Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vegan Treats in an Oasis

Tons of things on my monstrosity of a "to-do" list but wandering into Pacific Oasis Cafe wasn't one of them. Nonetheless, I'm so glad that my hunger and curiosity led the way. What I came to find was the cutest cafe east of Franklin avenue. I pass this small storefront on my way to work every morning. Most of the time I'm on my bike so I'll just roll on by, no time for stopping. Actually, I first noticed this place being carved out last summer. I couldn't imagine what type of store it would be since it wasn't on the main street, Nostrand, but right around the corner on the less traveled Pacific street.


David Lalmiyev, 26, pictured above, officially opened the cafe on January 19, after acquiring it from the owners of the nearby Pacific Street Lofts. David has been a merchant in the neighborhood for the past 10 years with his brother who owns the shoe and jewelry shop around the corner on Nostrand. David has big plans for his shop, looking to add a sidewalk cafe, garden and adding summer fare like smoothies and fruit salads when the weather gets warmer. Ultimately, David wants to extend the store into a full scale restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and hookahs for after hours. 

The decor was a collaborative process, Yahirah Hernandez, girlfriend to David and shop supervisor, selected most of the furniture, light fixtures and asked her cousin, a master carpenter, to paint and assemble the major appliances. A great use of space, with most of the tables and chairs from Pier One Imports, the walls colored in green matte paint with gold sponge overlay, a flat screen TV suspended in the corner over a wicker love seat. A lovely spot, indeed.

Pacific Street Cafe has your expected fare, paninis, soup, bottled juices, coffee and various sweets. Then we come to the desserts, a variety of vegan treats. Most of the cafe's sweets come from local bakeries like the kosher certified L’estis Desserts, a major wedding cake vendor in the NYC metro area. Since, the sweets were the most prominent, I decided to photograph them, there they are:

Red Velvet


Chocolate Truffle with Almonds

Espresso Cake

Chocolate Cake with Gold Dust

The "Nostrand Park"

Homemade cookies and Yahaira

Delicious chicken noodle soup

Behind the scene...

Pacific Oasis Cafe
1295 Pacific Street 
bewteen Nostrand and New York Avenues
Brooklyn, New York
Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm