Butler Bakeshop

Photographs by Jess Nash

Photographs by Jess Nash

Hugo Murray, one of the co-founders of Williamsburg's latest spot-of-the-moment, Butler, has hit upon a sweet spot—literally.

Barely six weeks old, Butler is the Australian's first foray into the food world (his background is in advertising), but has already proven itself as a must-visit destination. Situated on the corner of Berry and South 5th Street under the Williamsburg Bridge, the airy, plant-filled space seems custom-designed for Instagram. Low lighting, brass tabletops, and pastel colored coffee cups are positioned alongside caramel hued booth seating and robin's egg blue ceramics. The aesthetics however, are merely beautiful companions to the (seriously) incredible food. Murray partnered with industry veteran Rod Coligado and Michelin-starred chef Ryan Butler (former executive pastry chef of Piora) whom he met through friends when conceptualizing the cafe. The result is a compendium of truly delicious food. Whilst salads and sandwiches feature on the menu, the standouts are the pastries, which range from a breakfast empanada (a melt-in-your-mouth pastry stuffed with eggs and bacon), a to-die-for chocolate brownie with dulce de leche, an Australian staple—the sausage roll, a Morning Glory muffin with carrot, coconut, and pineapple, and a herb and chili scone served with whipped butter that will take every idea you had of a scone and turn it on its head. 

There's also Intelligentsia coffee (which you can order from a side window during busier times), and in the future fresh smoothies and juices. For Murray, Butler is a chance to offer high quality pastries, quick to-go lunches and breakfast, and delicious coffee all in one spot. "There's nothing like Sydney's famous bakery, Bourke St Bakery, in New York," he explained over coffee. "Bakery's aren't really go-to spots for New Yorkers, and I wanted to create one." Bourke St is known for its incredible pastries, pies, and breads, and soon, we predict Butler will be too.

Butler, 95 South 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Cafe Medi on Rivington

A new restaurant opens with fanfare daily in New York, so deciding which one to stop by is almost a task in itself. Cafe Medi, a new Mediterranean restaurant located within the Rivington Hotel in New York's Lower East Side, is definitely worth perusing. 

Outfitted with rustic chairs, Amalfi-coast worthy murals, and romantic, dramatic lights, this is one of those rare occasions where the atmosphere is just as good as the food. Heavily Mediterranean-inspired, the menu consists of favorites like octopus, fluke ceviche, and plenty of fish. Standouts include the peaches and burrata, jumbo shrimp, and spring pea risotto (which is at once refreshing and full of flavor). And don't forget to wait for dessert. 

Visit Cafe Medi


Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market NYC

Located in New York's Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is a cafe worth visiting (even if the rest of store, stocked with Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, and dozens of other unique designers, doesn't tempt you). 

The bakery, which is the first US location from the acclaimed Parisian-based cafe by the same name, boasts a farm fresh menu that changes daily according to what's in season. And (almost) everything, down to the breads and pastries, is made in house by head chef Matthew Lodes. Standouts on the menu include the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and the daily Assiette de Legumes, a bowl filled with a mix of vegetables, salads and grains that changes daily. 

The smallest details also offer up the biggest points of difference. Dishware is sourced from Californa-based ceramics line Heath Clay Studio, whose designer, director and ceramic artist Tung Chiang also created a limited collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic objects which will be on show and available exclusively at the store, marking the first time Tung has chosen to show his work outside of shows at Heath Ceramics. We guarantee you'll be back more than once.

Rose Bakery, 160 Lexington Ave, New York. 

La Piscine at Hotel Americano

Come summer, all of New York seems to flock to the rooftops, spending their evenings sipping cocktails whilst admiring the skylines. Naturally, a plethora of new places pop up each season, beckoning the fashionable crowds.

This summer, Hotel Americano has opened their new rooftop and pool, aptly named La Piscine. The space includes a bar, restaurant (Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Greek salad, grilled lobster and falafel are on the menu), and for the daring, a plunge pool. The mood is chilled, the food delicious—they even have an ice cream cone for dessert—and the location perfectly suited for the West Side. Add it to your summer drinks list.

La Piscine at Hotel Americano, 518 W 27th St, New York.

Alfred Tea Room

Much like New York, artisanal coffee shops act as landmarks on almost every hip street in  Los Angeles. From Intelligentsia in Venice to Verve in West Hollywood to Blacktop Coffee in the Arts District, an LA native simply does not go more than a couple of days without seeking refuge at one of these on-point purveyors of caffeine and prime people watching. In 2013, Alfred Coffee & Kitchen raised the bar when it opened its doors on Melrose, and has since dominated with the addition of five locations. It’s newest installation however, Alfred Tea Room, is devastatingly chic. Floor-to-ceiling pink tiles, decorative flora in every corner, and a seemingly infinite, aptly named “fancy pink tea menu” of choices nearly too pretty to drink, Alfred Tea Room will undoubtedly entice coffee devotees to trade in their Americano for a decadent Matcha Latté (already one of the most popular drinks on the menu) or a refreshing “flash iced” Oolong. 

The Must-try’s

  • Seasonal Ginger Chai Mule & Matcha Lavender Mimosa
  • Earl Grey & Rose Boba Milk Tea
  • Matcha Four Ways: Shot, Cortado, Latte, or Ceremonial  
  • Fresh Brewed Kombucha On Tap

Alfred Tea Room, 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles

- Written by Hero Stevenson