Hey there, it's your favorite travel photographer, Maxwell Alexander, and I'm back with another NYC Restaurant Review. This time, I'm taking you on a culinary journey to Ruby's Cafe in SoHo. As someone who's obsessed with everything Australian (including AussieBum and Echt Apparel), I was thrilled to discover Australian cuisine at Ruby's. I had lived in Sydney for almost two weeks and even went to the Bucket List on Bondi beach, but until I visited Ruby's here in New York City, I didn't know Australian cuisine is a thing. It was quite a culinary explosion when I tried the food!
As soon as I walked into Ruby's, I was greeted with a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The decor is cozy yet elegant, with seating available both inside and outside in a tent. What caught my eye was the bar, which is facing inside the restaurant, giving the place a unique and interactive vibe. I couldn't figure out if it was purposeful, which from an experience design perspective would be a great move, or it's just because space in NYC buildings is a scarce commodity 🙂 Being a designer and photographer, I have a keen eye for presentation and design, and I must say, Ruby's did not disappoint. But, let's talk about the real star of the show - the food.
For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Avocado salad, which was a culinary explosion. The salad was made with grilled chicken, baby kale, spinach, avocado, apple, candied walnuts, hemp seeds, and a creamy lemon pepper dressing. It was light and crisp, yet creamy and fulfilling - a perfect balance. Plus it was garnished with beautiful flower petals that almost made me cry about how good it looked from the visual perspective. I have to say, Americans have nothing on Australian cuisine when it comes to making a good salad. This was the very best salad I have ever had in a restaurant here in the States. Funny thing is that I do make salads with a similar creamy texture at home, but I consider it Russian style, so yeah this one blew my mind.
Of course, I had to order my favorite drink, a mimosa, which was made with freshly squeezed orange juice and served with a slice of orange on top of the glass - delicious! I do judge restaurants by their mimosas and the freshness of the orange and prosecco they use, though for a high-traffic place like Ruby's, it couldn't be anything, but a top-notch experience.
Ruby's Cafe in SoHo is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique culinary experience. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. I'll definitely be coming back to try more of their menu, including their famous Bronte Burger, and I highly recommend it to all my friends. And don't forget to follow NYC Restaurant Reviews with me, Photographer Maxwell Alexander for more great restaurant finds in the city. Cheers, maaate!