Moloko: Crepes and Coffee Cheaper Than Starbucks
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Moloko: coffee and crepes in Midtown.|
Then I remembered that Moloko, a new coffee house, had opened up. Though its website touts crepe-making for children and a "coffee revolution" theme, the place is a small, narrow space with tall, wooden beamed ceilings. Dark red walls gave way to filled bookshelves. There was a chess board in the corner, along with some couches meant for lounging or chatting.
I sat down on one of the leather seats at the long coffee bar and ordered a nonfat latte ($2.65) with a shot of almond syrup (I needed a sugar fix, too). It was served in a tall blue mug, just strong enough, with a hint (not a douse) of almond flavoring. "Let me know if you want the coffee sweeter. I like to start with less and add more it someone wants it," the barista told me.
The menu of mostly crepes included sweet (like the Bom Dia filled with fresh blueberries and cream cheese, served with a side of yogurt and granola $6.95) and savory (perhaps the Popeye's Pick with fresh spinach, tomatoes and feta $8.95). I chose the Italian Stallion, a crepe filled with Manchego, prosciutto, and green olives; $9.95.
|Look! A latte in a real mug!|
A few more customers wandered in off the street, as people slowly discover this new neighbor. A man asked for a Thai coffee, made with cold brew and condensed milk. He was so pleased, he stayed for a crepe.
Another woman came in from a stroll to check out the place. The same happened with her. Moloko does have that vibe where you feel like maybe you should stay for a spell. That you do deserve to drink your coffee the way nature (and not Starbucks) intended -- out of a mug, not a paper cup.
In the next few weeks, Moloko will be adding WiFi, make ice cubes out of coffee (a nifty trick that Brooklyn Water Bagel Company does), and host live music. They want to be a place for locals who live in the high rises next door to hang out in. Hey, it's cheaper (and better) than that chain inside the big box retail down the street!
|Italian Stallion crepe -- silly name for a satisfying lunch.|