I spy…

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Melbournian Girl Abroad | 2 comments

I spy…

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So after fifteen hours of travel, broken with four hours of sleep, I was finally in New York. Home to one of my most favoritest people in the world, shopping, life everywhere, shopping and my second most favorite place on earth. I felt great.

Upon dumping my bags (I brought barely anything with me) Berry and I headed into the East Village to grab some lunch (or whatever meal it was given my body clock). Despite living in NY for a few years I was always a West Village girl so I was happy to take Berrys direction – and boy was I glad!


We headed to a cosy, gorgeous Fitzroy feeling cafe called Northern Spy Food Co. The idea behind this gem is offering local seasonal food in a farm to table style – whats not to love? The place was packed with charm and we were lucky enough in the perfect heatwave to score a seat near the open windows. Despite being late for the lunchtime rush the cafe was still packed with people and I was glad we got a seat.


Our friendly (and dare I say handsome?) waiter brought us menus with a neat selection of dishes and as is often the case we ordered the same thing. Why do we do this? I attribute it all to food envy. Nothing worse than feeling you chose the wrong dish and wishing you had the plate opposite you instead. So what was our dish of choice?A Kale salad with two baked eggs. We also grabbed cocktails, it is New York after all.


My Concord Grape Mimosa was the perfect blend of sparkle, champagne and grapey goodness. Berry also spoke highly of her Northern Shandy that looked very refreshing.


We also ordered the buttermilk biscuits (similar to our scones) as Berry had eyed them off on a previous visit. Well worth the addition to our menu!


When our meals arrived I was chuffed with our choice. The Kale was a perfect foil to the eggs and would have been delicious even on it’s own. The eggs were well baked without tasting oily and did wonders to the crunchy kale underneath. This is one of those dishes I really wish I could work out how to make my self – or just be able to transport Norther Spy to Melbourne…

The interior is cosy, relaxed and inviting and with brunch being served until 3pm this is a great choice for a mid day reviver!

PS – don’t you love that in the top pic a guy has a cowboy hat on. I tell you there in no place like New York!

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  1. So jealous – New York is my favourite city in the world! Have a wonderful time!

  2. Hey Melbourne Girl

    Great Blog Post and the photos are lovely. I might have to keep this on the must do list for one of the times I head back to New York for a visit. NYC was one of the few places in the world that I could up sticks and live out my life with no concerns at all. So you can imagine how jelous I am of you having lived there before – Noticed any big differences? I am sure I will bump into you sometime in the Melbourne food scene.

    I am going to keep an eye on your blog from now on for any other interesting articles.

    Twitter: twitter.com/shark4chipdrink

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