Follow Me Cafe
145 East 62nd Street (Lex/3rd), NYC

After working on the Upper East Side for the second year in a row, I’ve come to realize that lunch options are ridiculously over-priced and hardly appetizing. Sure, I’ve found a great local coffee shop by Hunter College that makes wonderful chai lattes and has incredible homemade soups, and the street meat surrounding the college always smells tantalizing, though I’ve yet to try any yet, and I definitely support my local fruit vendors…..but when it comes to a great sit-down, reasonable establishment that suits my style and decor and not one of an uppity east sider, it’s taken me a while. Luckily, I happened upon the “Follow Me Cafe” located on East 62nd off of Lexington. Now, it is not super-cheap…..nothing in this neighborhood really is, but the decor is awesome……very small, seats only 18 people, but it’s dark and comforting (you’ll be shocked by how deeply you sink into the cushions on the chairs!). The best part of this place is the food. They serve fresh sandwiches and salads and wonderful crepes. It is not only open for lunch, it serves breakfast starting at 8am and serves food all day until around 10pm at night. The prices range from $8 through $13, but the ingredients are fresh and interesting, like goose pate with caramelized onions, or a panini with proscuitto, black mission figs, gorgonzola and rosemary oil. All sandwiches are served with a nice amount of organic greens and a lovely light salad dressing. When we went, we tried the balsamic grilled chicken with arugula, roasted bell peppers and avocado spread and the ratatouille crepe. Both were wonderful and the crepe was surprisingly large and filling. They have a lovely sweet crepe section for desserts and a nice menu with coffee drinks. Overall, I will definitely return to try other offerings on the menu and feel fortunate to have found a wonderful cafe with great food that does not make my skin crawl!