This summer was filled with suitcases, narrow misses of train times, traffic, and a lot of fun plans in between. One of the only weekends Paul and I were in New York in August, we knew we needed to brunch, but the thought of a massive amount of unhealthy carbs with bathing suits looming sounded the opposite of appealing. I was on a search for a healthy, relaxed brunch to kill two birds with one stone and we ended up at Two Hands.
I knew we’d struck gold when we walked into the bright cafe and saw everyone around us sipping on specialty coffee drinks and snacking on breakfast bowls. It couldn’t have been more photogenic..I was in my happy place.
I had to snap a photo of the art sprinkled around Two Hands’ interior because it so perfectly paired with the restaurant’s surfy cafe vibe. I was a big fan of the artwork featured on the walls.
I was stuck on the drink menu for a good ten minutes. There was every variety of espresso drinks and tea you could think of, plus freshly made juices and healthy smoothies. I could have spent my whole brunch on the liquids, but settled on an iced chai latte, which was served in a mason jug with a fun paper straw.
Paul is a big proponent of fresh juice – he’s convinced his ritual of liquid kale makes him sharper for the day – so he was all over the make-your-own combo. I couldn’t pass on the acai bowl with frozen blueberries and bananas with cacao, acai powder and almond milk, topped with gluten free granola, hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut, cacao nibs, blueberries, and raspberries. I will forever crave this breakfast bowl now, and I can’t wait to try and replicate it at home.
To continue on the healthy bandwagon, I ordered the avo toast served with thick cut sullivan street whole grain pullman loaf topped with sea salt, cracked black pepper, chili flakes and olive oil with a wedge of lemon. This was no plain jane avocado toast, despite the simple ingredients. It was a hearty portion and the special bread elevated the dish.
Paul ordered the egg sandwich which was essentially the avocado toast with bacon, tomato, and egg. It was so flavorful and filling, and the portion was perfectly sized.
The Bitches say: Five Champagne flutes. This place is a hipster, Instagram-loving haven, but the food was anything but overrated. Healthy, delicious, and reasonably priced dishes are the main reason to give Two Hands a try.
Two Hands serves brunch every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.