UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A new Yorkville cafe and marketplace hopes to be a less-than-guilty pleasure for those in the neighborhood, selling health-conscious food and drinks with a focus on local ingredients and recycled products.
Isle of Us opened Friday on the corner of Third Avenue and East 84th Street.
Founder Lisle Richards, whose previous ventures included The Village Den and The Wayfarer in Midtown, founded the shop aiming to “make healthful living easy and empower the community through food,” according to a news release.
To that end, Isle of Us features an all-day menu split into six categories: breakfast, sandwiches, salads, bowls, deli items, and coffees and teas.
Dishes include a Big Green Salad with fresh greens, radishes, cucumbers, fresh herbs and a tahini verde dressing; a Fall Harvest Bowl with wild rice, farro, roasted acorn squash, oyster mushrooms and feta cheese; and a Kimchi Grilled Cheese with fontina and cheddar, sesame, and multigrain bread.
The chef, Matt Aita, is a veteran of Jean-Georges and the Park Avenue vegetarian restaurant Little Beet Table. Besides fresh food, the shop also features a rotating selection of pantry items and home goods.
Hoping to minimize its environmental impact, Isle of Us sources its ingredients hyper-locally when possible, recycles and composts its products, avoids wasting food and has cut down on the use of plastic, according to the business.
Its interior, described by the New York Times as “sparsely decorated,” includes upholstered banquettes, bronze countertops and “sharp geometric motifs,” according to the business.
Isle Of Us is connected to Sage + Sound, a next-door wellness studio. The shop will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.
Learn more on Isle Of Us’s website or Instagram.
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