This post is second in a series of two giving recommendations for where to go and what to do in Alphabet city. The first can be found here.
Snack: Sigmund’s Pretzels
All they sell are pretzels, and every time I’ve been they’ve been warm, soft, and delicious. With several flavors of pretzels—such as salt, garlic & parsley, cinnamon raisin, truffle cheddar plus half a dozen others—and dips—i.e. herbed goat cheese, whole grain and honey mustard, raspberry jam, or simply cream cheese—it’s a fun interactive experience for a group. If there are several of you, and each gets a different knot & dip for $3, you can entertain yourselves playing with combinations as long as the pretzels stay warm.
Dine: Westville (East location)
Westville is a favorite brunch spot of mine when I’m hungry and in search of a simple, unpretentious environment. The staff is warm and friendly if busy, there is a grand array of vegetables on the menu, the kitchen actually knows how to cook vegetables, and they let you take your time. I went in recovery after a couple of burger and pizza and beer days, so I ordered four sides of veggies (fried plantains with cojita, soy sautéed bok choy, artichoke hearts & parmesan, and mixed mushrooms with leeks and herbs—enough to split between two people), two poached eggs, and whole grain toast. If you were to execute this plan with a partner it would cost you each $12.
Energize: 9th Street Espresso
I love this place. I love everything about it’s emulation of trendy Manhattan minimalism—from the black and white two-tone cup and saucer logo to the limited menu options. There is no soy, skim, almond, or hemp milk. These are your choices: 3, 6, 9, 12-ounce espresso with milk; small, medium, or large pressed coffee; cold brew for a hot day, and Chemex brew at market price if you’re feeling snooty.