I stumbled upon Cookshop when searching on Yelp for a brunch spot in Chelsea, as I do with most restaurants. Along 10th Avenue, there are not many great lunch spots to choose from so Cookshop stands out for sure. The large, open space features are very farm-to-table focused atmosphere. “At the heart and soul of this restaurant lies the owners’ commitment to bringing an honest, seasonal dining option to New York City.” And that is exactly what they produce, simply but not boring by any means.
Contrary to many reviews stating the crazed brunch scene, we luckily went in on a Friday and got a table right away. We ordered two bloody marys ($12) to start and luckily didn’t ask for them extra spicy, which we sometimes do, because they were insanely hot! I actually don’t think I finished mine, so definitely keep that in mind if you can’t handle extra spice.
We started the meal with the deviled egg tasting ($6) which comes with different toppings each day. They did not identify our selection, so we were left to guess: I know we had one bacon and one anchovy, the others I believe were topped with ranch and an herb, pesto-like sauce. The pesto one was my favorite even though I had no idea what I was eating! For mains I ordered fish tacos ($16) served with crispy fish, jalapeño-cabbage slaw, ranchero sauce, lime crema and cotija cheese in a corn tortilla. Although the dish was super messy, I loved every bite. The spice was (again) very extreme but it made the meal so great. My boyfriend ordered the falafel sandwich ($16) with cabbage, cilantro, mint, spicy green charmoula, harissa, yogurt in housemade naan, which he loved and devoured immediately.
The other dish I was intrigued by and saw many of our adjacent tables ordering was the Cookshop lunch bowl ($16). The bowl is served with kale, spinach, farro wheatberries, sesame seeds, hazelnut, feta, walnut oil, nigella seeds, falafel and a sunny side egg. The servings are a very decent size and leave you feeling full but not gross. Except my mouth was on fire when we were finished for sure!
156 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011