We love a  community-focused café creating nutritious, simple and delicious food. Two Hands delivers just that.  In 2014 the first Two Hands opened its doors in Nolita, founded by Aussie expats Giles Russell and Henry Roberts. They took their inspiration from their own relaxing, beachside days and created a chilled café in the hectic Big Apple – a match made in heaven!

The location

Two Hands now has two locations, one is based in Nolita and the other, which we visited, is in Tribeca on Church St. The Tribeca branch is the larger of the two.  It is also close to other healthy hotspots Gotan and Sun in Bloom.

The space

In the Summer you can sit outside on the terrace although be warned that Church St is quite busy. In the Winter the terrace is surrounded by glass doors.

The restaurant vibe is warm wood, stripped brick and blue tones – echoed in their crockery, the floor and the artwork of swimming pools.

The walls are lined with pale wood benches facing matching wooden chairs and tables.

The service is very quick.  Our food came within 15 minutes when the restaurant was full. They are also happy to move the tables together for tables for bigger groups. However, it’s worth noting that the noise level is high and I couldn’t really hear my friend, plus we sat at the back which is a bit dark. You can take your laptop out, but I would avoid this during peak periods.

The crowd

The restaurant is well known as one of the best brunch spots in New York City, so it’s normally packed with tourists and locals. It can get very busy at the weekend, think about a 30-40 minute queue, so I  recommend going during the week when it is less crowded. Or you can do takeaway or order a delivery on Caviar to avoid waiting in line.

The fresh juice test

Two Hands only offers fresh orange juice and a green juice with their coffee and lattes taking centre stage.

We couldn’t resist the hot chai latte with almond milk, which was a perfect blend of herbs.

Although the almond milk wasn’t very foamy, it really did taste like they had home blended their chai spices.

What we ate

At Two Hands they serve Aussie inspired food and offer gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, meat and fish options. Their build your own breakfast and the banana bread with coffee mascarpone are their signature dishes.

We chose the famous banana bread, an açai bowl and the smashed avocado toast with a side of sweet potato chunks.

The banana bread is the most gooey airy banana bread you will ever have!

It comes with espresso mascarpone, which is dairy, so we had it topped with honey and some toasted buckwheat instead. This created an extra crunchy structure and the bread is gluten free!

The açai bowl is a blend of banana, blueberries, raspberries and açai and is topped with granola, coconut, bee pollen, toasted pepitas and seasonal fruit. The açai bowl wasn’t frozen, but more of a liquid texture, but the toppings were very generous. The granola was very crunchy, we loved it!

The avocado toast was a thick slice of toasted sourdough , which had a perfect crunch. On top was a massive amount of smashed avocado, pickled shallots, pepitas, sesame seeds and pickled chilli.

The toppings were delicious and made it a little more special than just a normal avo on toast with the chilli and pickled shallots adding a sour and spicy hint to the dish.

On the side, we had a portion of sweet potato chunks.  They were just roasted and touched with a little bit of salt, that’s it. Simplicity is key right?

The little things that make the difference

The portion size. I find many “must visit” cafés often have small portions, but Two Hands are really generous portion-wise! Plus. the toilet lighting. On entering the toilet everything glows pink, which made me smile. It’s all lit by a pink neon “Ladies” sign. Cool!

The bill

Chai latte  5.00$
+almond milk 0.50$
Banana bread 8.00$
Açai Bowl 13.00$
Smashed Avocado 13.00$
Sweet Potato 4.00$

 

 

Two Hands

251 Church St
New York
NY 10013

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