Bright, airy, casual eateries aren’t exactly the first thing that pop to mind at the luxe Design District, but thanks to newcomer OTL you just might. The fast casual restaurant by mega-club mogul David Grutman, the team behind NYC’s The Smile and the Design District’s developer Craig Robins, serves up an assortment of healthy, cafe-style fare in a bright and airy setting.
The menu features a variety of dishes that would work for both breakfast and lunch, so naturally we tried a few of each. We started with a slice of its Spanish Tortilla, topped with paprika aioli and charred peppers, which can be turned into a sandwich if you so desire, along with the OTL Seed Butter Toast that is brioche bread topped with macadamia nut butter and blueberries and cut into four perfect portions.
Then it was time for lunchtime appropriate items. Any cafe must have the prerequisite Kale Salad on its menu, and OTL is no different, serving up a tangy one that is reminiscent of a Cesar salad topped with a cashew vinaigrette and radishes. A heartier salad option is the Market Grain Bowl filled with veggies, avocado, ancient grains and topped with a lemon-mustard vinaigrette. But if you want a proper sandwich for lunch, plenty of options are available (served on Zak the Baker bread, of course) like the classic Ham and Cheese. An assortment of desserts, coffees and teas are also on hand if you’re just looking for a quick shopping pit stop.
Get a taste for yourself for either breakfast or lunch, but in the meantime check out the tasty pictures below.