Kraftsmen Café

16 Jan

Kraftsmen Café was an unexpected treat. I was driving through the Heights this weekend and passed what seemed to be an ordinary warehouse on West 22nd Street. I turned in time to notice a bold sign on the side of the warehouse marked by a big blue “K”. Past the sign was a wrap porch with locals sipping coffee and reading the news: just what I needed. I whipped my car into the parking lot and decided to explore. Luckily my friend and I were hungry and in need of a latte. We had unknowingly discovered the Heights’ best kept secret!

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Kraftsmen is charming. The endearing café and bakery is covered in trendy decor and emanates a wonderful aroma of fresh bread in the oven. Kraftsmen is a bakery first, showing off their home-baked artisan breads and pastries in the glass display on the counter. The bakery doubles as an affordable local breakfast and lunch spot with a full menu and daily specials. The restaurant also serves locally-made coffee, lattes, tea, French press and espresso to fulfill all your caffeine needs.

IMG_3024Pumpkin Almond Milk Latte
IMG_3003Assorted pastries, muffins and bagels baked in-house

The pastries serve as great appetizers for brunch. We had the most delicious monkey bread with coffee while we reviewed the menu. The pull-apart roll was sticky and sweet. My almond milk pumpkin latte made the cold weather much more enjoyable. A server informed us that Kraftsmen allows BYOChampagne on Saturdays and Sundays, as they will provide fresh orange juice for brunch mimosas. We are definitely bringing the bubbly next time.

IMG_3032Monkey bread

{These carbs are wonderfully justifiable.}

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I tried several entrees on the menu and was delighted with everything I ate. The Traditional Breakfast includes eggs, a choice of breakfast meat, skillet potatoes and toast. The meal is complemented by a tomato basil sauce, adding an unconventional spin on a classic breakfast. I subbed the toast for a warm, over-sized Everything Bagel with cream cheese. Jackpot!

IMG_3045Traditional BreakfastIMG_3043Everything Bagel with cream cheese

The fluffy Griddle Cakes are made just like I like them, and the Fried Chicken and Waffles are packed with Southern flavor, impeccable for anyone in need of a sweet and savory fix. In addition, the omelets at Kraftsmen come highly recommended. The Omelet Francaise is stuffed with brie, turkey and caramelized shallots. I suggest you ask for egg whites if you are looking for a healthier brunch option.

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Omelet Francaise with wheat toast and tomato basil sauceIMG_3001

{A very warm welcome indeed!}

The atmosphere at Kraftsmen is captivating, with each unique table setting different from the next. You can also choose to sit on the porch and relax while your dog enjoys the weather too. This endearing café is a place you can eat alone and not feel out-of-place. Likewise, it’s an ideal place to take friends. There is a room that can be closed off by a giant sliding door, picture-perfect for a group gathering. In addition to their assorted menu offerings, Kraftsmen distributes a variety of local treats for purchase. I got my hands on some locally-made Katz’s coffee and homemade preserves before walking out.

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Unique table settings for customers to eat, drink and relaxIMG_3009

Kraftsmen market place

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch every day until 3 pm. When you wake up this weekend, consider spending your morning at Kraftsmen. We all need a little more brunch in our lives. See you there!

To learn more about Kraftsmen Bakery and Café visit their website here!

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One Response to “Kraftsmen Café”

  1. That is a very good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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