New York’s Best Café: The Grey Dog Café

Grey Dog Café is an oasis among oases; in my opinion, the best food in New York City. Not the best as in the most fancy, but if you’re like me, and you like gigantic sandwiches on great artisan bread followed by perfect coffee and grandma-style desserts (Peach cobbler! Cookies of all kinds! Pie! Incredible pie!), look no further than 33 Carmine Street in the West Village, unless of course you’re nearer their second location at 90 University Place off of Union Square. In that case, look there—it’s the same food, same atmosphere, and the same (I swear) beautiful people behind the counter. Not that it matters, but everyone I’ve ever seen working the counter at this NY comfort food Mecca has a sweet smile and great bone structure; go see for yourself, I don’t lie.

Grey Dog’s Coffee is certainly something to write home about. They have a full coffee bar with all the usual espresso and coffee drinks, and you can even order from their website if you want to bring the brew back home. Apart from that, they have great teas, smoothies, and other drinks, as well as beer on tap and an affordable wine selection. HELPFUL HINT: After 9pm, happy hour kicks in and you can get decent draft beer (which rotates, but I’ve had Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Lager) for the by-New-York-standards-cheap-as-hell 3 bucks a pint—real beer at PBR prices. That said, for the hipster purist, cans of PBR are available for, I think, the same price.

Look at their menu to find your own favorites. You can’t really go wrong. I love the Chicken and the Tuna Melt, the Turkey-Apple-Brie, and the Grey Dog Club as far as sandwiches go, but the Country Salad has the best homemade salad dressing I’ve ever had. Oh and try the Baja Fish Tacos—a little on the small side for the price ($11.95) but completely worth it. Their breakfast outdoes any New York Diner in comfort food satisfaction; try the Grey Dog Breakfast which has all the usual fixings—eggs any style, french toast or pancakes, & bacon or sausage, or ham. I recently had the Baked Oatmeal, which really is a cube of baked oatmeal made with cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins and is served sitting in a bath of hot steamed milk, perfect for those mornings where you just miss your mom.

By: Ben Britz, Photos By: Elizabeth Seward

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Swizz of NYC: Fondue Heaven


Fondue is officially my favorite way to eat food, thanks to Swizz-a jaw dropping restaurant in New York City. I feel as though I just went to Heaven and came back to write about it. In reality, I just went to west 53rd St. in Manhattan and had possibly the most delicious meal ever.

Swizz is an eloquent dining haven. Decorated with gorgeous photographs from all over the world (the Franz Joseph “Glacier” piece next to my table was absolutely beautiful), the restaurant is delicate and unique simultaneously. The light jazz music playing in the background was calming and did nothing other than further the classy, yet comfortable, atmosphere of the place.

The Swiss certainly did something right when they invented Fondue. I was first served the Cheese Fondue Provencale with fresh herbs and cubes of bread. My taste buds rejoiced. The herbs in this cheese are melted together flawlessly and provide for a luscious eating experience. After obsessing over the bread cubes, I was brought broccoli, mushrooms, and apples to try in this delicious cheese. PERFECTION is the only word I can use to describe all of these combinations-but particularly the most unlikely marriage of apple and cheese. Who knew apples and cheese could taste so wonderful together? I then tried the air dried beef. All that I can say about that selection is WOW. You MUST try it. Continue reading