Interested in exploring the freshest new spots in Bedford-Stuyvesant? From a bakery and cafe to a tiki bar, read on for a rundown of the newest spots to make their debut in this part of New York City.
The Awkward Scone
The Awkward Scone is a cafe specializing in homemade herbal teas and pastries.
This spot offers five varieties of dairy-free, herbal tea lattes, such as the Covenant (with rose petal, cinnamon and hibiscus) and the Golden Dawn (with fresh turmeric, goji berry, ginger and Aleppo pepper). There are also loose leaf teas and coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and most of the drinks are available hot or iced. To eat, The Awkward Scone has fresh sweet and savory baked goods, like sticky buns, quiches, galettes and, of course, scones.
The Awkward Scone's current Yelp rating of five stars out of five reviews indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Amanda C., who reviewed The Awkward Scone on Sept. 27, wrote, "While the name alone was enticing, we also found the atmosphere to be charmingly modern: a variety of artisan pastries at the front, colorful artwork on the walls and a vibrant collection of teas behind the counters."
And FL S. noted, "Don't let their small food case fool you. Everything in there is packed with flavor.
The Awkward Scone is open from 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on weekends.
180 Ralph Ave.
Greedi Vegan is a vegan spot serving up plant-based comfort food.
This is the second location of Greedi Vegan, which opened its flagship restaurant in Crown Heights just last year. The menu at Greedi Vegan features meat- and dairy-free appetizers, bowls and sandwiches, made with seasonal ingredients and inspired by the flavors of Southern soul food. Check out the fried cauliflower bites with sweet chili, the Greedi Soul Bowl topped with fried "chicken," the portobello mushroom sliders and the gluten-free vegan mac and cheese. On the weekends, Greedi Vegan serves a full brunch menu with options like tofu scramble, pancakes and "fish" and grits.
Greedi Vegan's current rating of five stars out of 15 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Brooke J., who reviewed Greedi Vegan on Sept. 8, wrote, "The oyster mushrooms had me believing I was eating chicken! A light and crispy batter fried to perfection. So tasteful, it was absolutely delightful. The grits were rich and creamy and made my heart feel warm. Greens were a great choice to complement and complete the dish, smokey and not over cooked at all. Best brunch I've had in a minute."
Greedi Vegan is open from noon–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, noon–10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on weekends. (It's closed on Monday.)
Zig Zag Tiki Bar
382 Marcus Garvey Blvd.
Zig Zag Tiki Bar is a tiki bar offering craft cocktails and empanadas.
Speakeasy bar Pelican shuttered earlier this year, and its space has since transformed into this new tropical-themed haunt. Zig Zag Tiki Bar offers more than a dozen signature cocktails, from elevated classics like a mezcal Negroni to tiki bar favorites like Mai Tais and Bahama Mamas. There are also empanadas available for drinkers with an appetite.
Zig Zag Tiki Bar's current rating of four stars out of 12 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer has received a warm welcome so far.
Yelper EJ S., who reviewed Zig Zag Tiki Bar on Aug. 19, wrote, "Ended up staying an hour, having some Montenegro shots and a Mezcal/yellow chartreuse cocktail. Great stuff. Xavier's a solid bartender."
Joel D. noted, "Very cool decor. This place is unique and fun. I had a couple really good cocktails."
Zig Zag Tiki Bar is open from 5 p.m.–midnight on Sunday and Monday and from 5 p.m.–2 a.m. on Tuesday-Saturday.