PLAN DATE: TUES / MAR. 26
If you’ve ever visited Northern Europe, you’ll remember how, even in the winter, the sun has a way of piercing through and brightening up the darkest of days. At Smør, there is a similar brightness, achieved with painted white brick walls, light wood details, and bright white benches covered in red and yellow pillows. What makes it even lighter is how simple the menu is; your choices consist mostly of open-faced rye bread sandwiches with Scandinavian-inspired spreads ranging from pickled herring to chicken salad. For vegetarians, there are several toasts to choose from, including an avocado toast with pistachio dukkah. Whatever meal you stop here for, the food will feel as clean against your palette as the space—and the flavors equally as bright.
Go a little darker and deeper into Gomi, a Korean wine bar serving Korean food with a Brazilian twist. Serving wines from all over the world, this neighborhood gem is as cozy as your own home. From warm lighting to welcoming service, Gomi has everything you need to kick back and relax after work. One detail we love is the owner— Rafael’s—own warmth and charm, and the love he has for his dog, Gomi, who he named the place for.
Homey, Simple, Fusion
441 East 12th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Open-faced sandwiches are a great way to start your week, but unfortunately Smør is closed on Mondays.
Gomi Korean Wine Bar
186 Avenue A, Manhattan
idk tip: Only open after 5pm on Monday-Thursday, so even if you get off work early, you have to wait to imbibe. Check the website for schedule changes or closings before you go.