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April Bloomfield's Favorite Street

Mark Parren Taylor

Photo by Mark Parren Taylor

April Bloomfield runs some of the most exciting restaurants in NYC, including The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, but she traces her culinary beginnings back to London. One of her first jobs in the industry was at The River Café there, where she learned to make the kinds of vegetable dishes that star in her new cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens. When Bloomfield returns to Great Britain, settling into a good pub is always on her to-do list. So is tracking down homegrown ingredients that she can’t find in Manhattan—namely elderflower and gulls eggs. Though she has no active plans to open a spot across the pond, Bloomfield says she would love to one day. “The London restaurant scene is booming,” she says. “I just have to be happy watching it happen from afar.”

Bar Italia
“When I get to Soho, I always like to grab a cappuccino here and sit outside. They serve great coffee, and it’s a perfect place to people- watch. It’s open late, so don’t be afraid of missing out.”

Barrafina
“Executive chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho serves up delicious tapas. Rock up early for a seat at the bar. I love to grab a glass of cava or rosé and, oftentimes, a beer chaser as well (ha!).”

The Dog and Duck
“This quaint pub is a lovely place to grab a quick pint and hang out with friends. It has tons of character and plenty of cask beers to choose from.”

Ronnie Scott’s
“If you love live music, you will love Ronnie Scott’s. It’s iconic for live jazz. I love that you’re so close to the artists in this intimate venue.”

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