Greenpointers was invited for a tour and to taste the healthy offerings at the cafe at Awakening NY, the new yoga complex on Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau.
There we met her son Max, who quite cleverly stacked the yoga mats to make a perfectly relaxing reading perch for himself. Why can’t all young men be as polite and friendly as Max?
The lower level was still under constructions with plans to open in September. Along the way we ran into a few construction workers on break. The room smelled of cigarettes.
While we ate a delicious and healthful lunch, Mariola talked about her personal transformation that she wants to share with everyone. She aspires to introduce yoga to those who have never done it before, like the Polish immigrants in the area. But she also wants the yoga center to be a place where the “new wave” (aka hipsters) can come together with the old neighborhood. As we chatted, there was a good mix of customers coming in for yummy shakes. And considering the below the belt commentary on our facebook page, there is definitely room for improvement in the “sense of solidarity” department in Greenpoint.
Food-wise, I really enjoyed the Olive Club, with chicken salad, avocado, tomato, escarole and olive tapanade on Farmer’s Rye bread and the Soulfood, a side of quinoa with toasted almonds, chopped kale and roasted tomato vinaigrette.
Greenpoint needs a hospitable, laid back and healthy spot for lunch and Awakening delivers. I thought it would be cool if they integrated some old polish favorites into the menu, maybe with a new twist?
The ladies laughed, “Polish food isn’t healthy!”
Kielbasa isn’t healthy? Could of fooled me! What about Kale Pierogies? Ricotta Blintzes? Shakes spiked with vodka? Maybe they are right.
Check out the rest of Awakening Cafe’s menu.
607 Manhattan Ave