The Quick and Dirty: 10 Downing Food & Wine

A recent addition to the west village that serves new age American fare at moderate prices. Space is minimalist (read: boring), but the food has enough flare to keep you awake.

Scene: Crowd was dominated by your typical West Village inhabitants: hipsters, artists, and writers of all ages.

Vibe: Classic, casual, cool.

Good for brunch: Sunny side up duck egg, duck ham, maple stewed figs and onion on rye toast.
That just made my stomach growl.

No liquor served, meaning no bloody marys when you really need a bloody mary.
Only beer and wine.

Must try: I implore you to try the marinated brussel sprouts, even though the ingredients may intimidate: they're served over a poached egg and drizzled with an anchovy vinaigrette and a light dusting of parmesan cheese. To die for.

In the neighborhood:
Post brunch stroll: Newly renovated Washington Square Park is a few blocks north. If you're still in need of a Bloody Mary, make the pain stop at Hundred Acres on MacDougal St. Try one of 5 types they offer. I go for the chipotle, which comes with enough kick to get rid of my headache, plus a pile of garnishes to satisfy the unending hunger pangs.

Post dinner: Bummed about the no liquor policy? Satisfy your inner alcoholic at Little Branch, an underground (literally) jazz club, where mixologists warm up almost as much as the musicians.

10 Downing
Address: wait for it...10 Downing St, NY, NY 10014 (at 6th ave)
Reservations recommended


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