The exposed brick walls and mint-green collection of eclectic furniture at Epistrophy knows me well. Epistrophy has been a weekly pit-stop of mine ever since the first time my roommate and I ran in for a quick drink. Their craft cocktails, extensive wine list, and farm-to-table organic plates make for the perfect treat yo’self happy hour. Their menu is perfect for everything from cuffing-season date nights to girls nights out, and on Sundays their $10 pasta special can’t be beat.
Founded in 2005, epistrophy is a Sardinian-inspired restaurant that satisfies any breakfast, brunch, dinner, and (of course) dessert cravings. Come in, take a seat on the mint-green velvet couches, and sip a perfectly-balanced cappuccino while reading that new novel you bought two months ago and never actually opened. Or pull up a stool at the bar with some friends, order a drink that’s so beautiful you almost hesitate to disturb it, and then instantly realize that this is the best negroni you’ve ever tasted.
Located at 200 Mott Street, across the street from the Fiat Cafe, Epistrophy is centrally located between any train you need to catch and all the best shops. The exterior of the building is the color of oxidized iron with large windows perfect for dreamy glances onto the cobblestones in SOHO.
During the day, the restaurant is flooded with natural light which allows patrons to admire the vases of fresh flowers and collection of art books that line the back wall. After the sun sets, the dimly-lit tables are perfectly intimate, cozy, and warm. The yellow string lights that hang from their valance are a welcoming beacon at the end of a long day.
The $10 pasta special on Sunday nights is the perfect time to visit if you haven’t already. The off-the-menu handmade pasta is fresh, filling, and even offers vegetarian options for all the plant-based pals out there. The menu changes week-to-week to ensure the freshest ingredients or seasonal ingredients, which aligns with the importance of the quality of food that epistrophy exhibits. The pesto is my personal favorite. The pasta is cooked perfectly and aims to represent a traditional Italian Sunday dinner. It accomplishes this by serving dishes that are simplistic (in the best way) and comforting.