Oh my god. What. Candace is back. Thanks for being MIA for the past year basically. Ahem. Apologies! This semester is finally over, and it has been a long semester at that. However, with summer around the corner, this means more time to brunch (although maybe not because I am working an unpaid internship this summer so the money must be saved, but we can try). The week after finals were over, my friend and I headed to Citizens of Chelsea in Chelsea (no shit, Candace). The interior was super sleek and the ratings and prices of Yelp drew me here.
I ordered the Smashing Avocado, as seen on the left in this photo, and my friend ordered the Brekky Sandwich. I need to stop ordering avocado dishes because I know that I am allergic to it, but I also feel like most breakfast options opt for avocado in some form or another. The dish was extremely aesthetically pleasing and the beet blend on the side was a nice touch. However, it seemed to be lacking something (probably the eggs for me) to make it a completely filling dish. I enjoyed it, but I do not think that I would spend another $11 on something that was just okay. My friend’s dish looked quite small and seemed like a standard breakfast sandwich at $9, which wasn’t bad, but I’m not sure if it was worth it.
As per usual, my review is that the place is very chill and has a nice atmosphere to just sit and talk in. Also, if you sit in the corner, you may have to get up to usher someone over because you can just go in and sit, and no one really comes up to you (although when sitting in the corner, this is probably normal). It is a pretty quiet area with not too much around, so if you want to walk around after to talk more, this may not be the place for you. Compared to many of the other brunch places I’ve visited recently, it certainly runs on the cheaper end. However, in terms of it actually being worth it, I would probably try to find somewhere else with a little more variety and more filling options (for my personal taste).
Unfortunately, the dim atmosphere of this cafe has made the quality of these photos go down tremendously so the quality looks especially grainy. Also, I really tried for the phone picture of the food but the lighting made the food look extremely unappetizing. I apologize! While I was looking at Yelp reviews for this place, it said that it would be that Friends coffee shop if it was actually filmed on the Lower East Side. And I can attest to this.
The options for the cafe are quite limited in terms of food, so I ordered the “Cat’s Breakfast” which came with a two egg omelette with mushrooms and onions (I believe ham was also an option), a side salad and a toasted bagel with cream cheese (YAAS FOR CARBS). Altogether, that came out to $10.34 and I can say that I was definitely full by the end of it and powered through to finish it all.
The ambience is very nice and calming, and more quiet than I had expected. Not many people went to hang out with their friends, they mostly went for work or to just chill by themselves (at least on the Friday brunch time that I went). There is a printer available there, and free wifi. The mismatching furniture and brick walls are wonderfully rustic and just the right amount of shabby chic. So overall, I would recommend this cafe if you are looking for a quiet corner to hang out in and if you do not mind your photos being a little dim.
If we’re going to be totally honest, I would not have ventured to this cafe unless my friend from out of town suggested it. I’m glad I stumbled upon it though because it’s pretty darn cute. When I looked up the website earlier, I was very impressed by how trendy it looked. Then I searched on Yelp, as one does, to see that it only had a 3.5 star rating. I barely ever go if the Yelp rating is below 4 stars, especially if it is two dollar signs, but I had already promised my friend.
My friend ordered the Avo Toast, and I ordered my first Açai bowl ever. Unfortunately, my Açai bowl experience was not as good as I would have liked it to be. I was expecting more tart flavors, but the layers of coconut and chia seeds did not allow for that. The granola was not very crunchy, and I could not finish half of it because it just felt as if I was eating lumpy, sweet soup. My friend’s Avo Toast was more promising though. I am not sure if avocado toast is supposed to be warm, but ours was not and the bread was kind of hard. Yet again, I barely spend money on food, so I am not an avocado toast connoisseur and have no reference on how it should be texture wise.
Overall, my half eaten Açai bowl ended up being around $11 and I can definitely say it was not worth it. It is a super cute place with decent service , but definitely not worth the amount of money you are spending.