177 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: American Fare/Cafe Food & Coffee
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 10am-9:30pm
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Menu: Click Here
Great coffee and yummy food, even if it seems criminal to pay $9 for a sandwich.
NY Mag says:
TAGS: Bedford, Breakfast, Brunch (Weekends), Coffee Shop/Cafe, Fairly Cheap, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Restaurants, ★★★ Good
Helmed by chef Oleg Lyaskoronskiy, a Gramercy Tavern alum, this minimalist sit-down or takeaway café serves three square meals to the neighborhood MacBook Air set. In the mornings, pensive locals people-watch at spare counters overlooking Bedford Avenue while sipping freshly pressed pear juice or noshing omelets filled with organic spinach and kielbasa, a nod to the local Polish community. For lunch, there’s a mix of made-to-order sandwiches and salads like the Mediterranean, a generous serving of organic arugula, lentils, goat cheese, and black olives, sprinkled with a light vinaigrette. Dinner entrées offer more home-style fare, with grilled salmon, free-range lamb brochettes, or sizzling flatiron steak paired with a choice of two hearty sides—Dijon-mustard spaetzle and well-seasoned ratatouille stand out. You’re welcome to linger in the dappled light of the casual back garden and take advantage of the BYOB policy or order earth-conscious takeout from the counter: Most containers are biodegradable and utensils are made from recycled corn.