Even when I lived in the Upper East, I never really went above 88th Street. True, most restaurants and bars are in the 70s and 80s, but a few good things have opened in the 90s that are worth checking out, especially if you want to head further uptown afterwards to check out Harlem or go on a Target run. With Lindsay now living at 95th Street, I can really make an afternoon out of it. I hang out with one of my closest friends, check out a new restaurant, and grab really cheap Vitamin Water Zeros from Target.
ABV has a great downtown vibe all the way up on 97th and Lex. There’s exposed brick, an open kitchen, and light fixtures filled with filament bulbs. The focus is on wine, but they have a great beer selection and food to match. They also have my fave Stumptown coffee and since I arrived about 25 minutes early, I was able to enjoy two cups and some solitude while the light streamed through the large front windows. Very important to note: they gave free refills…on Stumptown. That never happens!
Lindsay and I both ordered dishes that centered around poached eggs. Hers was like a benedict on thick cut country bread with peekytoe crab instead of Canadian bacon. Mine was like a hash with brussels sprouts, chanterlle mushrooms, and parmesan. We both found our eggs to be slightly overcooked, but I thought my dish, in particular, still worked. The mushrooms and sprouts had a ton of flavor and I loved finding a dish that perfectly straddled the breakfast/lunch line.