Australian

Bluestone Lane

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Overview:

Melbourne-inspired coffee place offering Australian-style espresso drinks & cafe fare all day.

Information:

Address: 55 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

(multi location)

Phone: (718) 374-6858

Neighborhood: West Village, Upper East Side, Chelsea

Price: $$


 

Seven Point Espresso

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Overview:

The Aussie cafe movement has now happily reached Crown Heights. Seven Point Espresso is a joint venture between Phil Gijsbers, a Melbourne-based café owner, and Lee Tryhorn, a local expat. The space is a modern, casual venue for grab-n-go coffee or to stay & work on a computer throughout the day. Unlike other coffee shops, SPE has a fantastic menu of assorted breakfast and lunch dishes that are thoughtfully composed, creative and substantial in size. The all day cafe menu offers riffs on classic dishes like smashed avocado toast with hazelnut dukkah & feta, an acai bowl and breakfast pasta made with bacon, parmesan & smokey yolk. Highly recommend this for a weekday workspace or weekend brunch spot. 

Information:

Address: 637 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone:  (718) 230-0178

Neighborhood: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights

Price: $$


 

Coco & Cru

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A mentor of mine, restaurateur Danny Meyer, once said that if your restaurant concept doesn’t add anything to the dialogue of what’s happening in the restaurant world then there is no point in doing it. I see a lot of health conscious restaurants in NYC fall victim to this. They tout “healthy” and “fresh” food but it’s basically the same basic bitch food that everyone else makes (I’m talking to you, avocado toast). I had the opportunity to eat at the newly opened Coco & Cru yesterday, and I can say with confidence that they certainly add something to the dialogue.

Coco & Cru is an Australian concept that comes from the team behind Sauce, Upstate Craft Beer, and Edwin & Neal’s Fish Bar. At the helm is Australian born chef & partner Cory Lee who named the restaurant after his 2 children. Not only can the man execute the shit out of menu, I also watched as he buzzed around the dining room clearing dishes and chatting with happy customers. His restaurant is located on the busy corner of Bleeker & Broadway but feels more hip and chic as though you are in Soho. The space is open and airy with large floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll see NY classics like subway tile, exposed brick, and birch wood floors. They have been open for a week but the place is already packed with young beautiful people.

The menu houses the type of product and price point that could lure you in 4-5 times per week. They too use buzz words like healthy and fresh to describe their concept, but it’s much more than that. There is a large selection of egg dishes, bowls, salads, and sandwiches. Products are locally sourced, crazy flavorful, and elevated versions of healthy dishes. Their baked eggs rocked my world with pulled pork and tomatillo salsa. Instead of making a classic avocado toast, their version comes with smoked mozzarella and pumpkin seeds for crunch.  They have 7 sandwich options to satisfy your carnivorous cravings. My personal favorite was the perfectly cooked hormone-free steak with romesco. Want to get drunk and feel good about it? You can spike their fresh squeezed juices with tequila. Go here and go often. Here’s what we had: 

Avocado Toast – smoked mozzarella, pumpkin seed, sourdough

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Shaved Zucchini Salad – Jicama, pico di gallo, quinoa, queso fresco

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Coconut Bircher- apple, toasted almonds, coconut yogurt

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Huevos Rancheros – 2 sunny side eggs, refried beans, queso fresco, avocado

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Baked Eggs- pulled pork, tomatillo salsa, potatoes

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Steak Sandwich – romesco sauce, roasted scallion, arugula

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643 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Phone : 212-614-317