Summer in New York is the absolute best (if you disregard the humidity). There’s always new things going on, new places to eat, an events going on all of the time. In the spirit of summer, my roommate and I decided to try something new a few weeks ago and went for yoga at the Mr. Purple rooftop, the rooftop bar at the Indigo Hotel, and headed to brunch at Buvette in Greenwich Village afterwards.
The Indigo Hotel is in a pretty inconspicuous spot on Ludlow Street – I would have walked right past it if I wasn’t looking for it. The hotel was pretty dead at such an early hour, and we made our way straight to the roof to get settled in before class.The most startling part of the Mr. Purple rooftop is the stunning views. I was so pleasantly surprised – I didn’t think that a spot only on the 15th floor would have such stellar viewpoints of all of Manhattan but boy, was I wrong. You can see the Empire State Building, One World Trade, and many other Manhattan landmarks from the roof. It was an amazing way to start the day.
The yoga class itself was great as well. It was a very relaxed and casual environment, perfect for beginner yogis like myself. But also perfect for advanced yogis – many of the people in the class were yoga instructors there for their daily practice. Plus, at $25 it’s cheaper than a lot of other New York options out there. Everything you needed was provided on the roof, including matts, towels and water (or bring your own yoga mat and towel, like some people). The instructor (I’m not sure of her name, but she was awesome!) was a good mix of hippie yogi and standard fitness instructor and was very hands-on in correcting my form, which I appreciated.
After our morning workout, we freshened up and headed out for Greenwich Village, which was a bit of a walk but enjoyable on a warm summer morning. Small highlight – on our way there, we saw Jonah Hill! Love NYC celebrity sitings. We got to Buvette around 10:30, and there was already at least a 30 minute wait for a table for two. This place is tiny and well known French brunch spot, which doesn’t make for a good combination if you’re in a rush. I’d suggest getting there as early as possible if you’re antsy, but otherwise sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.
The other parties of two had wandered off, so we were lucky enough to get a table not even 10 minutes after we arrived. We were seated in the back corner, which was the perfect spot for taking in the restaurant’s ambiance, which is definitely not lacking. A pressed tin ceiling, charming French decor, outdoor patio and a friendly waitstaff made the overall experience incredibly enjoyable.
Now on to the food. We started with some iced coffee and croissants – a must at a French bistro. The pastries were served with butter and fresh raspberry jam, which was amazing. I wanted 10 more of the tiny croissants.
For my the main dish, I went with the croque madame, which came at the recommendation of the waitress. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The delicious bread was slathered with butter and coated in cheese, topped with a perfectly fried egg and a piece of delicious, salty ham. It was so stunningly good that I never wanted it to end. It even looks so good that the people at the table next to us asked what we had ordered. These photos don’t nearly do it justice. If you go to Buvette, order this.
After eating, we wandered around Greenwich Village a bit and took in the famed charm of the neighborhood. We also discovered Grove Court, which is houses 6 townhouses that are some of the oldest in New York. One of the oldest buildings in the city is located down the block, at 17 Grove Street. NYC is full of little gems like that, and the only way to find them is to explore! That is definitely one of my favorite parts about adventuring around in a new ‘hood.