Brooklyn Whiskers, Manhattan Ave’s New Vegan Cafe/Bakery
Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery (1008 Manhattan Ave) is a sweet little place chock full of delicious goods with a creative menu, located at the north end of Greenpoint. This cafe/bakery serves up pastries and delectable desserts but also has a good-sized menu with all-day breakfast, sandwiches, bagels, and bites. Plus everything is vegan, with lots of gluten-free options as well. Fear not, however, because you won’t be missing a thing — the food here is fantastic.
This is the second location to recently open with the first one being located in Bushwick. They are also a retail and wholesale bakery in addition to having these shops. The two very friendly owners, Preesa Adeline Bullington and Michael Minahan, are frequently around and easy to chat with. The Greenpoint cafe is small but quite charming with a couple of vintage-looking mismatched chairs, wooden tables, and holiday decor this time of year. It’s also eco-friendly with bamboo products and recycling well-marked. There’s a warm, homey, personalized feel in the cafe and also fun for cat lovers with a little bit of a cat theme in the mix.
The menu changes now and then but at the moment some of the food highlights include:
The Seattle Burger: a pea & beet-based burger with sautéed mushrooms and shallots, arugula and an interesting espresso aioli that worked super well with it all. And it comes with potatoes. Highly recommended.
Egg Salad Sammy: a delicious tofu-based “egg salad” with pickled beets.
Carrots and Everything: a sandwich loaded with roasted carrots, carrot hummus, and tofu cream cheese topped with vinegary cucumbers and radishes.
Additionally, one of the croissants we tried was an everything bagel-style pastry with jalapeño tofu cream cheese. So good!
The decadent dough-ssant is available only on weekends and is a hybrid hit. There are also tons of other artisanal pastries — old-fashioned dough doughnuts done right, cupcakes of various flavors, giant brownies, muffins and oat bars (including gluten-free).
The coffee is from Caffe Vita, a roaster in Bushwick, and is fantastic. BK Whiskers has a solid drink menu with a wide variety of coffee and tea options.
Last but not least, the prices are very reasonable, especially for vegan cuisine, which tends to be expensive. Most of the sandwiches are $8 and they top off at $10.
All in all, Brooklyn Whiskers is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Now, please pass the tofu cream cheese…
Brooklyn Whiskers is located at 1008 Manhattan Ave. They are open Monday to Thursday, 7:30am -4pm; Friday, 7:30am – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm.