Fairly sure that Fairfax is the all day cafe you've been looking for

Fairfax is a new all day cafe in the heart of the West Village. The place is cozy, unassuming and decorated with all the things you love to look at in West Elm. You have many options to sit at whether it's the communal tables, the leather quilted bar chairs, lounge chairs and those cushy leather sofas. Centering the restaurant is the sprawling bar where you can choose to day drink or order that espresso to get you through the day. And the food is just as good as the vibes. I appreciate that the menu is designed to make any restaurant goer happy- whether they are famished or if they're in the mood for something lighter. You can get anything savory, sweet or better yet both. Fairfax is the all day cafe I wish my neighborhood had. This place is ideal for catching up with friends, dining solo while doing some work, or an intimate meal with that person you can't stop thinking about. 

Fairfax lunch and dinner menu

Fairfax lunch and dinner menu

Foccia with olive oil

Foccia with olive oil

Chicken leg with za'atar stuffing

Chicken leg with za'atar stuffing

Cubano with roast pork, shaved ham, swiss cheese, pickles

Cubano with roast pork, shaved ham, swiss cheese, pickles

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I am a fan of everything here! My fiancé did say that his Cubano could use less horseradish; it was very strong and dominated the other flavors in the sandwich. 

A Taco Appreciation Post

Today I'm talking tacos on the blog. Every New Yorker has their own special taco spot which that the frequent whether it's their local deli, bodega, that mom and pop restaurant or the swanky vegan place downtown. However, I am cutting through the frills and getting straight to the heart of what all good tacos are made of: corn or flour tortillas, enough meat of your choosing, spicy toppings and a sauce that will kick your butt (even if just a little bit).

1. Los Tacos No.1 - The seasoning on the chicken and steak is flavorful and spicy. You may huff and puff a bit but you're eating a taco so it has to be part of the experience. I also loved the herb sauces on the tacos.

Chicken and steak tacos

Chicken and steak tacos

2. Tacombi- Tacombi delivers consistently good tacos. I especially frequent their SoHo location because I love the atmosphere there. My favorite on their menu is their fried fish tacos which are crispy but still moist. Tacombi also has a variety of sauces you can put on your tacos which I LOVE! 

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3. Otto's Tacos- Californian taco joints like Otto's Tacos know how to do simple really well. The tacos come on a corn tortilla with meat, cilantro and onions. Easy? Yes. Delicious? Absolutely. You also won't feel guilty eating these unless of course you go with their gorgon size which is double meat and guac (and very tempting). 

Chicken, steak and fried brussel sprouts taco

Chicken, steak and fried brussel sprouts taco

4. Dos Caminos- Getting tacos at Dos Caminos can be considered a splurge. The tacos are more expensive than your regular taco spot but the taco dishes are worth it. Dos Caminos also keeps it simple but I particularly enjoy their selection of toppings. For example the steak taco comes with cilantro, cotija cheese, tomatoes, onions and guacamole (not featured below). 

Carne asada tacos

Carne asada tacos

5. Oaxaca Taqueria- Oaxaca likes to take risks and I can appreciate that because they deliver on the flavors. If you're feeling bold and want to spice up your taco game then definitely give Oaxaca a chance and try their bulgogi or pollo mole tacos.

Pollo guisado and bulgogi tacos

Pollo guisado and bulgogi tacos

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to Sweetchick

New York has every food you can imagine which is one of the top reasons why I love living here. However, when it comes to southern cuisine it can be difficult to find the authentic comfort you are looking for. Sweetchick solves this problem. Everything on Sweetchick's menu is scrumptious but their claim to fame is their chicken and waffle. Forget the typical fried chicken and go on an adventure filled with General Tso's fried chicken with rice and broccoli waffle or fried chicken parmesan with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil waffle. If you want traditional flavors then go for the Sweetchick chicken and waffle or the spicy Nashville fried chicken which comes with milk jam waffle. Don't forget the appetizers either! The crawfish hush puppies and crab cake sliders are great if you're sharing with someone (or you can eat them by yourself because why not). Sweetchick offers their popular dishes for brunch too so if you've had a rough night then hopefully you'll find your way here for the most delicious cure. 

Pro tip: They have a great deal where you can mix lemonade with a liquor of your choice. Not only is the cocktail tasty but it pairs really well with all the fried food!

Crawfish hush puppies with remoulade sauce and jalapeño jam

Crawfish hush puppies with remoulade sauce and jalapeño jam

Sweet Chick chicken and spiced pecan waffle with Mike's hot honey sauce

Sweet Chick chicken and spiced pecan waffle with Mike's hot honey sauce

Favorites

I loved everything! You cannot go wrong with any of their dishes. 

If you're into seafood you need to go to Seabird

Seabird is the comfort seafood we were missing in NYC. Not only do they offer your traditional seafood comforts (like crab mac n cheese) but they have plenty of delicious raw seafood appetizers to choose from. Their famous salmon poke with avocado is truly delicious and their octopus fritters is the type of fried food I always crave. You can eat at Seabird either tapas style (order from the raw bar and appetizers) or go straight to the sandwiches menu which, has their famous fish burger and lobster roll served with fries. Either way you'll leave feeling satisfied and full. 

Salmon poke on avocado and seaweed

Salmon poke on avocado and seaweed

Conch ceviche with radishes and carrots

Conch ceviche with radishes and carrots

Octopus fritters with squid ink on slaw

Octopus fritters with squid ink on slaw

Favorites

1. Octopus fritters- These fritters were not fried for too long so they were nice and flaky. The octopus itself was delicious and of course paired with squid ink which, only makes me love it more!

2. Salmon poke- Seabird has really fresh fish so I highly recommend ordering from their raw bar. The salmon poke was so tasty and paired with creamy avocado and lemon juice. I usually don't like seaweed but it worked really well in this dish.