautiful view over Madison avenue. It’s small, off the beaten track and has got either a large terrace with ample seating if you’re lucky enough to enjoy balmy weather or comfortable sofas by the fire if you’ve been unlucky with the weather odds. Decent drink menu too !
299 Madison Ave, New York, NY 1001 http://www.libraryhotel.com/
Not saying it’s the best diner in town…I would be no expert on the question…but if you’re going for it, at least this one, at the corner of Time Square, watching its lighted signs from your booth, seated on red “vintage” leatherette, feasting on double-deckers and onion rings is the closest you can get to a 50’s flashback ! Desserts are a let down though, fudge sundae was all ice cream and cream, no brownie bits..
212 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019 http://www.brooklyndiner.com/
An Italian with attitude (pleonasm)
Of course little Italy has lost its soul by catering for hordes of tourists but that’s the way things go, no point lamenting about it but what you can do though is avoiding these “food factories” faux-Italian outlets which all serve the same unimaginative cuisine and aim instead to this modern Italian called Gelso & Grand reminding me more of Shoreditch than of Sicily but serving some very tasty dishes straight out of the open kitchen. Try the “charcuterie and cheese” platter as a starter…enticing ! Advisable to book in advance .
186 Grand St, New York, NY 10013, USA http://www.gelsoandgrand.com/