The name of this cafe alone made us want to check out Van Gogh’s Ear. It’s not often that we get to hang out at a coffee shop and enjoy some live music. So, we were thrilled to find out that Tuesday is Open Mic night at Van Gogh’s Ear.
We got to sample some food and hear some great musicians. Perfect evening!
We started out with Ali Baba’s Feast as an appetizer. Bulgar wheat tabouleh that was filled with crunchy cucumber and onions, white bean spread that was deliciously garlicky and filled with herbs and a hummus that was creamy and nice. Toasted pita served on the side. Really enjoyable way to share a few bites while listening to the first Open Mic participant.
I had the Turkey Brie and Apple sandwich later in the night and it was so good! Lightly warmed baked apple slices made the brie a little melty. The bread was fresh and soft. Turkey and salad greens servings were both generous. A delightful little sandwich.
Next up was the pulled pork. It looked a little dry when it was served but it turned out to be very tender and moist. Just enough heat and BBQ sauce to make it nicely flavored but not overly drippy which is sometimes a problem with pulled pork. Both sandwiches were served with a tasty penne macaroni salad.
We weren’t going to have dessert but we were there long enough that we saw a Tollhouse Cookie Tart walk by and knew that we needed to have that. The tart was so soft that it was amazingly like eating warm cookie dough. There was dark fudge inside the tart and it was served with ice cream and whipped cream. Wow, that’s a dessert! Luckily, we shared one because you would have had to roll me out if I would have had to finish that all by myself. Be ready for rich decadence if you order this… but it’s totally worth it.
The cafe has lots of tables in the middle and armchairs with coffee tables around the edges. It is low light and feels quite cozy. Bookcases, paintings and unique pieces of art are sprinkled about. There are empty wine bottles with string lights in them in a few places which is a nice touch. Of course a Starry Night mural takes up a large part of one wall. There’s also outdoor seating at the back of the cafe.
We were so pleased to finally make it to Van Gogh’s Ear and even more pleased when it turned out to be our new favorite coffee (and more) shop. Check it out for yourself!
1017 Stuyvesant Ave., Union
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