Start With A Coffee Buzz, End With Filipino-American Fare on the LES
Pre-dinner coffees are the new pre-dinner drinks. Get your nighttime pick-me-up with a cup of coffee from Caffe Vita, dubbed as “the best coffee in America.” Originating in Seattle circa 1995, and expanding over to the east coast ever since, this coffee shop on the Lower East Side imports ingredients directly from their on-site roastery in Brooklyn. The coffee’s so good, you’ll want to take it home—and the good news is you can. Buy a bag or two and you’ll be sippin’ on these Seattle blends in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Settle your coffee buzz but keep your tastebuds flowing down the street at Tsismis. Pronounced Chis-mis, this restaurant serves Filipino-American cuisine in a tasteful ambiance featuring original artwork from wall to wall. Imagine a playful yet casual dining experience with plates like fried pork dumplings, angel hair pasta with crab fat sauce, a signature burger and wings covered in a hot mango salsa. If you’re feeling thirsty, try out the pickle pepper punch or the boracay beach cocktail. Matching the tropical vibe of the room, the dessert menu offers fruity halo halo: fresh fruits with coconut sorbet & coconut juice, as well as a tropical sundae. Overall, this restaurant feels like paradise for 2.
124 Ludlow Street
143 Orchard Street, Manhattan