When your flight gets cancelled because of a storm. There’s really not much else you can do then plan to eat and drink that day. Right? That’s exactly the position we found ourselves in, and exactly what we did on our last day in New York.
Having felt as though we hadn’t done much in the way of foodie explorations. We settled on heading to The Butcher’s Daughter Nolita for brunch. A plant based foodie spot, we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed as we’d heard so much about it previously. All with rave reviews.
When we arrived there was a queue out the door. The lovely lady that greeted us, told us to grab a coffee next door at The Butcher’s Daughter Coffee shop and she would come get us when she had space. Immediately after we collected our drinks, she appeared and we had a lovely sunny spot looking out onto the street.
A plant-based restaurant, cafe and juice bar. The Butcher’s Daughter prides themselves on seasonal menus and buying produce from local and organic farms. The fruits and vegetables that come through the doors are treated like meat in a butchers; being chopped, filleted, and carved into healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes with gluten-free options too.
I went for the Butcher’s Burger. A vegetable and black bean burger with vegan cheese, tomato, sautéed onions, vegan chipotle mayo and arugula in a lettuce wrap with the most delicious potato wedges.
Even when I was eating meat, I’ve always preferred having my burger wrapped in lettuce versus a bread bun. It’s SO much easier to eat and I feel like the flavour comes through more. This burger was incredible. So tasty and the wedges were out of this world!
Ben had the Butcher’s Bowl. Roasted potatoes, harrissa aoili, maitake mushroom, spinach, fennel sausage and poached egg topped with sliced avocado.
We soaked up the sun for as long as we could while we filled up on delicious food then ventured out into the cold, but sunny New York day.
The sun beaming down made absolutely no difference to the temperature and we ducked in and out of shops to try to keep warm. We walked all the way across town before deciding to try and find somewhere for a drink in the warm with a view.
Cue Mr Purple. On the 15th Floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, Mr Purple has uninterrupted 180 views of the New York Skyline. The space is flooded with light, with the inside and outside spaces split by just a pane of glass. Créme Design brought the space together with reclaimed wood structures, free hanging lights, concrete and metal.
If the view isn’t enough to draw you out onto the terraces, the open-air pool might be. Possibly one of the highest pools in New York, I can imagine this space really comes alive in summer.
The majority of seats were already taken, so we asked the receptionist if there were any spots and she offered us two comfy low level leather armchairs.
We immediately ordered some drinks and made the most of the view, before the cold got too much.
Feeling slightly peckish we ordered the hummus to share, with seasonal crudité and naan bread. We probably should have ordered more food and less drinks, but we carried on having the best time as the sun slowly started to descend and the bar filled up.
Like every bar we went to in New York, Mr Purple was no exception in having unbelievably friendly people. We met some amazing people and had some hilarious interactions. It was late evening when we left and we popped out once more to see the skyline lit up on our last night in New York.