BIKINIS

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I love finding somewhat hidden gems around the city. And luckily, I found another, in Alphabet City, for brunch, BIKINIS. 

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First off, the name is pretty adorable, so, I knew we were off to a good start. This Spanish cuisine restaurant is small, yet very bright and charming. On the walls you’ll find quirky pictures and paintings, namely one of a hairy chested, mustachioed man. Everything on the menu is extremely affordable and sounded delicious.

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We were first brought out some complimentary little Mimosa shots. Not a bad way to start.

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Then, for my entree, I ordered the Verde Bikini (Barcelona style pressed sandwich made with challah bread, sautéed crimini mushrooms, organic catalan style spinach, pine nuts, raisins, roasted peppers, provolone cheese). Served with a mixed green salad, this was a really nice sandwich. Golden brown and crisp around the edges, this was more of a fork-and-knife sandwich for me. The ingredients go really nicely together, and the mix of textures and flavors made this really tasty. 

The Shorts:
Name: BIKINIS
Location: 56 Avenue C, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. The space is totally charming and the service was excellent.
Would I recommend it? Yes. They have a really nice menu, something for everyone, at really affordable prices, in a casual, cozy space. Just a heads up, they’re only open for dinner and tapas Tuesday-Sunday and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Gansevoort Market

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Collaborative food markets are having a moment in this past year. From Gotham West Market, to Hudson Eats, food hall or food court style spaces are housing some great talent all under one roof. The most recent to join this trend is Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District.

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Once occupied by a club, this open space now has an array of food offering with a seating section underneath an incredible skylight and wrapped up in branches and bits of nature. Below are a list of all the vendors, in no particular order. 

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Dojo Sushi is serving authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi.

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Tacombi serves Mexican street food and tacos.

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Champion Coffee serves coffee.

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Heermance Farm Purveyors has organic produce from the Hudson Valley.

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Luzzo’s has coal oven pizza.

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The Bruffin Cafe serves a muffin-brioche-like pastry filled with quality ingredients.

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Pig Guy NYC serves BBQ.

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Yiaourti has a Greek yogurt bar with sheep’s milk yogurt.

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Crêpe Sucre is a French crêpe bar.

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Ed’s Lobster Bar serves New England seafood.

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Gansevoort Bakery is a Greek bakery.

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Cappone’s is an authentic Italian specialties and sandwich shop.

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Our True Roots makes beverages and snacks from tiger nuts.

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Dana’s Bakery makes French macarons.

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Lov Organic has organic teas.

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Feel Food has organic juice and highly nutritious food.

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Donostia serves Spanish tapas.

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Flower Girl has whimsical flower arrangements.

The Shorts:
Name: Gansevoort Market 
Location: 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are lots of great vendors here, really something for everyone, in an accessible and open space.
Would I recommend it? For sure. It makes a great pit-stop for a coffee or snack, or, grab a bite and dine in their forest-like dining space. Plus, you’re right by the High Line, so, you can really make a day of it.