Aimee Olexy, decorated doyenne of elegant farm-to-table dining, has done it again. Talula’s Daily, her market/cafe by day and Secret Supper Club by night, has taken Washington Square and its surroundings by storm.
The market is an inviting, well-lit cafe just steps from Olexy’s temple of taste, Talula’s Garden. It offers guests grab-and-go coffee and pastry selections near the entrance. Stepping further into the space reveals a bustling eat-in/take-out gourmet shop with an open kitchen in the rear.
Diners can select prepared salads, sandwiches and treats from a refrigerated case, or can order from the counter. This being an Aimee Olexy project, Talula’s Daily boasts an impressive cheese menu. In addition, there are daily sandwich specials, frittatas, salads, pastas, roast chicken, macaroni and cheese…I could go on. The point is that there is something for everyone.
I’ve visited with foodie friends who opt for the stinkiest cheese board and anything laden with truffles and I’ve also taken my picky and unadventurous son, who was delighted with the macaroni and cheese and grilled chicken breast.
We’ve also had the pleasure of the sampling the Secret Supper Club. Talula’s Daily shuts down in the evening and reopens as an intimate semi-private restaurant. The menu is pre-set for the month–it’s a $50 prix fixe for 5 courses, which include an appetizer, salad, main course, cheese course, and dessert. Wine and beer are extra; the Secret Supper Club has a well chosen list. Reservations are essential; we visited twice during the autumn with large groups, which was great fun, but there were couples and small parties on hand as well.
We particularly enjoyed, from the October menu, the grilled lamb meatball and haloumi cheese kebabs, the autumn salad of brussels sprouts, pears, and locally grown mushrooms, and the maple pudding with ginger snaps. Standouts on the November menu included Goose Charcuterie and Skate wing en papillote.
Slight adjustments to the monthly menu can be made in the case of allergy or strong aversion, and there is a vegetarian menu available with advance notice, but generally this is a place for omnivores.