After being a fan of Ruby’s for years, it only made sense that I’d eventually have to visit their sister-restaurant, Kingswood in the West Village.
I kept hearing mixed reviews about the place — some rave about it, others seem to be hung up on it having a very see-and-be-seen crowd. I personally was most interested in the food. After going through menus online, I thought I might know what I want. But I think the very edited menu is also seasonal, so not much of what I was looking at before was even there.
I didn’t think I’d find myself at a pie shop late last night after the Yuna/Raphael Saadiq concert, but that’s just what happened. After a few sips of a chai latte didn’t fill me (or my friends) up, we headed over to Tuck Shop, a tiny spot on 1st Street. In case you miss their tagline (“The Great Aussie Bite”), they’ve placed random kangaroo paraphernalia to hint at their Down Under roots.
Tuck Shop menu
They make fresh pies daily using all natural ingredients. You can even see them rolling the dough out on a giant marble slap behind the register.
Rolling out the dough with a huge silver rolling pin
Like the place itself, the menu isn’t very large. We ordered the Thai Green Chook Curry pie (Kafir lime leaves, galangal, Coconut milk, thai basil and chilis).
Thai Green Chook Curry pie
Once you pierce the pie, out comes a thick gravy of all its savory ingredients. We shared a pie (it was way too late to go crazy and eat more), while listening to tunes from the 60s. For a small meal under $6, it’s a nice little place to stop by and fend off your hunger pangs.
Piping becoming part of a painting
68 E. 1st St.
Between 1st and 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Lower East Side
I felt like I kinda jipped you guys on the pictures from the last time I talked about Ruby’s and all its deliciousness. But I wasn’t kidding when I said I go there all the time, so here’s Take II:
Those who know me well, this is probably old news to you, but Australian-owned Ruby’s on Mulberry St. is my favorite hole-in-the-wall cafe in Nolita. [Interesting fact: The owner of Rubys, Nick Mathers, also opened the better-known Kingswood restaurant in the West Village].