Australia’s culinary traditions are few, but the breakfast-and-espresso-centric cafe culture is strong. It’s hard to define an Australian cafe, but the overly-simple definition is that they’re restaurants with an equal emphasis on serving both top-notch food and standout coffee. There’s no core cuisine guiding these places, but the same dishes do tend to reappear across menus: ricotta hotcakes, bacon-and-egg “brekkie” (breakfast) rolls, soft-scrambled eggs, and — of course, considering it’s Australia’s invention — avocado toast is always essential.
Australians have flocked to New York City in the last decade, and some have opened cafes that embody that Aussie spirit. Happily, many of these local places feel as though they were lifted from inner-city Sydney or a Melbourne suburb. Here are the ones that rise above.Read More