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250 W. 19th St. (Yale St.) Send to Phone
You'll be made-in-the-shade at this contemporary Heights café serving globally-inspired comfort foods and memorable desserts.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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: Here's another cool, minimalist dining room by talented visionary Carl Eaves. With lofty whitewashed ceilings, red-hued hardwood floors and walls painted a refreshing celery green, the old restored Heights building, boasting lots of windows, provides just the right touch of small-town charm. And the seasonal global-American menu created by owner-chef Claire Smith is just as enlightening. Dishes range from Asian-inspired ahi poke to traditional American selections like the molasses marinated Berkshire pork chop served with sautéed green beans, fava beans and shallots with a cauliflower-Gruyère gratin. Lunchtime favorites include a burger with chipotle mayonnaise and a Cobb salad topped with sliced fried chicken. Weekend brunch features house-made challah french toast with apple wood-smoked bacon and two eggs. Vegetarian items are available, too, as are desserts like sticky toffee pudding cake with ice cream or the simple St. Arnold’s root beer float. There’s a decent wine list, although, since Shade is in a “dry” neighborhood, you need to sign up for the Shade Private Club --- it’s free --- to be served wine, beer or cocktails. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m., so stop in for a cocktail and some lamb sliders and goat cheese fritters.


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