Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NYC EATS: Miss Paradis

I love finding new places to eat in the city- NYC is full of trendy brunch restaurants all serving artfully plated avocado toast and colorful acai bowls, but after awhile they all start to blend together. Still great places to go eat, but you definitely start looking for something that sets a place apart from all the other cute little spots. At Miss Paradis in SoHo, it's definitely the atmosphere and the rose themed drink menu. It's also vegetarian!

The walls at Miss Paradis are lined with shelves of giant bottles of rose- the restaurant is famous for it's rose-infused cocktails and rose infused with creative flavor combinations like black berry and lavender,  peach and cinnamon. Happy Hour is from 4-7 during the week and definitely worth checking out. They even serve rose in special glass barrels- very chic.

Since there was only two of us, we didn't try the rose barrel. I ordered the "Ménage a Trois" cocktail-strawberry purée, lime sake and rose, and Maria got the Summertime juice, a chillingly delicious combination of watermelon, strawberries, and mint. Both were yummy- I really liked that my drink was the perfect amount of alcohol, you could tell it was strong but it never tasted gross (I'm super sensitive to the taste of alcohol, go figure). 

The food was also delicious- I actually didn't realize that Miss Paradis is actually a vegetarian restaurant. The menu offers a lot of vegan and gluten free options as well, if you're looking for that. This is definitely a great place to come with vegetarian or vegan friends! Maria and I split an acai bowl (gluten free) (we're so #healthy) and it was SO good. Perfectly sweet without being heavy or syrupy, and the coconut flakes added another tasty layer of flavor. 

Maria got the avocado toast- it looked pretty good, although it had cilantro which she wasn't a fan of (I'd probably be okay because I love cilantro). 

I ordered "Adir's Shakshuka"- two baked eggs in tomato sauce and chickpeas, served with a small salad and pita bread. It was only my second time having shakshuka and now I'm very much looking forward to a third time. The sauce was satisfyingly hearty (I had a great time dipping the pita bread into the sauce) and I'm still not over how perfectly baked the eggs were- the yolks were perfectly poached, not runny, not cooked. Just perfect. 

And of course, no lunch is complete without dessert! I wasn't the biggest fan of the "Panna Cotta de Provence" (lychee-lavender coconut milk panna cotta), it was basically like a coconut flavored jello. I do appreciate how pretty it is though! I'm excited to go back and try one of their other desserts though, because Maria got the "Unforgettable" option from the homemade profiteroles menu (vanilla cream, hot chocolate sauce) and it was incredible. So much chocolate. 

Look at this delicious, aesthetically constructed chocolate profiterole mountain. 

Overall I really enjoyed the food and vibes at Miss Paradis- it's a really lovely spot to grab food with friends after walking around SoHo. If you go, make sure to check out their bathrooms downstairs. I wish I'd brought my camera down there with me because it was just so funny. The decor is like classic French meets an obscure underground art scene- the stall doors featured Renaissance style paintings of naked figures rocking black sunglasses. It's something with seeing. I'll definitely be back again, especially to try their famous rose!

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