The Vibe: The Corner Shop Café’s slug line is “The comfort of home” and that’s what they dish up – a slice of cozy, comfort that feels rustic chic and like grandma’s house all in one.
The Facts: Thought to be a studio space for famed civil war photographer Matthew Brady (who may have photographed Abraham Lincoln himself in this space), the corner unit for the Corner Shop Café comes with loads of character and history. The café at the corner of Bleecker and Broadway officially reopened its doors in 2011, revamping its classic café vibe into a modern, chic restaurant with a French feel. Chef Dominic Rice takes classics like the burger and mixes it with yellow fin tuna for a twist on the usual.
The Experience: Casual and laid back, this spot is ideal for an impromptu brunch, latte or tea, or a chance to catch up with a friend. There’s nothing pretentious happening in the airy dining space filled with natural light. The staff is incredibly friendly and even when it’s busy, they take the time to offer up their favourite tea selections, make suggestions and steer you in the right direction (should you do eggs for lunch? Or stick to the sandwiches?). Either way, whether this spot is jam-packed full of patrons or a bit quieter, the food and service don’t disappoint.
Start With: Homemade soups, $5 cup, $8 bowl
Every day there are three seasonal soups to choose from – we’re pretty sure you’ll find something tempting.
Entree With: Green Market Eggs, $12
Breakfast for lunch is always a good idea. And if you can’t swing by for brunch on a weekend this is your next best bet. Two poached eggs with asparagus, artichokes, tomatoes, baby peas, radishes, and arugula with either toasted chibatta or brown rice – this dish is not only delicious but also filled with energizing foods.
Finish With: A pastry, price varies on selection, price varies
Order up a coffee and a sweet treat (we loved the flaky croissant and homemade jams) to finish off you meal that are made fresh daily.
Table to Book: If you like being in the middle of the action, a table in the middle of the square space is perfect. For a more intimate conversation, pick a table next to a window or in the corner.
Getting There: Bleecker Station on the 6 is the closet option at roughly one block away. Alternatively, Broadway-Lafayette on the B, D, F, and M is also about one block away.
Insider Tip: Ask your server for suggestions on new and different teas.
Where to Find:
Corner Shop Café
643 Broadway (at Bleecker)
New York, New York 10012