Neighborhood: West Village and Chelsea (and a few others, but those are the only two I’ve been to!)
Address: Check out their website for all their locations
Subways that will get you there: ACE/BDFM to West 4th or the 1 to Houston for the West Village location
Fare: Breakfast, sandwiches, delicious desserts
Favorite dish: Peanut butter and jelly on challah bread, jalapeño popper tacos
Cons: For sandwiches, it can be a bit on the pricey side. Not outrageous for NYC, but it’s not cheap either
Why It’s A Favorite: A lot of my love for Grey Dog is sentimental. When I started my job, my coworker who would soon be one of my closest work friends took me to lunch at Grey Dog’s original location on Carmine St. A few weeks later, that location closed, much to the dismay of everyone who worked in the general area. Fortunately, they opened up in a larger place down the street a few years later and everyone was happy again. The first week or so it was open, we might have been making daily trips.
Everything at Grey Dog tastes fresh and homemade and delicious. I know it’s crazy, but one of my favorite things to get there is a peanut butter and jelly for breakfast. You can pick your bread and I always get it on the challah, which is soft and perfect with the peanut butter and jelly. The jelly is homemade and not too sweet, just the perfect amount of tartness. And, of course, I always get the crunchy peanut butter. Once I had that peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I never ordered anything else from Grey Dog. And yes, it does feel kind of silly to go to a restaurant and get a PB&J, but it’s a fancy PB&J and worth it.
I have friends who swear by the chicken salad sandwich (with melted cheese and bacon, of course) and it was always nice to stop in Grey Dog on warm spring days for an Arnold Palmer and a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie. It’s a fun place for brunch because they have a lot of different choices and everyone’s going to go home happy. With a warm, casual atmosphere and good coffee and happy hour specials, you really can’t go wrong at Grey Dog.