Here’s your plan for next Saturday or Sunday: Head to the Contemporary Jewish Museum downtown to check out a very interesting home-and-design exhibit, and make sure you leave room for lunch at Wise Sons’ museum outpost. The Jewish deli has a full restaurant in the Mission and very fittingly opened a branch at the museum in early 2014. Same food options, same deliciousness. I am not a big reuben fan, but Wise Sons’ version of the sandwich is excellent. You can choose from pastrami (which I tried, and is reportedly rubbed with coriander and black pepper and then smoked over hickory for seven hours), corned beef, smoked turkey or even a veggie option (done with king trumpet mushrooms). Even the standard turkey sandwich was amazing. Pickled red onions hit the spot and dressed it up. Wise Sons also serves De La Paz coffee, made practically down the street on Mission.
I’d love to go back to try the grilled cheese (made with cheddar on challah, whoa) and matzo ball soup.
Leave it to a San Franciscan to have her first breakfast in Manhattan be avocado toast. But Cafe Gitane — a wonderful little French/Moroccan spot in Nolita — does it quite well, perhaps better than some West Coast cafes. It is absolutely sublime when paired with an order of baked eggs with basil, tomato and cream. My only complaint about the eggs was that the yolks were not runny at all, but the flavor more than enough made up for it. I wish I could have returned for lunch or dinner, because many other menu items look delicious.
Cafe Gitane // 113 Jane St. and 242 Mott St., New York City
Welcome to b. patisserie, a charming, modern French pastry spot in lower Pac Heights churning out tasty treats: croissants of all kinds, quiche, kouign-amann, tartines, you name it. Throw in Four Barrel coffee and lots of seating and you can’t go wrong.
Owner Belinda Leong — previously a pastry chef at Gary Danko in San Francisco — had been doing the pop-up thing for awhile before finally opening up her own brick and mortar. Her story is worth reading.
Reveille Coffee Co.’s relatively new outpost at Castro & 18th (opened in February) isn’t to be missed. Beyond high-quality coffee, they have plenty of food options: an array of those famous hipster toasts, yogurt + granola, salads and sandies. Too bad I didn’t realize and came with on a full stomach, only prepared for the coffee. It’s a really beautiful space, with indoor and outdoor seating a’plenty.
I kind of feel like I cheated on my own neighborhood gem of a cafe when I went to Jane this past weekend and – gasp – liked it better.
But Jane really has it all. Stumptown coffee, unique fresh baked treats, breakfast sandies, plenty of lunch options, really cool black-and-white striped table tops, awesome location. Just one of those places.