A quaint, brightly lit corner on Greenwich Avenue that crowds quickly for some good coffee and vegetable-loaded brunch on the weekends.
While the wait for a table during the peak weekend brunch hours at Bluestone Lane Collective Café can get tiresome quickly for those who don't anticipate wasting away their mornings, the atmosphere and food here are so pleasant that it's often worth the wait. Particularly during the warmer months, snagging a table outside on the sidewalk becomes a lovely experience, with so few restaurants on this particular street offering al fresco dining.
The food is exactly what you would expect at this new, popular brand of cafe dominated by twenty-somethings, full of fresh, healthy ingredients that seem just a little bit indulgent. The Avocado Smash seems to get carried at least once to every table, with a thick layer of mashed avocado spread on hearty, seeded toast with tahini, heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts, and a little drizzle of olive oil. For a little extra protein and flavor, a poached egg can be added on top. The Morning Bowl is also right on track with kale, broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes, pickled beets, sauerkraut, sprouts, and a poached egg served over some warm brown rice.
Fitting with the Australian ownership of the Cafe, most of the staff is Australian (and young and attractive, another way to draw a plethora of West Village locals), and is typically friendly and accommodating in spite of the hungry customers and longer waits. For a sunny morning or early afternoon in the summer, waiting for some food that relishes in the flavors of a warmer climate is not just a popular idea, but a good one.