The other day I stopped by MacDonough Cafe — which just celebrated its one month anniversary — on the corner of MacDonough and Saratoga. Bed Stuy residents Nadia and Benoit live in an apartment above the building and were hard pressed to find a casual, sit-down cafe in the eastern end of neighborhood. And so they opened MacDonough Cafe in the ground floor commercial space of the building to serve coffee, tea, pastries, breakfast and lunch items.
The menu covers a lot of ground — you can see it here. Nadia told me that they wanted to serve classic items with a twist, like the “B.S.T.,” a BLT with spinach instead of lettuce. She said that one of the most popular items so far is The Smokey, a sliced turkey and provolone cheese sandwich served with spinach, roasted tomato, honey mustard and mayo. I was also eyeing the Baked Sandwich, which is a baked egg with a herbed goat cheese cream spread and roasted peppers. Since I came after lunchtime (I’ll be back!) I tried an iced tea and a really awesome homemade zucchini muffin. All the baked goods are made on site from scratch, and everything else is made with fresh and natural foods, no artificial preservatives or antibiotics.
There are also a variety of smoothies, cold brew coffee, outdoor seating and free wi-fi. Overall it’s a lovely, big, bright, friendly cafe that seems like a great addition to that end area of the nabe. You can follow the cafe’s news on Facebook — Nadia told me to stay tuned for some upcoming community, kid-friendly events. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 7am to 6pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm.