While C&B is a simple café, the food is anything but. This no frills, cozy restaurant serves some of the most delicious and interesting casual food that I have yet to find in NYC. The interior has a hominess and chicness that welcomes you the moment you walk in. As you mull over the menu, you can enjoy watching the chefs passionately prepare their unique creations. If you look just ahead, you will see a barista or two quickly creating their concoctions on demand. Behind them, lies a small seating area with an array of wooden and marble tables. Note that the tables are first come first serve. There is no service at this hidden gem: you order at the counter, seat yourself, and clear your own dishes. But who needs those extra amenities when the food is this good? Not I.
If the ambience doesn’t put a smile on your face, the food sure will. There is bound to be something that will appeal to you–bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, Turkish dishes, curries, and vegetable stir fries—there is omething for everyone, whether or not you’re an adventurous foodie. While everything on the menu is appealing, I must recommend the Cilbir: a Turkish yogurt dish with a poached egg, spices, and a piece of buttery, crisp toast. This dish alone is worth a visit to the restaurant. If this is not your style, try the sausage, egg and cheese, which is sure to please anyone who loves a hearty breakfast. A gourmet play on the classic, this sandwich exceeded my expectations. The juicy sausage combined with the cheesy scrambled eggs is sure to warm you up during the cold winter months. Enjoy it with a fresh cup of coffee or a cup of loose-leaf hot tea, and you will forget that there is a bustling city only a few steps away. Yes, the food is that delicious.
Afterwards, I welcome you to take a hot beverage to go, and explore the streets of the East Village. Across the street is Thompson Square Park, which frequently has community events open to all. After strolling through the park, explore the streets. There is always a surprise around every corner—whether it’s a vintage store, street art, or a designer boutique—there is always something to see and a place to go in the East Village.