Can’t Beet This Breakfast

Can’t Beet This Breakfast

The interior of Latin Beet

When I walked into Latin Beet for a pre-work breakfast on this spectacularly sunny Wednesday morning, Pharrell Williams’ pop hit “Happy” was playing, and I couldn't help but grin: A most fitting tune for this oh-so-friendly, snug little spot. A restaurant-in-front-of-a-restaurant (the Zagat-rated Raymi Peruvian Kitchen is in the back) Latin Beet defines the word happy:  A colorful mural, fresh fruit for decoration, and a rainbow of tiled stripes on the wall and floor simply made this one of the cheeriest eateries I've ever been to in Manhattan. Open for breakfast and lunch, Latin Beet offers Latin-influenced arepas, toast combinations, customized lunch bowls and more. Bowls can be flavored with a variety of “base” styles, from robust (broccoli, sweet potato, chicken, etc.) to citrusy (housemade carrot slaw, crispy quinoa, creamy avocado). My choice this morning, however, was an avocado arepas, a delicate, savory housemade white corn cake topped with an egg, avocado, radish, super-thin asparagus and a spectacular, very-slightly-spicy Aji Verde sauce. Super fresh and flavorful, the taste flooded me with memories of a trip I took to Oaxaca with my mother many years ago: it was that authentic. The dish was paired with a cold-brew coffee (steeped 16 hours for extraordinary flavor).

The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable and—well, happy! This place has definitely got a beat you can dance to. I would check it out if I were you.

» Latin Beet Kitchen, 43 W. 24th St., 212.929.1200

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