Kingswood is pretty much a young person’s playground, but the food is great. On a recent night there I had an appetizer and wine in the front cafe, watching the West Village traffic stroll on by as I munched on my first soft shell crab of the season (lightly fried up with pineapple, arugula and a citrusy sauce). Then I moved into the restaurant (which is separated from the cafe side by a huge bar that teems with those young people I mentioned) and had a ball, sharing champagne, oysters, a juicy Bronte burger (sweet chili sauce is their calling card) with my friend Iris and a crew of, well, young people. Perhaps due to the champagne, I only have pictures the first part of the night.
Awesome spot for drinks, consistently good food and a great vibe (plus lots of good-looking Australians, due in part to the fact that Kingswood is owned by Australians).
Kingswood: 121 W. 10th St in the W. Village; 212-645-0018.
Note: The Kingswood people started with Ruby’s, a walk-in closet of a cafe in Nolita serving up delicious salads and panini’s and burgers. Also, their oatmeal is incredible. I have to recommend it for a casual lunch or brunch if you’re in that hood.
Ruby’s: 219 Mulberry St between Spring and Prince Sts. Visit rubyscafe.us