Get Nourished at NYC's Isle of Us, the Cafe & Marketplace Passionate About Community & Quality Food

For foodies planning on spending the day in Manhattan, we recommend visiting Isle of Us, an Upper East Side grocer, and cafe with a menu that will nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Located just on the corner of 3rd and East 84th Street, this local cafe makes healthy eating a breeze for anyone living or working in the area. Everything in this little nook is made with impeccable attention to quality, freshness, and detail, from their cozy made-to-order meals to their rustic pantry foods.

Their menu is based around simple yet delicious spins on classic comfort eats packed with fresh, nutrient-dense foods that energize you the whole day. The humble space is tastefully decorated with muted, earthy tones and organically minimalist furnishings, creating a peaceful, inviting atmosphere that sets the perfect tone for a relaxed meal or snack.

As always, we wanted to understand better the concept and vision behind this popular NYC oasis. Director of Marketing and Catering Juanina and Chef Matt spoke with us to give us a deeper insight into the minds behind Isle of Us. 


Tell us about the concept behind Isle of Us. 

inside isle of us

Our founder, Lisle Richards, is a well-known restauranteur in the city passionate about creating spaces that offer high-quality, nourishing foods that don't skimp on flavor. Of course, this all stems from a dedication to supporting sustainable food production while uplifting and supporting local farmers and artisans as much as possible. He joined Chef Matt Aita to turn this ethos into a humble menu and take-home staples with elevated flavors. I guess you could say that their mission is to show people the power of high-quality, intentionally-crafted food.

Everything we do at Isle of Us, whether catering, creating new menu items, or connecting with local producers, we do it with our community in mind. We believe that food is one of the most powerful conduits for connection and creativity, and every day, we put our all into making that known.]


What are some of the signature items that customers keep coming back for? 

salmon with vegetables and rice  
I would say that our two most popular offerings are our Breakfast Burrito and Salmon Rice plate. The Breakfast Burrito is a hearty breakfast wrap that will keep you energized all the way through lunch. Our take includes Sullivan County Farm eggs and hash browns, which are then garnished with pickled jalapeños, roasted garlic, cheddar, and charred tomatillo salsa to really bring it to life with heat and flavor. Then, our Salmon Bowl is prepared with a cut of slow-baked salmon laid on a bed of sushi rice topped with marinated red cabbage, bok choy, avocado, pickled radish, nori, and sesame seeds. 

So, tell us, what made you start using rice from the rice factory NEW YORK? 

holding a bag of rice

Well, it just fits with our whole philosophy. Our core goal is to source the best quality products from local businesses to provide our customers with the best experience possible. Our guests deserve the best, and since you guys have the best rice, it was an easy choice!


How have your customers been responding to the rice from the rice factory?  

They absolutely love it—you can tell by the fact that the salmon rice bowl is one of our most popular items! We even have nutritionists that come by and comment on how good the rice is. 


Do you have any news or upcoming events that readers should know about? 

isle of us logo

We don't have anything specific coming up in the next little while, but we are always creating new things and bringing new products to our shelves to share with our community. We just launched our new spring menu and encourage locals to come to try it out! There's always something new and exciting to try. Visit our website or Instagram to hear about it first! 


Are there any final messages you want to share about Isle of Us? 

If you're in the area, please come by and check us out! Our products are all made with the freshest ingredients, and our friendly team always provides excellent customer service. We have a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere, so if you need a break from your busy day or just a place to relax with friends, Isle of Us is the perfect spot. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Isle Of Us
Address: 1481 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028
Phone: (917) 694-6401