It was one of those lovely crisp winter mornings in New York City and I had a Duncan Avenue Studios photoshoot scheduled in a boudoir studio in Washington Heights (wait... And did I tell you that Harlem is so Hudson Valley Style lately? LOL). Before the shoot, I wanted to treat myself to a special brunch (and some mimosas of course!) and after some research, I stumbled upon Cafe Bloom. The quaint and cozy atmosphere of the restaurant that I saw from the pictures in their reviews caught my attention and I knew it was the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday brunch.
Cafe Bloom NYC: A Hidden Gem in Washington Heights for a Cozy and Delicious Brunch Experience – Restaurant Reviews with Photographer Maxwell Alexander
As soon as we walked into Cafe Bloom, were struck by the warm and inviting atmosphere created by the owners, Sammy and Melanie. Both Latina best friends, born and raised in Washington Heights, had come together to create this safe space for the community to gather. Their vision of providing a cafecito that brings people together or that warm meal that is at the center of many laughs over the dinner table was evident in every aspect of the cafe.
I started off with their famous egg bites (you won't find them on the menu, so reach out to them and see if they are serving those if you are planning to visit) garnished with melted cheese, spinach, and tomatoes in crispy cups and it was a delectable treat. I followed it up with their signature coffee topped with whipped cream, caramel, chocolate, and cranberry. The flavors and ambiance of the cafe left me feeling content and satisfied and I couldn't help but appreciate the dedication of the owners in giving back to the community through their establishment.
My husband Dino was impressed by this cozy and authentic find as well (we do have a bit of a contest of finding the best new restaurants to try and until this one he had the winning streak :). He enjoyed the mimosas, signature coffee, and a delicious scone with raisins and white frosting that left him feeling content. The scone was still warm and it had a great texture, not too dense and not too crumbly. The raisins added a nice touch of sweetness and the white frosting was a delicious finishing touch. It was a perfect treat to enjoy while catching up and relaxing on a lazy Sunday morning. The cafe's menu has something for everyone, and Dino was happy to find something that he enjoyed as well.
Cafe Bloom is more than just a restaurant, it's a symbol of how sometimes our greatest dreams are right in our backyard, waiting to bloom. The atmosphere is inviting and warm, making it the perfect spot for brunch with friends or a quiet spot to get some work done. The owners' commitment to giving back to the community is evident in every aspect of the cafe, from the delicious food to the welcoming atmosphere, making it a true gem in the Heights. And since I had my camera with me, I was able to capture the essence of Cafe Bloom, some of the beautiful decor, and the restaurant's delicious offerings in a few vignette shots. So, join me on a culinary adventure as I take you on a visual journey through Cafe Bloom in the photo gallery below, and check out my other restaurant discoveries in the Restaurant Reviews series for the Hudson Valley Style Mag while I am waiting to get on the NY Times Food Critics List 🙂