Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm; Mon-Fri, closed
F, G at Carroll St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
After closing the much-loved Tini wine bar in 2009 over landlord issues, owners Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson converted their home-goods store further up Van Brunt Street into a certified café. With just three white linen couches, and a wood slab bar joined by four old-fashioned, schoolhouse-looking seats, the space, at capacity, can feel like a sprawling dinner party. The friendly staff, serving up small dishes, plates of charcuterie and cheese, and hot panini, furthers the intimate vibe. Salads are hefty, like the pile of arugula hit with tart green-apple shavings and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. A bowl of mussels in a white-wine sauce is equally generous, while the $12 price tag makes you ponder why you continue to dine in Manhattan. An open-faced sandwich with creamy chèvre, smoked salmon, and capers gives most bagel-and-lox concoctions hearty competition. The partners do weekend brunch, too, with a variety of scrambles and a fruit-topped brioche French toast. A back garden, a lengthy and affordable wine list, and quirky touches like an antique wooden bench towering over the bar (until someone pays the egregious price tag) make the spot all the more endearing.Reservations
Reservations are required for parties of six or more.