Darling to me, is still darling, but after being open for over a month or so here are improvements that would make them 5 in my book.
1- music: music is needed. Even when the place is packed, which it always is, it is oddly quiet when you walk in. Good tunes at just the right volume, would balance and add life to the atmosphere and large space.
2- they are still cash only! WHY?!?!?! Get an iPad and a square. Or geeze just attach a square to an iPhone. Something. I'm lucky as my bank is a few doors down but I have passed up an iced tea or iced Americano just bc I didn't want to make that extra stop.
3- pricing: they are the cats pajamas of places to get coffee and baked goods in Inwood. But, their pricing is outrageous for the area, and portion size. Two days in a row now I have passed Darling which is a few feet out my front door, and hopped on the A all the way to W. 4th to go to OatMeals Cafe. Why? Bc there I can get a large 24oz iced tea for $2 and baked in house baked goods that are larger in size than at darling and cheaper, they have music playing, wifi, and they take plastic.
They've really got a great space here. I love that they serve Blue Bottle, their iced coffee is also really good and their iced tea has not failed me. Just fix the feel of the place by adding music, make the portion match the price, and please remove the "cash only just for this week" sign and I'll gladly up ya the two stars and visit as much as I would like to which is pretty much at least once a day.
Queens Comfort knows my weakness. Comfort food, great coffee (Stumptown), and super cute scruffy bearded, bright blue eyed, waiters.
I blame the drunk off of 6 bottles of champagne party of 10+ that f'ed up the flow of brunch at this small, hot (no AC) neighborhood jawn.
We waited at least 45 minutes to be seated. We arrived on the later end @ 1:30pm. I suggest arriving at open and be out of here before the madness happens.
Our server, god was he cute but he looked defeated drenched in sweat. I wanted to leave my number and take that man out for a drink after his shift. I commend him as he looked like the only one there other than the busser that was working. He apologized to us and the poor couple next to us countless times for the wait. Our food seemed to come out in a timely manner but it came out randomly and he apologized for that as well. The poor couple next to us was seated waaaay before us (at least 20-25min) and they got their food the same time we did. They ordered after the party so that screwed them.
QC changes their menu often. This is good and bad. Bad for me as every single item I drooled over via yelp photos was not available. No bacon biscuit. No praline bacon. No fried green tomatoes. No cake donuts. And no Kentucky hot brown Benedict. I wept slightly.
I passed up the B&G's (thank goodness I did as one i brunched with ordered them and they were too sweet from the maple in the gravy) bc the cap'n crunch crusted chicken fingers sounded too good. Served along side was a bacon caramel sauce. The sauce, I could have done without. It was too thick. If it was reduced more to the consistency of a thin glaze, now that i would have drenched all over the tenders. The tenders themselves, amazing. As crispy as can be and just the right amount of sweet came through from the cereal.
Like fried chicken tenders were not enough, I orders some atomic balls which were basically fried Mac & Cheese. Drizzled in a little hot sauce and served with ranch, these suckers were tasty.
Disco tots, tater tots topped with gravy and cheddar were a huge hit! At first I thought they were forgotten but then they arrived mid meal.
Fried Chicken and waffles, the chicken breast was huge and perfectly fried but the batter was forgotten compared to the chicken tenders. The waffles, scrumptious. I'd nix the chicken breast and top the waffles with the cap'n crunch tenders.
The house pink lemonade-limeade was refreshing. The iced Stumptown coffee, ahhh Stumptown is just coffee at its finest.
The jawn is BYOB and CASH ONLY. My tips to you for an enjoyable QC experience, dress lightly, come hydrated, come early, and don't come in hopes for a particular item.
A large here is actually a large. A glorious 20 ounces of iced coffee beverage. Or tea if that's what you fancy.
An electric mix of music ranging from UB40, Miss Mary J, old school Jay Z, and my girl Robyn had me dancing in my seat and the gals working singing along.
My iced Americano was richly decadent. Stronger than I'm used to but I added a little more milk than norm and it hit the spot.
The AC was on and pumping on a hot 4th of July afternoon. The outside covered patio would be the place to sit if it was a scoch cooler out. Inside, there is ample table and chairs for seating as well as a window counter. Outlets were abundant. Restroom was available.
The joint is cash only so that's the only bummer.
Open 24 hours
Wash & Fold drop off. Priced per pound, 8lb min $10. Each additional pound, $0.85 Same day pick up. Score!
Plenty of washers and dryers if you choose to do your own loads.
Dry cleaning service available.
What more could you ask for?
Still cash only.
Still serves Stumptown.
They pour the best americano in town. And if this never cash carrying gal makes stops at the ATM and takes the A all the way from 207th to W. 4th just for a coffee, then all be damn they get 5 stars from me.
Oh and they have stamp cards. And OUTLETS (thanks for the reminder Corey).
According to Zagat, this is supposed to be the best burger in NYC.
It's not. But it's simple, and tasty.
Located tucked away behind the curtain, in the back left corner of the swanky Le Parker Meridian. You walk in and feel like you are in Joe Schmoes basement. It's dark, dingyesque (but not in a dirty way), yet still manages to have a swank of its own.
