Is this Secret Café the Most Instagrammable Restaurant in NYC?
Who would’ve guessed that in 2017, more than a few years into adulthood, we’d be keen to rekindle so many of our six-year-old obsessions? Unicorns. Rainbow sprinkles. Pop-Tarts. At this point, a Lisa Frank line of adult backpacks can’t be far off.
The mother of all whimsical trends, though, is millennial pink (you know, that feel-good color that’s taking over everything from sneakers to makeup). And now there’s a perfect place to indulge our love of the shade: a semi-secret café in Bushwick that’s entirely decked out in rose-quartz hues.
Carthage Must Be Destroyed, which opened last fall (and we use the term “opened” loosely, as it’s hidden off the street down an unmarked driveway), has ignited something of a social-media flurry because, well, it’s really, really pretty.
The converted warehouse offsets its industrial bones with pink walls, pink dishware, pink stools…there’s even a pink espresso machine. Is it gimmicky? Yes. Are we totally drinking the (pink-tinged) Kool-Aid? Hell, yes.
Like so many of the city’s newer food-focused cafés, CMBD is Australian—it’s actually a spin-off of a Sydney spot called Bread & Circus, which employs the very same color scheme. And if on paper it sounds like it was created in a think tank to incorporate as many millennial buzzwords as possible (avocado toast! succulents! yoga studio in the basement!), in reality the overall effect is surprisingly welcoming.
The menu includes all-day breakfast, with dishes like “summer on toast” (“summer” meaning goat’s feta, heirloom tomato and basil) or “breakfast with Gwyneth” which consists of fried eggs (free-range, naturally) with quinoa, chili, garlic and broccoli. To drink, there are young coconuts (complete with a pink-striped straw) and single-origin coffee.
Yes, you’ll probably see a few people standing on their chairs to get the perfect shot. (You might even be one of them.) But despite its on-the-nose aesthetic, it’s actually really likable: The food is good, the service is friendly…and if a pink cup perfectly complements our flat white, who are we to complain?