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Cafe Dada Shutters After Five Years On 7th Avenue

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(Photo by Carly Miller/BKLYNER)

Park Slope’s iconic French-Hungarian cafe has officially — and quietly — closed, owners confirmed today.

After the Sunday crowds shuffled out, owners of Cafe Dada at 57 7th Avenue between Lincoln Place & St Johns Place, put up a single ‘closed’ sign that remained during Monday morning rush hour.

Business partners and friends Laszlo Galambos and Gabor Ferencz, both from Hungary, seemed sad to see the place close when we stopped by this morning.

The cafe opened in 2012, in the former home of Ozzie’s, to offer Park Slope an eclectic mix of French-Hungarian fare, authentic European pastries, and rich Blue Bottle coffee in a former pre-war apothecary setting.

Though neighbors commented that the closure felt sudden, Galambos said they’ve been struggling for a few years, fighting the tide of rising costs and dwindling profits.

“We’ve been pushing and trying,” said Galambos. “But there’s been a decline on 7th Avenue.” He waved a hand toward shuttered businesses up and down the block. “There’s a huge hype about the neighborhood, prices have pumped up and many small businesses had to close.”

The snowballing business closures is an old story for many owners and neighbors on 7th Avenue, just in the past year we’ve said goodbye to Sport ProspectGear to Go Outfitters, Buttermilk Bakery, Scalino, Thistle Hill Tavern, Goldy + Mac, 4 Play Brooklyn, and A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn, and so many more in the neighborhood. (Get a big-picture look at Park Slope restaurants that opened and closed in 2016 here.)

(Photo by Carly Miller/BKLYNER)

Galambos said he’s not sure if another cafe is in their future, right now they’re just dealing with the immediate job of closing a business. In the coming days, the partners plan to put up more elaborate signs on the shop windows and post a farewell message on Facebook.

But for curious neighbors who want a last look, stop by tomorrow, June 28 between 9:30am and 6pm for their auction.

“This wasn’t what we planned,” said Galambos, noting that many longtime customers have been knocking on their door, sadly. “We love our customers, and thank them for their business.”

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  1. Yes businesses have closed in the past year, but I could name just as many that have opened as well.

    Why not put in the good news with the bad?

    Unfortunately as wonderful as Cafe Dada used to be when they opened, their coffee was terrible. Undrinkable almost. I go to Blue Bottle often and this coffee tastes nothing like the coffee you get at a Blue Bottle Cafe.
    Cafe Regular Du Nord is a block away and it’s usually a line out the door on Weekends and weekday mornings. A place with great coffee would kill it here as it has a huge amount of foot traffic, both from the Q train at 7th Avenue and the 2/3 at Grand Army Plaza.

    Blaming the closure on lack of traffic seems a bit unfair since it’s completely untrue. If anything 7th Avenue has become so packed on weekends, it’s difficult to traverse the narrow bluestone sidewalks in this area.

    I wish the owners well. They used to have these incredible almond croissants when they opened.

  2. Their food got worse and worse.

    The coffee got worse and worse.

    They had a credit card minimum that guaranteed people would go to Cafe Regular.

    I have no sympathy for them

  3. Just to throw a few cents in… great coffee, perfect atmosphere, memorable staff, and excellent food made a visit to Dada feel like a quick trip to Europe. It had so much character that it was iconic, and it had much to live up to, given the history of the space they selected to occupy. There are a few tweaks that might have helped, but it really does come down to rent (only a few landlords, in fact, own much of the commercial real estate along the strip), and the fact that fine food is really just not appreciated in that small pocket. Every great eatery there has closed over the past two decades, while Chipotle is packed. Maybe Starbucks can squeeze in another location there.

  4. Chiptole is packed? I live a block away and there are rarely more than 5 people in there at any given time. I honestly don’t know how they stay in business.

    Cafe Dada was not a “fine food” destination “anotherparksloperesident. It was a CAFE with a few salads, soups and sandwiches. Fine Food? You sound like the owner. Cafe Dada has a 3.5 rating on Yelp, which is really not good.

    As for the area not supporting anything nice, that’s rather ridiculous given the plethora of nice restaurants in the North Slope including Kiwiana, Franny’s, Scottadito, Tikka Grill, the excellent Ramen place across the street and one of the best Bahn Mi you can find at Bahnmigos also across the street.

    In a sign of an increasingly vibrant 7th Avenue, a brand new shoe repair shop just opened across from Dada along with a new art store. Cousin John’s manages to keep things going and pay the rent.

  5. OK-BYE
    You have no clue why certain things are done in a small business. You can’t talk about something you don’t understand. And I won’t waste time explaining it to you.
    You sound very lonely…
    I have sympathy for your soul…

    Parksloperesident
    You are wrong about the coffee Cafe Dada was using, so you can’t compare with Blue Bottle Cafe.

    Nothing is perfect, but good intentions make a difference…

    Anotherparksloperesident,
    Thanks for the kind words…

  6. Cafe Dada was the best place to meet friends and enjoy good food and pastries. Dada will be missed and we are loathed to find a better atmosphere to meet and feed on the tastiest morsels in Park Slope.

  7. King seems to be affiliated with the restaurant–either Laszlo Galambos or Gabor Ferencz–and should identify himself if he wants to insult former customers with remarks like, “I have sympathy for your soul” (whatever that means). Cafe Dada wasn’t “iconic” in the least (talk about an overused word) but it’s sad when any place has to close.

  8. I liked dada, but did anyone pay attention to how they treated the staff? They were terrible and its why we stopped going…

  9. I was a regular customer but never drink coffee. My husband does, but there’s not a place he commends in the neighborhood besides Blue Bottle or Cafe Grumpy (De Luxe of 5 yrs ago was the best before changing ownership). He also won’t go to cafe regular.

    I do think they may have had trouble reconciling being an Internet cafe and fine dining establishment.

    I enjoyed the Euro-bistro atmosphere and menu at cafe dada that I will be remiss to find elsewhere. I am Hungarian and appreciated the wine offerings and menu items that gave a nod to the owners’ heritage. The pastries were top notch with an ever-changing variety offered. I was away the week they closed and have returned shocked and it will be a large absence felt for me as Ive spent a few mornings a week there over the past year.

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