My mom and I always joked that we would be pretty awesome food critics; well, any type of business critics really. For us, it’s all in the details when it comes to any business. The places we find ourselves critiquing most are restaurants, so I decided I’m going to start doing random restaurant/cafe reviews on here! Some may feature my mom’s thoughts but for the most part I’ll be leading the convo!
Let me first say I wish I thought about doing this review while I was actually at the place I’ll be reviewing today so I took more pictures, but I’ll be sure to add some links to other people’s pictures so you get a better sense of the place. So let’s get right into it.
The featured review this week is small cafe called Two Hands. The cafe is in NYC, 164 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013, to be exact. The location was unexpected as it’s near (or in?) Little Italy, but the place was super cute nonetheless! I walked in and saw a long wooden table in the center with people on their computers, reading books, or couples sipping tea and flat whites chatting in Australian accents! To the left and right there were long wooden benches along the walls with small wooden round tables and wooden chairs on the aisle side – loved it (I felt like it would be in an Urban Outfitters catalog or something). The walls were white brick and had an array of photos hung along with a pretty awesome center piece I can’t even describe (wish I took a picture)! The ceiling had great detail and had lights strung across that made me feel like it was summertime. The cafe seriously looked like it was the most chic soho apartment I’ve never been to and I absolutely loved the atmosphere.
(my half eaten avo toast and acai bowl)
We were greeted by a smile and Australian accent and got to choose our seats. After getting settled we were given paper menus (I think they could have been more creative with their presentation – I would have expected to be handed like a burlap menu or something). The menu wasn’t long, as it is a cafe, but it had everything one might need. Their coffee selection was the usual but I heard their flat white was a must try. This was my first time hearing about this drink – and of course the NEXT day starbucks added it to their new menu – what are the chances, honestly? They also had teas, fresh juices, smoothies, and I believe I saw shakes? After perusing the instagram hashtag, #twohands, I had already decided on what I was ordering: avo toast with an egg over easy, a flat white, and an acai bowl, duh. I dragged Hellah (boyfriend who could do without restaurant hopping with me most days) worrying he wouldn’t really love the menu but he wound up ordering the avo toast with scrambled eggs and an orange ginger lemon juice (his stomach wasn’t on it’s best behavior so we thought that might help… and it did!) and he really enjoyed both! For him that was an expensive snack, but for people picking during studying or going out for a light breakfast, it’s perfect!
They did forget my acai bowl but our waitress was super apologetic and I didn’t mind except for the fact that we were starving and couldn’t wait for it to make our picture.
My food thoughts:
Avo Toast. was DELICIOUS.. like seriously. The only thing I didn’t love was that the crust of the bread was verrrrrry tough to cut, and of course to chew. I honestly couldn’t even cut certain areas of it with my knife so I tried just biting it and that wasn’t much better either. I would say they should either find less crusty bread or serve it with steak knives (really). Hellah agreed. ($7 with just avocado, olive oil, lemon, pepper, and salt +$3 egg sunny side up or over easy +$4 scrambled egg +$3 bacon +$3 roasted tomatoes – from what I remember)
Acai Bowl. was a great consistency but I wished they had different flavors like chocolate or blueberry. I do love adding cocoa powder to my acai bowls to give it a little more flavor but I really did enjoy this one. You get a lot of acai in there with some great toppings. I would recommend they give more options for the acai bowls regarding flavor of the base and toppings. ($9)
Flat White. Ok I have to say I have no idea what a flat white even is and I just ordered it because instagram said I should. I’m not a coffee fanatic so I don’t really KNOW good coffee but to me, this was much like a cappuccino without the foam (which is what I’d usually order so it was perfect). ($3.5)
Orange Ginger Lemon Juice. I probably should have gotten one of these to go because I couldn’t stop drinking Hellah’s juice! It was absolutely delicious. The cool thing is they give you a list of juices and you can choose up to four to have together. Since his stomach was feeling not so great I told him he should try lemon ginger juice with some orange for extra sweetness! It was deeeelish and like the perfect health packed orange juice to have with your breakfast! ($6)
Let’s talk about pricing.. As you can see it’s not cheap. To be honest the only things I thought were overpriced were the additions to the Avo Toast. I think an egg should be $1 – at most! Come on, I can buy at least a dozen eggs for the price of one over easy. I also think the base should be $6- one avocado at a grocery store is probably $2 and a slice of bread… don’t get me started. This toast definitely didn’t have a full avocado on it, probably more like 1/4 of an avocado. That’s not a cheap breakfast for two (and definitely not much) but I can understand why it’s such a popular place. They have a great atmosphere, fresh vibrant food, upbeat employees (WITH ACCENTS) and instagrammers who can take a perfect picture of it all!
I would for sure recommend trying the avo toast and acai bowl at least once!