I’ll start with the healthy bowls. There were two: acai and chia. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try the chia, but the acai was very fulfilling and tasty.
With this kind of flavor depth and satisfaction after eating, I can totally see how it can be quite easy to eat more healthy. Here’s the chia bowl:
Some smaller cups of the two, by the window.
Shakshuka, if you’re wondering, is a poor mans salad-like dish that hails from both Northern Africa and the Balkans and means “mixture” in Berber. Typically it is made with tomatoes (usually slow-cooked), herbs, spices and egg as the basis of the dish. The Balkan versions often have cheese (feta).
Avi did a great job explaining this to all of us, as I had never tasted the dish before. Here he is, with co-owner Melissa.
They also have a Gotan location in Tribeca, but this place on 46th is the newer addition. When renovating, they preserved some beautiful original details when chipping away to reach the original brick walls.
So we tried two shakshukas. Red and green. The red is the North African version, and the green is the Balkan style with feta cheese and tomatillo instead of tomato. My favorite was the green, as it had a bit more zip and zing to it in terms of flavor.
These dishes were all beautifully executed and plated by Chef Vicki:
The gang also sampled a bunch of other egg dishes as well:
This was a mushroom toast with root veggies and egg:
This one had chorizo, kale, butternut squash and cauliflower mascarpone:
Unfortunately I didn’t get to taste any of the egg dishes, but I did sample a ton of really unique drinks from the coffee bar (non-alcoholic): espresso spritzer with tonic water and orange zest; watermelon juice with mint; lavender water; blueberry hibiscus tea; and shakerato with candied ginger – another espresso drink.
This joint also slings a bunch of salads and sandwiches as well.
I will definitely be back here, and it’s close to my office, so may be grabbing lunch here pretty often.
20 W. 46th Street
New York, NY 10036