I like to say I have a love-hate relationship with New York City. I can go on and on about the hates, which include but are not limited to: dirty streets, rats, angry cabbies, a lack of greenery and overpriced everything. But for all those, I also have a bunch of loves, one of which is its seemingly endless array of cafes. And fortunately for me, a big city like New York affords plenty of options and even some hidden gems, like a cafe I stumbled across last weekend.
Oscar is situated on a calm, secluded section of MacDougal Street a.k.a. the part not overrun with dive bars and NYU kids. No, this French-style cafe is positively peaceful — and has some great deals, like this steal:
The deal is amazing; four types of bruschetta (two slices per flavor) for $12. For our lazy Sunday evening, we went with tomato, basil, and garlic; blue cheese, apples, walnuts and honey; roasted pepper and pesto; and the most delicious of the bunch, arugula, parmesan cheese and truffle oil.
And since the incoming rain was bringing with it a chilly breeze, I also ordered a latte, which seemed to slow down everything, making people watching all the more fun. (Fun fact: Gabriel Byrne was dining solo with his newspaper outside.)
50 MacDougal St. (at King St.)
A, C, E to Spring St.