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Posted by new yorker for life on 04/11/2007
this jerk below who rated the service poorly is clearly not familiar with the steady decline of service in general in new york city. i have been here all of my life and brown is one of the last places that you can rely on the baristas and servers smiling at you when you walk in. they not only know every one of the regulars by name, but as i sit in there on saturday and sunday...enjoying the addictive espresso and croissant, i see the "not so regulars" coming in for their sunday brunch demanding all the same attention as those of us who have been coming for years several times a week. and you know what? every damn one of them treat theses high maintenance customers with the same amount of devotion and hospitality any of the other regulars. the owner has done an amazing job creating a low key local spot where people can just "be" with great service, the BEST coffee, great surroundings and an amazing menu. nice job.....
Posted by Anonymous on 04/10/2007
Recently my friend and I stumbled upon this cozy gem on the lower east side. Upon entering, we were warmly welcomed by the gracious staff and I immediately knew we were in for a treat. Throughout the meal, the service was very attentive. At first we were a bit confused by the wine list (as most of the wines are organic), but our server took the time to guide us and we ended up with a wonderful bottle of pinot bianco. Our server explained how the cafe and their catering company use all organic and local products. When the food came the quality of the ingredients used was evident in everything from the cheese platter to my shrimp roasted with rosemary. The only drawback is that is does seem to fill up quickly as the space is very small. That aside, we had a lovely evening and will definitely be back.
Posted by milky on 03/19/2007
I'm from Europe so i get watery eyed when I come across a place like this, wood tables, intimate atmosphere, healthy food and fresh teas. Feels so.. provencale. But it's really just a snooty New York version of a french-tuscan-belgian cafe, as much as I love the food I hate to say I will avoid this place simply because our server. No help getting seating, then we had to move over a table so we were cramped next to another couple, when we tried to move again to an airier window table, we were ignored by the waitress who seemed to be too busy eating her own food and talking to the guy at the bar [who also wasn't doing anything] than to wait on us. and not so much as a 'you're welcome' after several thank you's. There were at least five people that I could tell on wait staff the afternoon we were there and NONE of them were helpful. A call to them, and you are returned a stare of disdain. Never again. Shame because the food and decor really is so nice, and its a brilliant place to sit outside in the spring...
Posted by Anonymous on 10/04/2006
I live near this restaurant and go here quite a bit. the food is seasonal and always fresh tasting and it's nice because it has a casual atmosphere, nice for lingering over a coffee. i recommend it!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/18/2006
I like the atmosphere and out of the way feel of this place, but I thought the people working there were a bit rude. I think because it's organic and health-conscious, the girl behind the counter (might have been the owner?) looked at me like I had two heads when I put equal in my coffee and asked for cream.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2006
Off the beaten path in the outskirts of Chinatown lies this cute lil cafe serving kickass coffee and a really great brunch. Ordered the roast leg of lamb sandwich with portabello mushrooms and it was sooo tender and juicy. The baked eggs with zucchini, manchego, tomatoes, etc came with savory roasted potatoes and a small salad of mixed greens...that was another winner in my book!