The gist: Los Angeles transplant and hospitality vet Camilla Marcus (previously the director of business development for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group) brings a taste of the West Coast to SoHo with west~bourne, an all-day cafe that opened earlier this month. In addition to serving a locally sourced, vegetable-forward menu in an inviting space, a portion of its profits benefits The Door, an organization supporting local youth with educational services, via a partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation.
The food: California cuisine reigns supreme on a diverse menu highlighting the ingredients of the season. Look for dishes like Foster’s Yogurt (roasted banana yogurt, bananas, cacao crunch, turmeric), Echo Taco (crispy corn tortillas; onion, pepper and potato hash; American cheese; romaine lettuce), Over the Rainbowl (brown basmati rice, lentil falafel, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, pickled beets, jalapeño tahini) and a Mushreuben (roasted maitake mushrooms, sauerkraut, peppadew peppers, Swiss cheese, special sauce, toasted caraway rye bread).
For dessert, there’s west~bourne-exclusive pies from Brooklyn favorite Four & Twenty Blackbirds (apple pan and Cali citrus), chocolate cashew pudding (dark chocolate, cashew, dates, cacao corn nut crumble), avocado vanilla panna cotta and daily pastries. Full menu here.
The drinks: Offerings range from artisanal teas and coffee drinks, to juice and “west~bucha,” and local beer and wine from California vineyards.
The space: A California aesthetic and focus on sustainability converge in the intimate space designed by LA-based firm Studio Mai. It features reclaimed wood, custom-designed fixtures and an open kitchen accented with handcrafted tiles.
The details: 137 Sullivan St. Open daily 8 AM–10 PM.