My boyfriend has been living in Prospects Lefferts Gardens area for close to two years now, and we really don't know a thing about the neighborhood. I'm not sure if it's because we've been busy commuting in and out of Manhattan because of school and internships (probably), but his neighborhood really never was a place we really got to explore much.
Let me just tell you one thing, if you're ever in town and don't know what to eat, the Yelp app is your absolute best friend. The conversation went something like this:
BF: Why don't we ever explore around here?
Me: Eh, I don't know? Do you think there's cool places to chill around?
BF: I'm sure there's something.. no?
And so I downloaded and opened the Yelp app and searched up this area! And the first place we came to find was PELS Pies Co! It had stellar reviews for its pies, they had pies, and we were craving pies (I mean, come on. Pie.)
I think the best thing about PELS is just how dang simple of a place it is. It's a small bakery/coffee shop and that is what you'll find when you visit. I loved the juxtaposition of the classical and rustic bohemian decor. Frankly, I'm really not sure if the juxtaposition was planned or they literally just brought in a bunch of decor and threw them in together, but somehow, everything just works.
If their decor is simple, then their menu is even more simple. Biscuits, brownies, muffins, pies and coffee! That's it! Oh, and alcohol. I found it kind of random to serve wine in this setting but maybe pie and alcohol go well together? Actually, the more I think about the combination, the better it sounds.
"pies and wine... mm.."
We tried the bacon and onion biscuit, the pumpkin pie and got a iced latte and earl grey tea for drinks. Surprisingly, for how much coffee I drink on a weekly basis, I'm quite surprised that I really don't know that much about coffee grinds and things like that. So I have a personal scale I use that is as simple as "1-2-3". Literally. Really good, rich, yummy coffee is a "3". A "2" is coffee that I am not sure if I like or not because I am a cranky zombie and just need to pour coffee down my throat. A "1" coffee is coffee that I deem just poop water. That's that.
"3 = bomb coffee. 2 = eh...? 1 = poop water."
So, yay! The coffee was a solid three! The iced latte was rich and just, perfect. The bacon and onion biscuit was surprisingly super soft and puffy, almost like puff pastry and it was really yummy! But the main reason we came here was for the pie, let's be honest. And unfortunately they did not have all their pies on that day so we only got to try out their pumpkin pie.
But, dude. Like.... dude. That pie. I am not a food critic so I barely know how to phrase the sensations that I feel when I eat a yummy thing but let me just tell you - there is a reason why this place has the word "pie" in it's name. The pumpkin pie was delicious. The pumpkin was appropriately tangy and savory and there was even a thin-thin layer of chocolate on the crust which added a hint of sweet into the bite. And once again the crust seemed to be made of something like puff pastry so it was soft and light and went perfectly with the pumpkin.
FOOD: simple, sweet, yummy! you will ragret forever if you do not try their pies.
SERVICE: the barista was super nice!
ATMOSPHERE: small and cozy
WORTH: prices seem to be typical of a cafe, pretty affordable!
MY TIP: bring a laptop and do some work while eating pie! (and then eat another pie... and another..)
OVERALL: 5/5, if you're ever (ever) around prospects lefferts, this place is a breath of fresh air!
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