A friend of Brad’s, who hails from Melbourne, recommended “Little Collins”. It’s a small Aussie coffee shop paying homage to the coffee culture & bustling street of Melbourne. It did remind me a little bit of home but that façade fell apart quickly when I heard someone exclaim, “What the hell is a flat white?”.
The cafe is located at on 667 Lexington Avenue and was only a few minutes stroll from where we lived. The door was so small and the sign was faded, so we did almost miss it. Nevertheless, it’s in a perfect location to have a bit of coffee before going on a mad shopping spree at Bloomingdale’s and Sephora (only a few steps away…).
The space is absolutely tiny and can probably cosily seat a maximum of 15 people (that’s being generous), and that’s without factoring in those who are waiting around for their to-go coffee. It’s not fantastic place if you want to sit with your girls over lunch. Brad and I arrived at lunchtime and got quite lucky as a group of people were just leaving and we nabbed a seat. It was a tad bit uncomfortable having a continuous stream of people eyeing our seats while we enjoyed our coffee and meal. It probably would have worked better if they had one of their lovely staff direct people to a waiting area outside.
Coffee-wise, we got a cappuccino and flat white — ah, the taste of satisfaction. While it’s not the best coffee ever and unlike the usual amazing Melbourne coffee, it’s the best I’ve had so far in NYC and it hit the spot. Also, thank you for not serving it in a bowl. Yay for mug.
Along with our coffees, like one giant brain, we both ordered the Avocado Benedict. Just to live a little on the edge, I got the side of bacon (pictured above) and Brad got the salmon instead. The food was lovely for a couple of hungry peeps and wasn’t of freakish portion sizes (unlike several of the dishes I’ve had so far…). Though I did wish there was more bread…….. :D
Just a heads up, if you’re like me and always check out the site of a restaurant or cafe before you head in, the menu online and the menu in-store is not quite the same. There are a few things that were available, but it was definitely a lot more limited. Unless there was a hidden menu somewhere, I’m thinking they downsized their menu. This is only for food as the coffee/drinks was the same.
In an effort to go against the stream, Brad insists on showcasing his meal to the world when he had completely destroyed it. “This is how you show that you’ve had a great meal”, he says. So here it is.
Overall, I loved this little place and what it had to offer amongst all the bad beans out there, but it was just so busy. I’ve heard people can wait for a while to get in here (1 hr?) and I can see it happening on a super busy day. We just got lucky on a Saturday. Also as a personal preference, I just don’t like crowded spots (the irony of living in NYC…). It’s also a little dear for your everyday lunch spot, but the coffee isn’t too bad at $4USD a pop. It is a little more pricey compared to home — but who can complain when you need that boost?
So…I will definitely be back again. :)
If you’re not in town but want to check them out, visit littlecollinsnyc.com.