If you scroll through New York City Instagram hashtags, it’s likely you’ll see the neighborhood of Nolita, a nickname short for North of Little Italy, in your feed. It’s not enough that neighboring Chinatown and Little Italy seem straight out a movie. But Nolita bursts to life with colorful murals, trendy coffee shops, and shops. Wander down Elizabeth, Bowery, and Mott streets to get an idea of what I mean. And in the meantime, here are a few of my favorite photos from the day I spent brunching and walking around the trendy area. Note that a few of these places are more SoHo, but close enough!
Saxon + Parole– This was one of the first restaurants I went to with my former company, which brought me to the city twice a year for many years. I don’t remember it having this hip Blondie mural at the time, but I do remember the food. The bone marrow and Angus beef burger were favorites.
Jack’s Wife Freda– I didn’t make it here, but once I saw their green shakshuka on the menu, I added it to my list. The Mediterranean-inspired eatery has two locations in the city.
Egg Shop– Eggs serve as one of my main daily meals, so I had to check out this place dedicated to the dish. I waited for a seat at the bar for close to a half hour, but loved my eggs Benedict on brioche with bacon, greens, tomato, and a tasty sauce.
Have you ever gone somewhere after seeing it on Instagram? I’ve been following Two Hands Cafe in Chinatown for years and finally made it over there Friday morning. The small space serves Australian-inspired coffee and cuisine, one of many to pop up in the city recently. I don’t care for avocado, so I didn’t have the popular #avocadotoast, or the açai bowl. Instead, I had a breakfast sandwich on deliciously doughy bread with tea and green juice. I can now admit that the Insta-acclaim is well deserved! The photos of Bondi Beach and Queensland pubs on the walls made me long for my old home. Can someone open one of these in Atlanta please?
Two Hands– After much Insta-love, I visited this Australian inspired cafe a few years back. While I didn’t opt for the ever-popular avocado toast, I did have coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Check out the photos of Bondi Beach on the walls!
Cafes and Coffee Shops
Café Integral– While waiting to get in at Egg Shop next door, I popped into this Nicaraguan coffee shop for an Americano. I was glad to have some of the tasty coffee that I found when I was traveling in Central America.
Cha Cha Matcha– I didn’t need another drink after two coffees, but next time I’ll see what the fuss is about at this cafe that serves the green Japanese beverage.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe– Jackie talked about this bookstore that supports local charities and I’ve spent a few hours browsing on recent trips. They also have a clothing store next door where you can find some good pieces. I’ve even heard of weddings taking place here!
T2 Tea SoHo– And no trip to New York would be complete for me without visiting T2, an Australian tea company that I frequented regularly when I lived in Sydney.