Bliss Cafe

Brooklyn, New York City

3.5 / 13 votes

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Tiny earthy/hippie veg cafe on Williamsburg's main drag

It's (surprisingly) one of the few fully vegetarian options in Williamsburg. Bliss offers simple, well-prepared vegetarian and vegan food in cramped, boho-shabby quarters. Though unselfconsciously hip itself, it's a perfect antidote to hipster-saturated Bedford Avenue.

With a basic herbivore menu–tofu, hijiki, seitan, beans, greens–the tiny open kitchen here turns out flavorful plates that arrive with thoughtful little touches. A generous pile of greens in a vegan Caesar is encircled by neat little squares of whole-grain bread; the wheat roll that accompanies a bowl of sturdy chili comes jauntily wedged on the rim of the bowl. Vegetables in entrées such as curried tofu and seitan in sweet citrus sauce are just this side of overcooked, but firm, fresh proteins provide good balance.

Delicious maple-sweetened desserts are all house-made but sometimes MIA; if it's the pastry chef's day off, you'll be lucky to get a vegan muffin left over from breakfast. The mostly local crowd (a veritable parade of hats, bangs, leggings, body modification, and oversized glasses) seems right at home with spacey service, mismatched wooden furniture, a wall of band flyers, and homegrown art.

Added by Halfie Julia on Feb 15 04 (last updated Nov 30 12)

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I gottta say that I am really underwhelmed with this place. For an established all-veg restaurant in the super veg-friendly WIlliamsburg neighborhood, their menu is uncreative and outdated (particularly brunch). Hummus wraps, tofu scramble and breakfast burritos? The menu is a long list of super basic veggie options that you find at really meaty places that don't know what the heck to offer vegans/vegetarians. An all vegetarian restaurant really needs to have a stronger menu.

I've had several of the dinner items (the curry is okay), and the vegan super nachos are good. They come with a great tofu sour cream that appeared to be homemade. The chili on top was really good, but was a bit runny, and perhaps would have been consumed more easily with a spoon.

I've been several times and the service has always been friendly, but sometimes inattentive. The space is tiny, but I love the old, wood tables (some which have matching benches) that remind me of a Norhtern getaway lodge in the woods.

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I love that they serve breakfast until 4pm and have lots of vegan items. But most of the items are on the bland side, and I like flavorful food. More importantly, it's lacking that warm and welcoming feeling that makes you love a restaurant and keep coming back even if the food is so-so.

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Neighborhood

Williamsburg

Directions

Between N 6th and N 7th Streets
L train to Bedford

Non-Smoking

Prices

$$ - average

Cash Only

Cuisines

  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)

Features

  • Brunch
  • Delivery

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Hours

9am - 11pm
10am - 11pm

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