Though the experts at Silver Tips Tea take tea seriously, they eschew traditional notions of the Victorian teahouse. Instead, they strive to ?democratize? teatime, educating patrons on tea origins and preparation methods, which, at Silver Tips, are meticulous. Staffers scrupulously steep their selection of 150 organic and fair-trade teas to order, carefully gauging steep time and water temperature to ensure an optimal cup. Additionally, they strive to foster a homey, welcoming space, outfitting their pumpkin and honey-wheat walls with local artwork.
Java Crave Caffe invites visitors to take a seat at one of its granite-topped tables for a cup of coffee or a fresh-baked pastry. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the quaint cafe's hardwood floors and light mocha walls are bathed in sunlight. As visitors bask in the warm glow of the sun?which is a house cat's favorite activity, according to numerous Fancy Cat studies?baristas brew batches of coffees that are set out for self-service or create frothy cappuccinos and flavored lattes.
When not busy stocking its shelves with imported Italian pantry staples, The Iron Tomato's kitchen whips out authentic dishes of fresh fare crafted using house-made mozzarella and fresh ingredients culled from the in-house produce stand and butchery. Engage in midday munching with offerings from the market's full-service salad bar, or exchange amorous glances with an eggplant and prosciutto sandwich, which spans the distance between two halves of a bastone with fried eggplant, prosciutto, mozzarella, and broccoli rabe ($10.75). Diners can pledge their undying devotion to pasta by diving into bowlfuls of homemade cheese ravioli ($13.95) or creamy pancetta-laced fettuccini alfredo ($12.95), or the can feign loyalty to its arch nemesis, antipasti, by surrendering to bites of baked little-neck clams rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs ($8.50). Come dinner time, stuffed pork chops envelop a melodious mélange of broccoli rabe, roasted peppers, and fresh mozzarella ($17.95) to silence boisterous stomach pains, and the Giant Iron Tomato burger anchors appetites with 24 ounces of sirloin topped with cheese, sautéed mushrooms, onions, and a small wrecking ball ($10.95).
The founder of Lilli Pilli Health Bar came to New York from Australia via the Serengeti, Alps, and Morocco, bringing with her a love for the healthy food that fueled her adventurous, healthy life. Nourishing cold-pressed juices made from fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs are at the core of her menu?juices that can be sipped as simple refreshment or used as part of a multi-day cleanse. It was very important to her to establish a menu based in organic and nutritionally sound foods and juices for a healthy detox. The chefs at this juice bar and eatery also assemble wholesome sandwiches and salads and simmer soups free from preservatives or Twinkies. Locally roasted coffees and a selection of loose teas provide a dose of caffeine or calming break from the day.
The cuisines of many cultures mingle in the kitchen of J & J Luncheonette Co. Chefs fry up everything from staple fish and chips to classic American burgers to coxinhas?fried chicken croquets commonly cooked by street vendors in Brazil. Breakfast ushers in such eye-opening eats as Spanish omelets, French toast, and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on homemade corn bread. Of course, those in the know know J & J Luncheonette Co. for its empanadas, which are available stuffed with steak or chicken, cheese and jalapenos, roast pork, or Italian sausage.