The Pueblo Harvest Café's Chef Michael Giese was named Chef of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association in September 2015. If you’re frequently downtown, look for the once-a-month wine tasting events featuring a flight of wines of a certain type or source. The hole-in-the-wall joint was featured on the Food Networks’ Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
The breakfast menu includes New Mexican favorites like breakfast burritos and chilaquiles.
Their blue-corn pancakes are the best I’ve tasted—ever. Off Center Community Arts Project This downtown arts hub offers networking and a small gallery space for local artists.
Albuquerque is a city you should chat with over a soup-bowl–sized cup of coffee.It’s a city with soul and wit that will crack a joke, then give you a sidelong glance to see if you’ve found the humor, too.The biscochitos, in traditional and unusual flavors like espresso, are especially delightful. It boasts an extensive photography collection and the works of New Mexico modernist Raymond Jonson.Revolving exhibitions highlight contemporary sculpture, photography, and painting.In part, it is the characters who live here that most enliven the city.
Take my neighborhood: I live in the Northeast Heights, which some may describe as a land of little boxes made of ticky-tacky, yet it still boasts intriguing denizens.Cozy up in one of the cocoon-like couches to sip a Prohibition-era–inspired cocktail that maintains the boutique hotel’s 1920s style. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center It’s easy for a local to overlook this center, devoted to the culture and traditions of the state’s 19 pueblos, but a recent visit there reminded me it’s a true gem.If you can, book a room in this finely renovated beaux-arts–style inn. Inside, museum-style exhibitions teach about Native ways.The menu features a collection of elegant New American dishes. During the summer, the patio is the perfect place to while away the afternoon watching the foot, horse, and tractor traffic along Corrales Road. Golden Crown Panaderia Known for its green-chile bread and bread sculptures (a turkey at Thanksgiving, perhaps?), Golden Crown's a homey, neighborhood bakery owned by a father-son duo. University of New Mexico Art Museum One of the city’s best-kept secrets, this visual powerhouse is tucked into the university’s Center for the Arts (also home to Popejoy Hall).(Of course, our “fast pace” might be unnoticeable to a visiting New Yorker.