It was a Saturday morning, and the beau and I were a bit hungover from a late Friday of a lengthy dinner at Mercer Kitchen followed by dancing in the Lower East Side. We had some much-needed shopping to do in SoHo, and we wanted something healthy and quick along the way.
We decided on Two Hands, dropping by the TriBeCa location on our walk over to SoHo. It seemed only appropriate that the coffee shop, bar, and restaurant is Australian, like my beau.
The bright blue, white, and green restaurant is airy and open, with a front patio and a very charming, playful bar area. The tattooed bartenders and waitstaff wear tropical shirts and are just generally cool. The bright and airy vibes were rejuvenating and we loved the generally upbeat, friendly atmosphere.
We began with coffees: a golden latte for me and an iced chai for my guy. Served in a tumbler, the chai was packed with flavors of cinnamon and cocoa. It was sweet, but not excessively so. I stole several sips when he wasn’t looking. My golden latte, which is made with tumeric, was spicy, creamy, and warm. This was my first golden latte, so I have little to compare it to, but I would go ahead and label it as excellent.
There were a few enticing, healthy yet yummy dishes we wanted to order: the avocado smash toast, the beet-cured salmon bowl, and the sweet potato waffles with Brussels sprouts and bacon, which we had been eyeing on other tables.
We’re both not-so-secret sugar addicts, so we knew we wanted to the ricotta hotcakes, a gluten-free skillet pancake, topped with macerated blackberries, cashews, and honeyed pecans. The pancake was utter heaven: fluffy and moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. It was big enough for us both to indulge (okay, it was massive), and it was even better when drenched in syrup.
We also ordered the pickled chili scrambled eggs, served on sourdough toast. The eggs were beautifully prepared, fluffy and light, but boring. In truth, the dish would have lacked flavor if it hadn’t been for the chilis. The bites of eggs sans chilis had little to no flavor. This is a fine order if you’re looking to eat healthy and boring, but there are surely better options on the menu.
The Bitches say: A-, a cute space, great service, and healthy, delicious fare. Love the coffee, vibes, and drool-worthy yet healthy options.
Two Hands Restaurant
251 Church St.
New York, NY 10013