The New York real estate catch phrase “location, location” seems not to be just an annoying cliché, but a key element in some of the successful food (and otherwise) establishments in the city. Milk Bar, the sweet side of David Chang‘s empire, Momofuku, owned and run by Christina Tosi, has a strategically located outpost in Carroll Gardens, just at the entrance of the Carroll Street F/G subway stop. So how is it even possible not to stop by every single day and grab at least one coffee before diving into the overall chaos that the MTA is?
Granted, this location has been mainly designed to get your coffee and (compost, in my case) cookie fix on the go (let’s just not begin talking about the crack pie, please) or to just have a quick coffee while waiting for your train. The space is ample and raw in industrial unfinished way: concrete floors, white walls, heavy wooden stools by the big windows and only two small tables in the back. But the beautiful coffee machine behind the bar, the hipster baristas and the exhibit of cookies and baked goodness in the front make up for the minimalist lack of decoration. It is not the ideal place to stay a long time with little ones (even though it is ample enough to get in with a stroller). Instead, it is more of a space where you can enjoy one of those rare moments on your own catching up with a girlfriend over coffee. Or the place where you grab a coffee in a rush while you hope that you won’t miss the elusive F or G train, so don’t expect a high chair here.
There is no kids menu, unless your child is already hooked up to coffee (or cookies), that is, and apart from the baked goods, they also offer buns and their version of sandwiches. The coffee is strong (cappuccino is my to go drink here) and once in a while I indulge in my compost cookie, which is perfectly sweet and in my case, works almost like a de facto meal.
There is only a bathroom in the back and you need to ask for a key to get in. It is ample and decently clean. The colorful walls depicting coffee and sweets make up for not having a changing table.
Momofuku Milk Bar – Carroll Gardens
360 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tel: 347-577-9504 ext 3 (to inquire about current stock)
Monday – Sunday: 7:00am – 10:00pm