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Bowery to Williamsburg Cafe

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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
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Published July 9th 2014
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Dining subway style.
'American' is the latest fad in Melbourne food circles, and Bowery to Williamsburg has an obvious New York angle. It can also possibly win the award for restaurant most dedicated to its theme.

Bowery to Williamsburg also has 'New York funk' stamped all over it, from its cool little hiding-place address off the Paris end of Flinders Lane to its railway blackboard menus. You've got to admire a place that has tabasco sauce on its tables as a staple condiment.

The menu is all-Yankee. Bagels, pretzels, pickles. I was suckered in by the hotcake special: a couple of pancakes with caramel sauce and coffee cream. My dining companions resisted such base temptations and went for the sandwiches. I feel they made the wiser choice, although the child in me was jumping up and down in excitement at being fed so much sugar at lunchtime. Their choices were a little more interesting: a salmon-slathered bagel, corn cakes and pastrami on rye.

The meals make for a filling lunch. One companion went in for the ' side' offer and had way too much to handle with mac cheese and a pickle accompanying his sandwich. The coffee also gets a thumbs up; something that is not always guaranteed, even in the CBD.

Bowery to Williamsburg is a perfectly suitable little spot for anyone looking for something different in the CBD. As far as Melbourne's food scene goes, though, I can't help but feel that we've been flooded with US-style food places, and I for one am waiting for the tide to recede enough to see which places actually offer interesting food (macaroni cheese as a side - seriously, guys. Stop it.). While the fad lasts, Bowery to Williamsburg at least provides CBD diners with something more than meatballs.

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Phone: 03 9077 0162
Where: 16 Oliver Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000
Cost: $10 - $20
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