After a five-year run as the executive chef at One If By Land, Two if by Sea, chef Gary Volkov is gearing up to launch his own eatery, Prince Street Cafe. Veering off from the upscale dining scene, Volkov and partner, Konstyantyn Prokoshyn (Cafe Boulud), open the doors to this casual eatery Tuesday, September 4th.
The airy, 60-seat space will host a front of the house, all-day cafe, furbished with two-toned green booths that line exposed brick walls. Here, he’ll be serving fresh-baked chocolate croissants, citrus french toast and an array of fritattas. Through September 11th, the special house blend coffee stands at a mere 26 cents. Ah, the good old days when coins could actually buy something other than a gumball.
Gary will also be integrating the haute concept of an amuse bouche into this laid back spot – even 26 cent coffee will be served with a gratis chocolate.
In the back dining room, you’ll find a sunny, skylit setting, glossed in chocolate and apricot accents. On the menu: traditional sandwiches, paninis, and burgers with handcut fried and homemade pickles.
Volkov sneaks his skilled technique into even the most relaxed dining affairs. Grilled falafel burgers are punched up with coffee tahini dressing, a wrap reveals miso-glazed salmon and homemade gnocchi comes smothered in pignoli nut pesto.
For dessert, Volkov lured pastry chef Andrea Jarosh away from One if By Land. So expect some serious talent by way of homemade cakes and pies as well as a riot of cupcakes, ice cream and sorbet. Best of all, you can design your own cake or pie with advance notice. I’m toying with a chocolate, peanut butter and banana cake concept right now…
Address: 26 Prince St., nr. Elizabeth St.
Opens: Tuesday, September 4th
Until we eat again,
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