Ze Café is an unassuming restaurant in New York City, and if you didn’t know it was there, you would literally walk right by it.
They have no sign.
For a restaurant that has no sign, it was extremely packed the evening I visited. They say it is packed every night. I was having dinner with Amy and her sister Lisa, both of whom I adore. They selected the dining spot, and when I visited the website I knew I would not be disappointed.
Ze Café has a rustic aesthetic with a modern feel. To me it felt like an indoor garden where we all happened to sit and relax. Our server gave us ample time to make our selections, and the chef was great at accommodating our requests.
Oh, the food!
The meal was incredible and carefully prepared. Ze Café has its own garden and farm in upstate NY, and my meal was so fresh you would assume it was picked from the garden that morning.
We were all twins and started with a simple salad. It came with edible flowers that made the dish a part of the garden. I only ate one little piece of the flower, and it had incredible flavor. It is really hard to explain what an edible flower tastes like- you must go there to see for yourself.
For dinner we all went with the half portions of gnocchi. The gnocchi was served with lump crab meat, corn, and tomatoes. It was summer heaven in a bowl, and the gnocchi (pronounced NYOH-key, by the way) were little pillows so soft and delicate I wanted to sleep in them. They soaked up all of the summery flavors of the dish, and I savored every doughy bite.
We couldn’t stop there.
I really had no room for dessert, but I really wanted to try one of their famous pies. After a bit of discussion- we are all passionate foodies, after all- we went with the peach pie a la mode.
I imagine it tasted like what hot summer days in the South feel like.
The pie was everything you could want in a peach pie… and then one step further. It was as classic as classic can be, which, in my opinion, is the only way a pie should be.
I almost didn’t want to share my experience with you, for fear that I won’t be able to get in next time I visit New York. Especially since it was so busy in the middle of the week. I just loved it too much not to share. I love these girls too.
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East 52 Street, just off First Ave
New York, New York