A New Cafe in Chinatown

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Sharkey’s Cafe debuted recently on Mulberry Street across the famous Columbus Park in Chinatown. I had the privilege of meeting Jen Sharkey, the owner of the cafe on its grand opening day and ever since, I love popping by to say hello and getting a coffee and a croissant (or two!!) to go. Her dream had been to open a small sandwich shop and it was a joy to hear all about her progress and how everything has been. She is super sweet and a joy to talk to!  Last Friday, I did a mini photo shoot and tried some of her signature sandwiches – I had such a great time! 

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A window display of cupcakes, scones, and croissants greets you when you walk in while a small, comfortable area offers you a few seats to enjoy your stay. There is only 1 table with 2 chairs, but the left side offers a few high chairs to sit. (Table for two, anyone?)  🙂

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Sharkey’s offers delicious baked goods from Balthazar Bakery and coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company. Some of the desserts are made by Jen herself – and they are worth a try!!  There’s always something new so be open minded to a lovely surprise! I got to try her peanut butter cookies which were bold in flavor, that although it’s crispy at first, it melts in your mouth immediately after, especially fresh and hot out of the oven!  Ahh, dreaming about them as I write this post ….

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Using fresh bread from Balthazar, Jen makes sandwiches right in front of you after you order. It was such a pleasure being able to try some of them. My ultimate favorite was the Hearty Turkey pictured directly below. Filled with fresh guacamole, swiss cheese, honey maple turkey, and mayonnaise on ciabatta bread, it was not dry like turkey can be and the bread was chewy and crispy at the same time. 

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Below is the most popular sandwich thus far: Pope Francis. Between a cut baguette is a generous portion of fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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Lastly, I tried the Smoked Turkey Club (smoked turkey, swiss, dijon, and herb mayo on sourdough bread). Nothing can go wrong with herb mayo 🙂 image

Although I love the food in the Chinatown area, I’m really glad there’s a new option in town!  A special thanks to Jen Sharkey for your awesome sandwiches and conversations – wish you all the best and I’ll see you very soon!

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