A good café provides a place to ease your mind, freeing it from the worries of work, social life, and nightmarish body-swapping experiences with uptight grandparents. Melt mind-cluttering anxiety with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of café fare and drinks at Gizzi's in the West Village.
Gizzi's gourmands please palates of all types with delectable drinks and dishes found on a mouthwatering menu and distinguished drink list. Fill tummies that were depleted by the moon with a spread of delectable breakfast offerings, such as a bagel loaded with lox and capers ($4.95) or two blintzes, which distinguish themselves from their pancake cousins by tasting like apple or cherry ($5). Heartier appetites can be subdued with more substantial fare such as the portobello pesto sandwich ($7.75) or the grilled tilapia, topped with tartar sauce and served on ciabatta bread ($9.50). A medium coffee provides a morning pick-me-up ($2), while a medium fruit smoothie utilizes fresh fruit to provide a healthier alternative to ice cream or a plate of butter ($4.50).
Amid a hip dining room replete with contemporary-art-adorned brick walls and chalkboard menus, Gizzi’s full bar elates sippers with imported and domestic bottled beers ($6), house wines ($5, glass), a bevy of liquors, and nonalcoholic water. Eardrums dance to live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and independent film screenings replace narrated flipbook viewings every other Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The atmosphere at Gizzi's hums with a perfectly calibrated balance of lively music and intimate conversation fueled by eclectic, upscale American dishes and expertly mixed cocktails. High-backed booths, brick walls, and a flat-screen television surround guests as they chat over lemon-and-lime-marinated shrimp ceviche and delicate but filling salads that toss beds of mixed greens or arugula with pears, walnuts, or fried shrimp. Flame-kissed skirt steaks mingle with Achuk Chuchuk salade, as well as lamb chops that just leapt off the sizzling grill like a spooked spatula. While socializing over the mixologist's painstakingly shaken and stirred libations, guests can get toes tapping to live music performances scheduled throughout the week, or hone their critic's eye during independent-film screenings held every other Sunday.
16 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011