The cafe has been serving coffee, tea, pastries, and espresso drinks on North 8th Street since late last year, but the full menu, tableside dining service, and DIY Doughnuts are a new addition to the space, which also features all-day brunch and lunch menus and an expansive backyard patio. Each morning, for an additional fee, a select group of diners are invited to retile and grout the patio. (Kidding… for now.)
During our visit we sampled both the chocolate and vanilla doughnuts, and while the former took a bit of effort to inject, both were delicious thanks in large part to the house-made contents of the syringes. If you’re thinking “Five bucks is mighty steep for an unfinished pastry,” remember that it’s 2014 and you’re in Williamsburg Williamsburg Williamsburg. The fresh tulips and commissioned Jacques Cousteau portrait and $5 trillion dollar-a-month rent don’t pay for themselves.
St. Balmain’s full brunch menu includes items like a breakfast sandwich of egg, bacon, and crunchy kale ($10) and an avocado on crunchy toast served with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese ($10). We sampled the latter and couldn’t have been happier with how generous a portion of just-ripe avocado we were treated to. The lunch menu also includes a seared lentil and almond patty “LA Burger” ($11) and a cheese-topped meatball sub that comes in full ($12) and half portions ($7).
178 N 8th St
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm