Cafes

Kottu House

 
 

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Kottu House is a cozy spot to pop in on Broome St. in the Lower East Side if you need a quick but delicious bite. We went on a Tuesday night around 6pm - there was no one else in the restaurant at the time, although they were fielding online orders. This was my first time having Sri Lankan food, and while I can’t attest to its authenticity, I can say that the dish I ordered was delicious (and not to spicy thanks to the “extra mild” option). We loved that the menu had more vegetarian & pescatarian options than meat dishes and that dinner was served in a cardboard carton which made taking leftovers a breeze.

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Source: https://www.kottuhouse.com/pictures

Recommendations: We had the lentil patties to start with some really delicious mint hibiscus tea. I had the Sneaky Pineapple for my main which was a little sweet and a lot of yum. Check at their menu, which offers lots of vegetarian options + some gluten free.

Cost: Mains are $10 - $12 while small plates or $6 - 9.

Where: 250 Broome St. (between Orchard and Ludlow) New York, NY 10002 (about a 30 min subway ride from Our Place, or 25 minutes on a bike)

 

 

 

Brooklyn Kolache Co.

 
 

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The friendly barista behind the counter told us that kolaches (which are baked fresh on site daily) are popular and well-known in Texas, thanks to their population of Czech immigrants. We’re so glad that Brooklyn Kolache Co. brought them to Bed-Stuy. You could try and make them yourself, or you could just go to BKC!

A kolache is a sweet doughy biscuit with yummy fillings. There’s not much more I can say except to go try one! They’re flipping delish. This artsy aesthetic cafe has other cool things going for it as well, like a back room with tables to sit at while you write your next novel, a backyard, and obviously coffee!

Recommendations: Personal fave is the savory Sausage & Cheese kolache. Staff recommends the Love Dip.

Cost: Kolaches fall around the $4 mark (go after 6pm for buy-one-get-one); a cup of coffee is about $2.50.

Where: 520 DeKalb Ave (between Bedford Ave and Skillman St), Brooklyn -

 
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BenYam - an Ethiopian Restaurant in Harlem

 
 

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Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

BenYam is a small family-run Ethiopian restaurant located in Harlem - we took the subway up on a Wednesday night to check it out. This is not a place to go for a quick bite; one of the wonderful things about it is that the staff is not rushed and neither are you. Take your time, chat with your friends, enjoy the food.

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

The woman who took our order & the man who brought our food were extra friendly, checking back to make sure that we liked each dish and bringing us extra injera. Injera is a spongy, pancake like bread that you use to pick up & eat the food. No forks!! And the food is delicious - if you’re looking for a good place to give Ethiopian food a try, go to BenYam.

Recommendations: The honey wine is sweet & scrumptious. We ordered the Meat / Veg Combo for 2 which came with doro wot, beg alicha, siga wot, gomen, and mesir. Looking for vegetarian options? BenYam has plenty! Check at their menu for a detailed description of each dish.

Cost: The combo for 2 cost $30, single dishes will run you $16 - $18. Go during happy hour to get great deals on honey wine & sangria.

Where: 2795 Frederick Douglas Blvd (between 148th & 149th) Harlem, NY 10039 - about an hour train ride from Our Place

 

 

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

Source: http://benyamcuisine.com/

 

Mike's Coffee Shop

 
 

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Mike's Coffee Shop Diner

This classic diner in Clinton Hill is the perfect spot to grab some American breakfast. Like a diner should be, it’s cheap and classic. Mike & his brother have run the place for decades, and locals (including Biggie Smalls!) have dined at their counter over the years.

If you’re visiting from abroad and looking to give the Diner experience a try, grab a friend and slide into a booth at Mike’s… or go solo and plop yourself on a stool at the counter. Best for breakfast and a mug of hot coffee that the staff will make sure never empties.

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Recommendations: Pancakes, sausage, eggs. You might need to head to the park for a nap after, diner food is HEAVY!

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Cost: Hearty breakfast specials including coffee and small juice are around $7-9

Where: 328 DeKalb Ave (corner of St James Pl), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 12 minutes

 

 

Dough

 
 

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Dough is a gourmet doughnut shop located just 2 blocks from our front door. With flavors inspired by Chef Fany Gerson's "Mexican heritage as well as European influences", it's unlikely you'll find a doughnut quite like this anywhere else.

Recommendations: It’s hard to say which is the best, but Dough staff said the dulce de leche doughnut is their most popular flavor. Try cinnamon sugar if you’re looking for something a little less decadent. Do you have a fave flavor? Please share!!

Cost: Expect to spend about $2.75 on a doughnut (they’re giant!) and $2.50 on a coffee

Where: 448 Lafayette Ave (corner of Franklin Ave), Brooklyn - 3 minute walk from Our Place

 
 
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