Writing is all over the walls, tables, and even on the lamp shades. The tunes playing are a hodge podge from Lady in Red, to Empire State of Mind, and Rolling on the River.
The burger menu, written on a piece of a cardboard box, is no frills and they break it down to you in three ordering steps.
1. Hamburger or Cheeseburger
3. What do you want on it; lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, ketchup, mayo, mustard
In my opinion, it's a better version of 5 guys, but closer to Shake Shack. The fries were whatev. McD's knock offs, salt and all.
If there's no line, I say go for it. If there is, I say skip.
And yes I etched my name into the table. yelp.com/user_local_phot…
An experience to say the least.
Here's a little vid so you get an idea..
I sat at the counter so I was in the mist of every F-bomb dropped by Kenny and Zach. Kenny, he's a crotchety old man. Makes a few plates then goes and takes a seat. Then heads back to the hole of a kitchen, snacks on some food, doesn't change his gloves, makes a few more plates, then heads back to the chair. I sat on my phone the whole time and nada was said to me so maybe Kenny finally gave in to the evolution of the cell phone. After all, he wears his fancy flip-phone hanging from his suspenders.
The menu is ridiculous in length.
The place, is borderline a joke. Knick-knacks everywhere, rock-metal music playing, and NY Mets blankets are used as drapes to cover the upstairs storage area.
The prices are outrageous.
The food, greasy spoon diner-meets-420-meets-frat house-meets-Adam Richmans wet eats dream when it comes to the size of things.
I had the Mac & Cheese pancakes and they were just alright.
Side of cheese grits with cheddar and bacon set me back $10. The huge bacon chunks were a mouthful of salty chewy greatness but the grits were nothing to be desired. The mounds of melted cheese was needed to flavor this dish.
The only thing I'd come back here for would be the vinegary-A1 like-BBQ-hot sauce that they serve in worlds largest squeeze bottle. Now that shit was great. They should consider selling it for reals.
Their hours, odd. Opens at 1pm to 11pm daily.
The menu is large and loaded with not your run of the mill flavor combos. Ice cream on it's own, make it a sundae, or get a shake. They've even got froyo if that's what you fancy.
I had the Grasshopper Pie which is mint chip with oreos. I'm weird and like to chew my ice cream so I really enjoyed the solid texture of their ice cream. The sugar cone was borderline stale. I'll get it in a cup next time to be safe.
The only downsides, CASH ONLY and standing room only.
Umm, they serve Stumptown. Solidifies the 5 stars right there.
- more than ample seating
- free WiFi (password is coldbrew) but it can be on the wonky-time-out a million times before you get logged in-crap it kicked me off kind
- outlets galore
- GREAT MUSIC! I thought my ipod was playing for a minute
- cool staff
- 4 iced tea options (Ginger Peach was FAB)
$3 bucks each for a great iced americano or iced tea, with all the above, yeah, as good as it gets.
Only downside, CASH ONLY
and yes I wrote this while using their free WiFi
The ingredients, so simple. The taste, blew me away. The menu, comfort food all the way. The vibe, It's hipster meet hillbilly if you ask me. The space, was cool, bright, cozy, AND CASH ONLY .
My breakfast for lunch was the BEST breakfast I have had since moving to NY thus far.
Btw, they serve breakfast all stinkin day. Eggcellent. Bummer summer though as they close early (6pm).
Country Ham Biscuit with housemade fig jam and Grafton cheddar. Sweet, salty, savory, biscuity. I did not want eating this to end. This heaven of a biscuit was served with a side of grits. Oh my lord. Best damn grits I've ever had. Spend the extra buck-twenty-five for them to mix in some Grafton ched. I splurged and ordered a side of hash browns and again, oh. my. lord. I don't know how they make them. Unicorn tears probably as they were that magical. As crispy as crisp can be, but ever so soft and moist inside.
I can only imagine how long the wait is during the weekend. But trust, It's worth it.
There is nothing that I love more than sitting at a place using up their free wifi and writing them a 5 star yelp review.
Sweetleaf is absolutely my favorite coffee shop in the NY area.
They have it all. Seriously.
Outlets, free wifi, baked goods, sight glass, ritual, stamp cards, outstanding service, they respond to tweets, oh and there's a record room in the back. The only downside, cash only but I'll make a stop at the ATM for them any day.
Their tunes are the jams! Daytime was filled with Strung Out, Operation Ivy, Social D. all which transported back to high school circa 1998. As early evening came, yes I was there that long, remixes of Sia and Lykke Li and such filled the room. Perfect early evening tunes.
I am nowhere near this gem of a coffee jawn but believe you me, on my days off I will be making the train ride from Inwood to Queens for a little piece of coffee sanctuary.
|New York MUSTS||buns, beef, and all the fixins|
|Crafted cocktails, beer, and wine.||West Siiiiide! Sorry, that's the LA'er in me typing. West Village and the GVil, where you trail off the grid ever so slightly.|
|Iced Americano please. I'm on the search for the perfect-for-me coffee shop in the good ol NY||The birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra. All this just a Path ride away.|
|Jersery or Bust! There is more things to do here other than getting your GTL on.||Where to get a cup on the other side of the river.|
|Just like The Avett Brothers sang, I And Love And You. Just a quick ride on the L train and you are there.||How low can you go.|
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