UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A new cafe and market in Yorkville hopes to be less than guilty pleasure for neighborhood residents, selling health-conscious food and beverages with an emphasis on local ingredients and upcycled products.
Isle of Us opened on Friday at the corner of Third Avenue and East 84th Street.
Founder Lisle Richards, whose previous businesses included The Village Den and The Wayfarer in Midtown, founded the store with the goal of “facilitating healthy living and empowering the community through food,” according to a press release.
To that end, Isle of Us offers an all-day menu divided into six categories: breakfast, sandwiches, salads, bowls, deli items, coffees and teas.
Dishes include a large green salad with fresh greens, radishes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, and tahini verde dressing; a fall harvest bowl with wild rice, farro, roasted acorn squash, oyster mushrooms and feta cheese; and a Kimchi Grilled Cheese with fontina and cheddar, sesame and multigrain bread.
The chef, Matt Aita, is a veteran of Jean-Georges and the vegetarian restaurant Little Beet Table on Park Avenue. Along with fresh foods, the shop also offers a rotating selection of pantry items and homewares.
Hoping to minimize its environmental impact, Isle of Us sources hyper-local ingredients when possible, recycles and composts its products, avoids food waste and has reduced the use of plastic, according to the company .
Its interior, described by The New York Times as “sparsely decorated,” features upholstered banquettes, bronze countertops, and “sharp geometric patterns,” according to the company.
Isle Of Us is connected to Sage + Sound, a neighboring wellness studio. The boutique will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.