PARK SLOPE – Having passed by the original Milk Bar on the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Prospect Place many times but never stopping in because of lines and packed tables, I was excited to learn that a second outpost was opening in Park Slope.
The new location of this popular café known for its brunch, lunch, and coffee, made its debut in late October at the former 6th Ave Gourmet Deli space on the corner of 6th Avenue and Union Street. BKLYNER stopped by this past weekend for brunch.
There was a steady flow of customers consisting of women dressed for the gym and families with small children parking their massive baby strollers out front.
Don’t expect Hungry Man-sized portions for brunch as the servings are on the small side. I ordered the sweet potato pancake ($11) and substituted the Black Forest ham with smoked salmon ($2 extra). It was the more substantial and satisfying of the two dishes we ordered. The two eggs were runny and perfectly poached and the generous helping of wilted baby kale on top added a nice bit of crispness. The Sriracha mayo gave the dish a nice dash of spice.
My brunch buddy ordered the scrambled eggs on brioche ($9). Three fluffy eggs with scallions were piled on top of a thick but dry piece of brioche. The creme fraîche listed in the menu description was “imperceptibly subtle,” my date described after finishing, noting that he was still hungry.
Along with the brunch options of eggs and toast dishes, Milk Bar offers a variety of salads and sandwiches and Counter Culture coffee. The space is bright and sunny, with large windows overlooking 6th Avenue, but seating is tight. We sat at one of the two wooden counters situated along the windows on either side of the front door.
Milk Bar’s kitchen closes at 3:30pm and the restaurant accepts cash only.
204 6th Avenue (at Union Street)