Debuting today to spice up the Financial District’s lunch selection is Homage, a seasonally-focused breakfast and lunch restaurant from chef David Kurtz (Maven). The idea is to have rotating fare every two weeks featuring ingredients from a different local farm for salads, sandwiches and soup, plus mainstays like a cubano, prime rib and lasagna. There’s also daily breakfast with coffee, tea, pastries and light breakfast items. Nothing is prepackaged, but Kurtz is putting a premium on speed, and all items fall into the FiDi standard lunch price range of $12 to $14 (see the full opening menu here).
As for the space — designed by G. Paoletti Design Lab (Maven, Cadence) — there are 49 seats inside, plus another 20 on the sidewalk outside. Since Homage is tucked off Kearny in an alley, the outdoor seating has a more peaceful, European feel than on the busy FiDi streets just feet away. "We command the whole alley, as there are no other businesses," Kurtz told Eater. "It’s like a retreat from busy Kearny Street."
Homage is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with happy hour service to come soon.