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The Vino Verano @Elsa (East Village, NY)


 After years of sketching fashion, lately I have been drawn to  illustrating something new and  different.  When I found this amazing concoction, The Vino Verano, while skimming The Time Out NY Summer Cocktail issue, I knew I had to sketch it!  The amazing colors, huge tuft of mint and bright  sliver of lemon speaks to what summer cocktails are about.  The Vino Verano is served at Elsa in the East Village.  It's base is a tart lemonade topped off with a medium bodied, sweet black cherry Spanish red-wine. Simple, refreshing and so beautiful to look at, you can't go wrong.

Elsa  217 E 3rd St., New York, NY 10009
at Ave. B

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren


Northern Spy (East Village, NY)




Stripped Bass with Corn Puree

Gnocchi with Sweet Popato

Peach Pie


(not pictured above)--

Kale Salad (Clothbound Cheddar, Kabocha Squash, Almonds, Lemon Dressing, Pecorin) 

Flat Bread with Potato and Rosemary, Squid 

So yes this little restaurant/market tucked away in the East Village is quite a find.  The food fresh and locally sourced , the dining room low key and cozy, the beer and wine selection featuring both local and imported options, and the prices so resonable you can come back again and again.  Although, when I tell friends about the magic of  Northern Spy all they can ask is "What does that name mean".  Well my dear friends the restaurant is named after New York's state apple...The Northern Spy.  Juicy, crisp and mildly sweet the restaurant pays homage to the apple in there Northern Spy Apple Pie....oh how devine!!!!


Northern Spy Co

511 E. 12th Street

New York, Ny



images from Northern Spy.com


Prune (East Village, NY)

Fried Oyster Omelette with remoulade sauce

Ricotta and Merveilles


Now you may be saying... wow..really?...10:30am for brunch...that seems a tad early....and I will simply say you can never and i repeat NEVER get to Prune too early for Sunday Brunch.

For one, you have to get there early, because the wait will generally be an hour or longer (so be prepared to get coffee at Bluebird next door while you wait).

Two you will wake up so early on Sunday from craving the Oyster Omelette with remoulade sauce,  Spaghetti A La Carbonara, Spicy Stewed Chickpeas, Dutch Style Pancakes and Soft Scrambled Eggs you will wait in front till they open.

Three and MOST IMPORTANTLY the bloody marys.  Which really is the only reason to get out of bed all together on a sunday morning. They bloody mary menu is so impressive they feature TWELVE different Marys.  My favorite is Chicago Matchbox (homemade lemon vodka, pickled brussels sprouts, white turnip, caper berries, green beans and radishes)I'm a garnish girl when it comes to marys so its like this one was meant for me.

Prune is the kind of place once you get there you will never want to leave, because a life filled with Oyster omelets, endless Bloody Marys options and unpretentious honest to goodness good food is one worth living...not to mention the cute little black licorice candy they give you with the bill..that helps too.


54 E. 1st Ave

New York, NY