The Two Hands' Take on New York

Bringing the spirit of Down Under to Downtown New York, Aussie owners of Two Hands Café and Two Hands Restaurant & Bar Henry Roberts and Giles Russell relocated from the beaches of Sydney to the Big Apple in 2011. 

Craving Australian cafe culture – and its magical combination of healthy food, great coffee and community atmos, they opened industrial-vibed Two Hands Café on Mott St in 2014, followed by the beachy-chic restaurant & bar in TriBeCa 2016. Henry chats to Lumira x LUXE, about running the biz and shares a few of Giles' and his favourite haunts in their adopted city.

What do you most enjoy about running Two Hands?

We love every minute of being owners, chefs, baristas, bartenders, servers and managers – owning a restaurant requires you to wear a lot of hats!

What are the most popular dishes on the menu?  

It’s hard to pick any one dish. A couple of crowd favourites are our Brassicas Bowl and our Chilli Scramble Eggs with Avocado & Bacon for breakfast. At lunchtime we do a great Cauliflower Cous Cous Salad with chicken and for dinner, our salmon and our Two Hands Burger both fly out the door!

Henry & Giles' favourite NY haunts

Polo Bar
We love all the details and the amazing service you get at The Polo Bar. It’s always such an incredible dining experience.

Café Perla
Our favourite neighbourhood Italian restaurant in the West Village. Everyone there is so friendly, the atmosphere is unbeatable and the food and wine is always spot on.

Banter NYC
Our friends Nick and Josh opened their own Australian-inspired cafe in Greenwich Village and it’s fantastic. Coffee, food and vibes are A+.

NoMad Hotel
You can’t beat The NoMad Hotel for style and class. The bar, restaurant and rooms are all spectacularly opulent.

Sunni Spencer
We love this boutique in the West Village. Great beach vibes and a beautiful selection of fashion and homewares.

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Liv Berry

Liv left behind the lanes, arcades, and wide-open plains of Melbourne for the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, joining the team at LUXE after a stint at Swire Hotels. 

  • Liv LOVES... Escaping the city, sailing the seas of the Gulf of Gokova, unspoiled beaches in southern Sri Lanka
  • Liv LOATHES... Smartphone syndrome, turbulence

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