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Colman Andrews is Charmed by Ze Cafe

New York City is home to a lot of restaurants, more than any rational human being can ever hope to visit. Among that number are hidden gems the majority of New Yorkers just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.


Colman Andrews, a co-founder of Saveur and the Editorial Director of loves to go to Ze Caf&eacute with his wife. Here's why.

“I was completely blindsided by Ze Café on East 52nd. My wife wanted to go, but I'd never heard of it — and the fact that it was owned by a couple of florists with a shop around the corner made it sound entirely too twee for me. She prevailed, of course, and I was glad she did. It was just a delight — a small, handsome room with café chairs, brick walls, and of course plenty of flowers; some good cocktails and inexpensive wines; and well-cooked food that was modern-American but not particularly trendy. The Meyer Farm (Montana) ribeye with smashed potatoes is pretty much the antithesis of twee. I plan to keep this place as my little secret. Oh, wait?”

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· Ze Cafe [Official Site]

Ze Cafe

398 East 52nd St., New York, NY