Butcher’s Daughter – West Village

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Ugh, ew. The quality of these photos are awful, and I apologize that you get the iPhone 5s (5 shitty cam, am I right?) through Snapchat – an even lower quality of image. Unfortunately, 8 GB for a phone that has lasted me 2+ years is not quite enough room for really anything, so Snapchat saves it is. ALSO WHY IS THE FIRST PHOTO SO BLURRY. I am so sorry. However, enough of the apologies and onto Butcher’s Daughter! I have heard of this place for forever, and seen pictures all over Instagram place. I had pretty high hopes for the aesthetics, but the Yelp reviews – my holy grail apparently – did not rate it above 4 stars. At this point, I think I have expected to be disappointed with under 4 star places, and this was another one.bd3

As avid brunchers, my friend and I had already checked out the brunch menu before hand extremely excited about our choices. This was, unfortunately, a Friday at 11:30pm, and thus, not a socially accepted brunch time (although honestly, when is it not brunch time?!). This restaurant has all vegetarian options and are very accommodating if you are looking for a vegan place. As a fake vegetarian (aka I eat some chicken, and will usually opt for a vegetarian dish), all the options looked pretty good. I tried the Butcher’s Grilled Cheese (vegan cheddar cheese, avocado, tomatoes, adzuki bacon aka fake bacon, and basil on sourdough), while my friend tried the Chicken Milanese (vegetarian chicken, some veggies, avocado, arugula). Both priced at $15 for quite small portions if we are going to be totally honest. My friend was not a huge fan of the vegetarian chicken because it apparently looked like a potato, but didn’t taste like a potato nor did it quite reach the chicken level. My fake bacon was alright, although I have been partially scarred by fake bacon from the Morning Farms’ fake bacon. Overall, the sandwich was pretty good but not anything spectacular.bd

I must admit that this was by far the cutest place that I have been thus far. I was completely in love with it, and it was probably the nicest day out so far (at 60 degrees, wtf NYC WTF GLOBAL WARMING). They opened up half the restaurant and there was a nice breeze going through the very open layout. If you are looking to go during downtime, there are not a lot of people on Friday mornings, but there is also not a brunch menu then so it is a sad time. I see why the Yelp reviews were not great though, the sandwiches were not worth $15 at all, and I was not very full. Definitely walk by and take some pictures, or maybe even grab a drink or something, but the lunch was not exactly a deal and a half. Or a deal really. I’m hopeful that perhaps the brunch is better because those options looked really good, but not worth the hype.

The Wild Son – Chelsea

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This past Monday, I headed to the Wild Son after seeing adorable Instagram pictures, and reading the menu to find some cool vegetarian options. Usually they are not open on Monday’s, but for MLK Day, capitalism takes a toll. Luckily, I arrived around 1pm, and there was not a wait, although I did end up sitting at the table right by the door (and was blocked by a tree which was inconvenient for my friend trying to find me, oh well). Warning if you are walking here, it does not look like the conventional location because it is super industrial and there are lots of cars on this road, but I promise it is there if you just keep walking.

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I ordered the New Morning which had soft scrambled eggs, roasted cauliflower & shishito peppers, pickled onions, cilantro & jalapeno yogurt (copied and pasted from the menu, I am not that technical about my peppers). It was definitely a messy sandwich, and it was not that large of a sandwich for $10. However, it was a wonderful mix of different flavors and enough to keep me filled up for a bit. My friend ordered the Pulled Chicken sandwich as well as a green juice, which they have many options for. They have a lot of really neat combinations so I definitely recommend looking into it (even if not so greatly priced).

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Overall, the aesthetic was really cute, and as any cute cafe, a little tight with space. I am not sure if I would go back just because trekking to Chelsea is always a lot of work but my friend and I headed to the Whitney after so it was a nice 2-for-1 that day. Something about this restaurant just seems very fresh, so if you are looking for a cute place to go, I’d recommend, even if it was not particularly memorable.

Coco & Cru -Bowery

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November is here! And I feel like I’m dying a little because there is so much to be done before the semester ends, but at least the weather is still beautiful (although it is questionable because what are we doing with our Earth – even though I recently discovered we are in an Ice Age period anyways but that is beside the point). However, Carolyn was ready to make me feel less like death with her recommendation of the New Museum, which was amazing (check out her post, it’s fab). After wandering around, looking for millions of food options and settling on none, we saw Coco & Cru. coco3The second you walk in – I quote Carolyn – the immediate reaction is “it smells healthy in here.” The leafy aroma hits pretty hard, and I started to get worried – I am not one for too healthy. However, I did end up getting the Portobello Mushroom Sandwich, which was fantastic. The French fries were the perfect mix of crispy and salty, so 10/10. When I originally saw my order, I thought the burger itself was a tad on the small side, but after scarfing down a good half of it, I felt like the food baby game was strong. Although, the $$ was an accurate depiction of the meal, I was pleasantly surprised with the food. You do get the quality and amount of food that would be worth $15, but it is not necessarily a steal for the student budget.

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One minor complaint I had was that we ended up sitting on stools in a very tight fit, so it was difficult to hang up winter coats and find places to put our bags. However, I have no complaints about the food itself or the service, which was quicker than anticipated (apologies to the waitress that had to decrypt my total dollar amount because I cannot do math sometimes). Also for a Saturday lunch time, we managed to beat the rush around 1pm, which was great because we did not have to wait at all. Overall, it was a cute spot that has many healthy options if you are feeling more of a splurge one day.