The Gr-Eat Outdoors
by Julie Besonen, 06/05/2013
Photo: Paul Shaked
25 Cleveland Place, 212-274-0900, NoLIta, Manhattan
It's surprising to find such a sprawling patch of land in downtown Manhattan, almost enough real estate to put up another building. The Cleveland's brick-lined backyard, bordered by raised planting beds and vines creeping up trellises, provides privacy and peace. Its blue and white patio chairs suggest the Mediterranean Sea; suitably, Greek and Middle Eastern accents embroider the New American menu. At breakfast are eggs with chopped salad, labne and feta, and at lunch there's a healthy mix of sandwiches and seafood. Dinner includes roast chicken with black quinoa and seven-hour braised lamb shank with couscous. Fans of biodynamic and organic wines will be glad to find a compelling collection chosen by savvy, young owners Paul Shaked and Hudson Solomon.