Kismet in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

kismet in los feliz, los angeles

California has perfected the bright and airy all-day cafe concept, and Kismet in Los Feliz is a shining example. The space has the sort of clean, white lines and wooden seats that are reminiscent of the new Nordic aesthetic that is highly attractive to many people. And this being California, the vibe here of course is a little sunnier and more laid back than even your typical cafe. You can even taste it in the food, which is Middle Eastern in influence, only the hummus and feta taste like they’ve been kissed by lemons and sunshine.Read More

Gjusta in Venice, Los Angeles

smoked fish plate, chef’s choice at gjusta in venice, los angeles

If Russ & Daughters ever packed her bags for a new life in California, her West Coast version of herself would be Gjusta, a laid-back deli and bakery in Venice. Gone are the high strung New Yorkers fighting for a table, replaced by people who don’t seem too stressed about anything, much less finding a place to sit down and eat. Maybe it’s because a lot of them aren’t working, as I noted on a Friday afternoon the large number of people who were here and not working at some sort of day job. No wonder everyone is so happy out West.Read More

La Mercerie in Soho

la mercerie in soho

La Mercerie in Soho is such a beautiful restaurant that it could just coast by on its looks and be successful. The space is quite stunning, as it serves double duty as a dining room and as a showroom for exquisite and expensive home furnishings. You almost feel obligated to dress up a little so that you don’t ruin the look and feel of the place, which goes well with Gucci and Celine, less so with anything much more modest.Read More

Veggie Brunch at Nix in Greenwich Village

nix, a vegetarian restaurant in greenwich village

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is an eating philosophy that continues to grow in popularity in New York. To accommodate this trend, vegetarian restaurant openings have become increasingly popular, and one of the newer and better places to get your vegetable fix is at Nix in Greenwich Village. As my friend described it, the food is similar to the ones made at the ridiculously overpriced abcv, the vegetable-driven restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, only that it tastes better and is less expensive.Read More

Davelle, All-Day Japanese Cafe in LES

davelle, all-day cafe

Davelle, an all-day Japanese cafe in the LES, is a small and cozy little nook hidden away on an obscure corner of Suffolk St that takes a little effort to get to, but it’s certainly worth the trip. I’d walk many avenues east for multiple bites of the restaurant’s signature mochi mochi spaghetti, which sounds a bit dubious at first, especially when the waitress describes the ketchup sauce, but second and third helpings of the pasta will erase those doubts. And once you’re finished, which will be too quickly, you’ll start eyeing other parts of the menu, which changes as the day progress from breakfast, lunch to dinner. Those breakfast toast sets sound mighty delicious.Read More