I love a good restaurant. I don’t actually go out very often, but when I do I like to try new places and experiment with different menus. In fact, I’ve currently got a running list of various places I’m dying to try on my computer. The Butcher’s Daughter, a vegetarian café located in Manhattan downtown Nolita neighborhood, has been burrowing on that list for a while now, and when I found out my mom and I were going to be in the city this past Sunday, I figured now was as good a time as any to try it out.
Before I get into my restaurant experience, let me just say that it is located in perhaps that coolest of neighborhoods. As much as I love the Upper East Side and the West Village, I have to admit that there is something about the Soho/Nolita area that is so…fresh. The energy is incredible, not to mention that the shopping is equally as amazing! Even you if you don’t swing by The Butcher’s Daughter, spending an afternoon wandering around downtown is absolute New York must.
Now, onto the important part: the restaurant itself. Even before you place your order, it’s not hard to imagine what The Butcher’s Daughter’s overall message is. Through the surprisingly intimate setting, distressed, rustic décor, and barely audible music, the atmosphere shamelessly promotes the idea of really being “present” for your meal. Whether that means taking your time to relish in every bite of avocado toast (their specialty), or just putting that iPhone down for a few minutes to really enjoy your company, The Butcher’s Daughter is all about slowing down. Having just come off a particularly stressful week, I found the aesthetic not only visually pleasing (I’ve got a thing for distressed wood), but also a welcome reprieve from the ups and downs of daily life.
The food itself was no different. For those of you who don’t know, The Butcher’s Daughter boasts one of the “cleanest” menus in New York. Seriously, though, there are very few places with menus actually offering things like ‘Soaked Organic Muesli’ or ‘7-Grain French Toast’ for brunch. It’s probably even harder to find a restaurant where these options are not only available, but mouthwateringly delicious. So let me just tell you The Butcher’s Daughter has that all down to perf-ection.
For my brunch, I ordered the Smashed Avocado Toast Benedict, which was essentially two small slices of whole grain toast topped with avocado and poached eggs, with a sweet potato hash on the side. It was heavenly, there’s just no other way I can really describe it. The avocado was silky smooth, and the eggs were runny and scrumptious, just the way they should be. Even the sweet potato hash, which I did not expect to love, was delectable. To drink, I ordered the ‘Goddess of Green’ juice, which consisted of kale, cucumber, green apple, pineapple, fennel, thyme, and blue green algae. I normally shy away from green juices, but I’d read rave reviews about The Butcher’s Daughter’s concoctions, so I decided to take the plunge. I was not disappointed! Not only was it yummy, but the juice left me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a long day of walking the city streets.
All in all, I really enjoyed my little stop at The Butcher’s Daughter. It’s one of those rare places with the whole package: great aesthetic, wonderful, healthy food, and a killer location. They will definitely be seeing me again!
I hope you all enjoyed this little review of The Butcher’s Daughter. I’m thinking about incorporating overviews New York restaurants and excursions as a permanent facet of my blog…let me know what you think!