The primary time I met Lunna, the namesake of this immediately likable new cafe on Central Avenue in Bushwick, she was busy wiping down the open entrance door with a tiny tissue. As I approached to say good day and go inside, she prolonged her arm and started scrubbing my hand with a rag, a sport we proceeded to play for a number of minutes.
Lunna, it ought to be mentioned, is eighteen months outdated, and the daughter of Yashary Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican-born Bushwick resident who opened Lunna’s Cafe a couple of month in the past.
Rodriguez purchased the place final fall from her dad—he ran it as Seven Sushi, then Tacos Molly, earlier than getting out of the enterprise totally when the pandemic hit). She has utterly reworked the interior–among different issues, there’s now a swing–built a stunning curbside eating space, and gave the neighborhood a pleasant new go-to for daytime espresso, feasting and/or enjoyable.
“Since I used to be 18 in Puerto Rico I’ve labored as a bartender and waitress in all types of locations,” Rodgriguez informed Gothamist. “And the factor I like most about it’s the service that I give folks, making them really feel snug and at dwelling. So opening my very own restaurant felt like the precise subsequent step.”
The brunchy all-day menu at Lunna’s Cafe is easy and interesting, with a number of strong vegan and vegetarian choices in each class. The vegan Energy Waffle, for instance, is produced from oat, chia seed, flaxseed, and soy milk, however did not style wherever close to as austere as that will sound, particularly with all these berries (and cashews! and powdered sugar!) on prime, in addition to a drenching of maple syrup. Different dishes on the candy aspect of issues embody Nutella Pancakes and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast.
The Energy Tofu Scramble, studded with mushrooms, onions, peppers, and cilantro, additionally made for a satisfying meal, accompanied by sliced, spicy vegan sausage and a pile of some first-rate dwelling fries, cooked up crisp from a number of types of potatoes. The Avocado Toast was actually extra like Guacamole Toast, which is okay with me when the guac is that this good. It is an enormous portion too, so be at liberty to separate it with somebody as a aspect dish.
Lunna’s Margherita Flatbread ate like an afterschool snack, putting the suitable steadiness among the many tomato sauce (not too candy), melted mozzarella (gooey), and “crust” (tender and doughy). There are additionally a few massive salads accessible, a pair of Turkey Sliders that include these nice dwelling fries, and precise eggs which you’ll order scrambled or fried on toast with turkey bacon. For a barely foolish sugary deal with, get the Cookies and Cream Latte.
Total, Lunna’s is a nice neighborhood cafe, nothing flashy right here, as an alternative you may discover they’re serving up an ideal homecooked vibe (maintain the meat).
Lunna’s Cafe is situated at 157 Central Avenue, between Willoughby Avenue and Suydam Avenue, and is presently open on Tuesdays by way of Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (@lunnascafe)