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We’ve all heard about the heart-healthy benefits of oatmeal. But having eaten the bland instant business our whole lives, we would never normally consider it an exciting breakfast option--that is, until we tried OatMeals.

The new West Village bakery and storefront café takes the ever-popular toppings-bar concept and gives steel-cut oats its moment in the spotlight, no matter the time of day. Build your own bowl with either typical sweet toppings like fruit and chocolate or unexpected savory choices like cheese, pesto and, yes, even bacon (starting at $3.50). 

Our recommendation: Trust the trained pastry-chef owner, Samantha Stephens, and try one of her new signature bowls, such as the earthy Truffle RisOATto with truffle oil, cream, sea salt and Parmesan cheese, or the classic Strawberry Shortcake with fresh berries, jam, mini graham crackers, brown sugar and whipped cream.

This fall, look out for new combinations featuring seasonal all-stars: butternut squash, pumpkin, sage, brown butter, gingersnaps and crushed peppermint (not all together, of course).

Oatmeal cookies, muffins and pastries are also available fresh and ready should you become obsessed like we are and need a follow-up stash for later.

120 W. Third St. (between MacDougal St. and Sixth Ave.); 646-360-3570 or

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