We’re in and out of Australian cafes almost everyday, socialising and eating the most mouthwatering brunches with freshly brewed coffee or squeezed juices. So naturally, we’re kinda excited that New York will be getting a slice of the Australian cafe scene.
What first began as an exploration of New York, has now lead to four cafes opening up since the fall. Offering table service with waiters bringing your drinks and simple, fresh food such as breakfasts and salads with close attention paid to the details, just as it’s done in Australia.
“You have these brekkie palaces, full-service restaurants with chefs and kitchens that are run by coffee roasters,” said Jordan Michelman, a founder of Sprudge, a website for coffee cognoscenti. “They’re doing more than filling a pastry case.”
There are places such as Little Collins (named for a street in Melbourne), Brunswick (named for a suburb in Melbourne), Bluestone Lane (named for the paving stones on a street in Melbourne) and Two Hands (named for a Heath Ledger film). Another Brunswick location is to open next month. They join Toby’s Estate, an Australian company that opened a cafe in Brooklyn in 2012.
Michelman pointed out that “most coffee shops in the United States don’t do much with food, and most restaurants don’t worry about coffee. The Australian cafe is a hybrid, and an unusual one”.
“It’s really two businesses in the same place,” Mr. Michelman said. “There’s this whole robust coffee culture, and there’s this whole robust kitchen culture, and it’s all under the same roof.”
Be sure to check out these fantastic cafes.
BLUESTONE LANE 55 Greenwich Avenue (Perry Street); 646-368-1988;bluestonelaneny.com
BRUNSWICK 144 Decatur Street (enter on Marcus Garvey Boulevard), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and 240 Prospect Park West (Windsor Place); opening in August, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn; 347-404-6832;brunswickcafe.com
LITTLE COLLINS 667 Lexington Avenue (East 55th Street); 212-308-1969; littlecollinsnyc.com
TOBY’S ESTATE 125 North Sixth Street (Berry Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-457-6160; tobysestate.com
TWO HANDS 164 Mott Street (Broome Street); twohandsnyc.com
Read the full article at The New York Times