Dena Marino of Mc Kitchen has launched a charming, casual breakfast and lunch petite cafe on Second Avenue, adjacent to her fine-dining establishment. This fills a void in the Design District which had few options for high quality, quick takeout or very casual eat in restaurants. The neighborhood business people are overjoyed. The menus is limited to sandwiches served on croissants or mulitgrain baguettes. Fillers include roasted turkey, Swiss cheese with fruited mustard a and local arugula($10) or rosemary Cotta ham, provolone, local arugula and mustard seed aioli.($9)
“Pressatas,” (pressed sandwiches) such as the Cubano, with shaved porchetta, Cotto ham, melted Swiss and Brooklyn pickles for the carnivore, or marinated and grilled garden vegetables, raise the bar on grilled sandwiches. Three salads are on the menu at $9-$11 and ask for the soup of the day, if you call for takeout. Cream of cauliflower, sampled recently, was an elegant rendition. All the salads are as fresh as spring after a light rain. Free Wi-Fi are available.
Luscious looking pastries and a Lazzaro coffee should fit the bill for the afternoon tea time.
Monday -Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm