Since the two-year-old Two Hands coffee shop is such a smash hit, Aussie expats Giles Russell and Henry Roberts could've easily expanded by creating a carbon copy. Instead, they chose to challenge themselves by opening a full-service, all-day restaurant in Tribeca. Two Hands Restaurant & Bar retains the general vibe of the original — it's light, bright, and filled with plants and beautiful, friendly Australians — but it certainly feels more grown-up.
Yes, chef Frankie Cox's menu includes smashed-avocado toast, but she's also making pickled-chili scrambled eggs, a hearty beef burger, and cauliflower couscous — food that's bright, simple, and crave-worthy. Right now, the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only, with dinner service scheduled to begin on April 4. Head bartender Aaron Shuttleworth, formerly of the NoMad, is making daiquiris, espresso martinis, and, naturally, mimosas and Bloody Marys for brunch. Take a look:
Two Hands Restaurant & Bar, 251 Church St.