Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee at Midtown East’s Little Collins

Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee at Midtown East’s Little Collins

Front to back: The Smash and The Sweet Uncle Fred

Midtown East is doesn’t offer much in the way of lunch spots, but there is at least one hidden gem: Little Collins, a café over on Lexington Avenue offering breakfast, lunch and plenty of coffee. Last week, I stopped by to try some food and speak to owner Leon Unglik.

The café has been open for just under a year and in that time has acquired a strong customer base. Unglik recommended I visit after the lunch rush, yet the small space was still bustling with office workers at nearly 4 p.m. Part of their appeal is their ModBar: a system of state of the art espresso- and coffee-brewing machines that improve consistency. Little Collins also uses fresh, seasonal Counter Culture coffee.

The ModBar

Unglik says his favorite drink is, “when prepared correctly, a really good shot of espresso.” For food, he likes the Turkey Confit sandwich off their lunch menu. Two of the café’s most popular offerings come from their breakfast menu: The Smash and the Sweet Uncle Fred. I tried both.

The Smash consisted of avocado and feta “smashed” into a creamy mix atop a crunchy slice of toast. Topping it off were chili flakes—which gave the dish a kick of spice—and pumpkin seeds. The second dish was decidedly more sweet than savory: banana bread with ricotta, nuts and berries. The rest of the menu features even more fresh alternatives to typical breakfast and lunch fare.

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