food

NYC eat & drink

Fresh East Coast oysters, a lobster roll in Williamsburg, artisan chocolate, bagels, saison on a rooftop — just a few of the things I devoured on a recent trip to New York City.

In NYC :: Cafe Gitane

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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

Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House

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Beer Thirty: Santa Cruz’s newest hotspot for delicious craft beer served in a great indoor-outdoor beer garden setting. They’re serving up about 30 brews on tap, most of which I had never heard of before. Pretty decent prices to boot. They also sell bottles, which you can open and drink there or take home to save for later. It’s a really beautiful space — lots of reclaimed wood and an awesome lighted “Beer!” sign inside, plus huge European beer-garden-style tables outside with plenty of room. They don’t have a kitchen or serve any food, but Beer Thirty patrons can call in take-out orders from two nearby restaurants, Carpo’s and Michael’s on Main, and pick it up to eat there. This weekend, an employee from neighboring market The Fish Lady was also around peddling some goods and snacks. All in all, a great concept that’s sure to be incredibly successful.

Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House // 2504 South Main St., Soquel