Bed-Stuy Tour: Bedford Hill
I've been hearing about Bedford Hill since it opened last year, but hadn't made it out until Tammi and I took our Bed-Stuy tour last weekend. It's on Franklin Avenue, on the same block as Sweet Revenge (where we ended the day about 12 hours later) and just blocks away from the border with Clinton Hill.
The initial shock of being the only black folks in the room in the heart of what used to be seriously "'hood" Bed-Stuy faded relatively quickly. The politics of the "Pratt Area" and the wave of gentrification are an nearly a force of nature in New York and I'm not about to blame a place like Bedford Hill for serving the new residents in the area.
If anything, my only complaint about Bedford Hill is how tight the space is. I'm a big guy and walking in in the middle of a rush, I was bumped and jostled every which way, even after I found a seat.
Still, once we had our food and the crowd died down, it was extraordinarily pleasant and my initial urge to flee relaxed. See the food after the jump.
Behind the counter, there were many interesting and tasty looking items on display, including the chocolate chip rosemary scones, which intrigues me. I passed on the sweets though - for the moment at least.
Instead, I had the egg sandwich, which is a toasted bagel filled with ripe tomato, cheese and avocado. The avocado in particular was something I'd never have picked, but it absolutely worked.
To drink, I had a pint of hot chocolate, which was wonderful. I have no idea how much liquid fits in a standard mug, but seeing it in a pint glass just made me feel like I was getting more. It was very satisfying.
I followed that up with a cupcake from Robicelli's. I love these guys and have met Alison and Matt a few times, but as someone who doesn't go for sweets often, I'm rarely in a place that sells their cupcakes. I was happy to try out their chocolate vanilla malt, which was rich and delicious.