Photos by Nicole Franzen
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).
Chocolate cashew pudding
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.
Sullivan chopped salad
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.