While We Were Young, New York

While We Were Young is one of those places that’s been lingering in my dreams since I visited. Everything was perfect – and I say this without hyperbole. It is, however, a good thing I don’t live in New York because I would go broke real quick eating and drinking here every day.

The music, the service, the fresh spring sunlight streaming through their huge glass windows – it was unreal.

As Maria and I had stayed up until the early morning finishing off a bottle of grüner veltliner, we decided some hair of the dog was in order – starting with some of the loveliest cocktails I ever did see.

The pretty pink one is their house cocktail, aptly called While We Were Young, made with vodka, vanilla bean, sparkling wine, and something called ‘butterfly peaflower’. I’m still not sure exactly what that is, but it’s delicious. The lavender one, called Pillow Talk, is a surprisingly refreshing mix of gin, pear, sage, and lillet.

Finally, the Too Good For You was just what the doctor ordered, with a splash of tequila added to the otherwise healthy blend of kale, lime, agave, and cucumber. Mark my words – this is the ultimate hangover cure!

As stunning as everything was, WWWY proved that it’s not just a pretty face. The dishes, while beautiful and comforting, are all as healthy as they get.

You can tell the people who cook at WWWY also love to eat, and have had a lot of fun crafting the menu. Ingredients are sourced both locally and organically, with little twists thrown in. My choice of chicken & waffles, for example, incorporated kale right into the waffle batter.  Maria’s Eggs Florentine incorporated baby collards and spinach, a few hearty potatoes, and homemade hollandaise.

Everything seemed to be fresh and nourishing without being obnoxious about it. And also, I mean, just look at that perfectly instagrammable presentation.

The next time I’m in New York, While We Were Young will be the first place I run back to. They’ve recently opened their doors for dinner as well, but still do walk-in only for brunch service. It’s a tiny place, so your best bet is to go with just one friend and have a little patience. Even if you have to wait a bit, it’s totally worth it.




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