What should you do the next time you try to get a reservation at Narcissa but there are no tables available? Settle for the next best thing and have a meal or drink at Cafe Standard, also located at The Standard Hotel in the East Village. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love outdoor dining season, and one walk by Cafe Standard was all it took for me to fall in love. Throw in a menu of great nobread food options and an extensive cocktail list and I was completely sold…
Cafe Standard is cute and casual, and it is the perfect restaurant for when you are looking to grab a quick bite on a beautiful spring or summer day. At breakfast, egg dishes including organic eggs with your choice of meat and home fries, organic egg whites with avocado, spinach, and feta cheese, and an omelette with country ham, cheddar and home fries are all nobread approved (just ask for them notoast). The tofu scramble and sirloin steak & eggs are also nobread approved and great when you are in the mood for something heavier. Following breakfast, the cafe serves an “all day” menu filled with appetizers, delicious salads, and burgers/sandwiches (that can be prepared nobread). My favorite orders are the kale and apple salad and cobb salad with grilled chicken. These salads are light, yet filling, and every time I go to the cafe I see a salad on every table. Much of Cafe Standard’s menu is gluten free, and the shrimp ceviche with no garlic chips, guacamole, hummus and crudite, and oysters are more perfect lunch options and easily sharable amongst friends.
Cute ambiance, casual vibe, and nobread approved food; Cafe Standard has become one of my go to restaurants for lunch. At night, the bar and garden at the Cafe are incredibly popular and attract much of NoHo and downtown New York City’s crowd. I have a feeling I’ll be hitting up Cafe Standard well into the fall, and all I’ll need to see is a heat lamp and you can guarantee I’ll be posting up here this winter, too. See you again soon, Cafe Standard!