Shoved in the middle of Bed Stuy lies the Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, littered with the cult of boho-chic iconography ranging from the standout rugs, to the abstract art, to the color palette.
Stonefruit stands as a frequent neighborhood stop emerging from a Kickstarter in 2015 and hauling locals and people parading off the G.
Their motto is farm to table, boasting seasonal produce from the fresh avocado to the crisp Shewolf bread. I stuffed my face like it was my death row meal.
Organic farming practices lend to tasteful dishes with the flavor of ethics, care, and simplicity.
While the meals may versatile and experimental, you’re not just served a tablespoon of microgreens with agave nectar and expected to smile about it.
This care and acute passion towards fulfillment and things with meaning translates to their overall design and makes it so special to us.
It is a deceivingly large space with plenty of room for people to sit for different moods and means.
Upon first walking in you stumble upon a lounge section reminiscent of a windowsill reading nook, which seems to be a popular place for parents and their children to sprawl, read, and share a piece of cake.
There are tables-for-two to sit at, a high-rise slab table with bar stool seating for those looking to do work, and upon entering the back botanical edition of the cafe…you find an impossibly long dining table surrounded by greenery, succulents, and cut-blooms making me feel like a plant GLUTTON.
A King Midas, if you will, of roots, leaves, and forestry. A Steph Curry with the watering can.
The white walls are complemented by an abundance of large windows, allowing light to trickle in and outline the macrame on the walls, the white tile behind the bar, and the stone-grey adorning the floors.
This is a positive environment far away from dimly lit institutions of the same menu that breed your nihilist isolationist tactics instead of fostering your actual creativity.
They mix mediums with unfinished wood, steel, and the obvious natural influences from the founder Laura Sorensen‘s love of greenery.
As far as the gentrification aspect, or if they’re participating in any sort of Bed Stuy renewal (that doesn’t need of renewing), possibly, sure.
However, different from other rental gentrification or elitist restaurants that raise prices on ciabatta they place special attention on really sourcing from the local New York environment supporting other local businesses, farms, and family institutions for their food and supplies.
Take it for what it is.
And I take it as a space that is quintessentially Hipster Brooklyn, down to strings of glass bulbs hanging from the ceiling to the entry rug that simply states “welcome to the jungle”.
Stonefruit is a layered jungle, one of thick canopy and bouquet, and the other, the customers and neighborhood that don’t let you forget, this is New York, this is Bed Stuy.
P.S. most materials they used in the cafe are salvaged and repurposed, Y-E-S