Restaurants & Bars


Ira Kaplan | Jul 17, 2001 01:38 PM

Went to the newly opened Bread (Spring Street, between Mott and Elizabeth) the other night, and I think it has potential. It's a small Italian sandwich and salad place. Think 'ino, only more ambitious and a little roomier. I had a butcher's platter of meats (prosciutto, sausage), cheeses (gouda, brie, pecorino romano), and bread (made at Balthazar), attractively served on a cutting board. I'm no great expert on this stuff, but it all seemed fresh and tasty, and at $13.50 was reasonably priced, considering a small plate of a single meat or cheese at, say, Blue Ribbon Bakery can set you back $8 or more. The menu comprises mostly salads and interesting meat-and-cheese sandwiches. The owner came by and said the menu was a work in progress and that he would be adding specials and such once he got settled. Although the space smacks of cool and my waitress was most definitely model-caliber, the owner seemed very interested in the quality of food, rather than in creating a Nolita restaurant at which to be seen. That's encouraging. That it's a half-block from Spring Street Bakery is, in my mind, a bonus.

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