When sisters/social butterflies/downtown denizens Laura and Danielle Kosann are not filing posts for taste-making site The New Potato, they're most likely testing and tippling the latest menu items and spirit concoctions for a new batch of stories about eating, drinking, and cooking well in NYC and beyond. We asked the duo where we might find them on any given evening, and they put together a local Little Black Book to their New York neighborhood.
NEW YORK CITY – We moved to New York City right after college, but the love affair began long before that. We grew up nearby, and often visited Manhattan to see extended family, Broadway shows, museum exhibitions, and — of course — eat at great restaurants. For us, NYC has always been the epicenter of all things cultural and culinary. We spend a lot of time in buzzy Soho and its charming neighborhood to the north, Noho. There's always something new happening down here! We compiled a list of our current favorite spots (mixed in with an old classic or two).
THE NEW POTATO IN SOHO
Jack’s Wife Freda
2 24 Lafayette St.; +212-510-8550
A luncheonette where you'll find some of NYC’s latest and greatest tastemakers chatting over Greek salads, Mediterranean breakfasts, and fish a la plancha.
STYLISH DRINKING IN NOHO
332 Lafayette St.; +1-212-925-4242
This dark, hidden-in-plain-sight, old-school lounge serves serious mixed drinks and is perfect for everything from a first date to drinks with coworkers to a birthday celebration.
The Library at The Public
425 Lafayette Ave.; +1-212-539-8777
Tucked away on the second floor of The Public Theater is a sophisticated spot for drinking cocktails before, between, or after a show.
270 Lafayette St.; +1-212-625-1717
They have multiple locations around the city, but the Lafayette location is best for both its atmosphere and people watching. You can also camp out there for as long as you like.
Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery
380 Lafayette St.; +1-212-533-3000
We love this spot from Andrew Carmellini for a Frenchie breakfast or quick afternoon coffee. Don’t miss the boulangerie basket or outdoor seating for people-watching on the wide, promenade-like Lafayette Street.
57 Great Jones St.; private number
This members-only Japanese eatery is hidden behind a fancy butcher shop. The wagyu beef is to die for. You need either a referral or phone number to get in. Though you can also try your hand at walking by and asking nicely for a reservation number.
218 Lafayette St.; +212-965-8777
Pasta, pasta, pasta: Three reasons why you'll fall for this cozy trattoria. You'll feel transported to Italy.
325 Bowery; +1-212-220-9100
A two-story space (often filled to the brim with diners) where you can order rounds of carbs and wine at reasonable prices.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
53 Great Jones St.; +1-212-837-2622
A popular off-shoot of beloved neighborhood Italian farmhouse restaurant Il Buco. This is our favorite place for a glass of wine and snack of cheese and charcuterie before dinner.
A SCENE-Y STAY
335 Bowery; +1-212-505-9100
This is a unique place that feels like it belongs to another era. The lobby scene is super cool and the rooms might be the coziest in the city. Downstairs Italian restaurant Gemma feels like a social event.