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Henry & Pacific: Jam for Bread Café

John Francis | Sep 18, 2005 11:10 AM

I like this quirky café, which has to be a personal and heartfelt expression of its owner's personality. The theme is jazz, expressed in its name, the naming of the menu items, the decor, and the music, recorded most of the time but live on Sundays from noon to 3.

The place appears to be evolving to fit its neighborhood. Across the street from a playground, it has a play corner for kids; near the Long Island College Hospital, its menu is mainly about coffee and pastry, with take-out and delivery. A few books are on a shelf, presumably for customers' reading if they like. I don't see many people actually sitting at the tables during the daytime, though Internet access is promised (I don't have what it takes to use it) and that might attract more people as it gets known.

What the cafe isn't about is dining. If you're looking for a sandwich or salad, they do that, and the top price for almost everything is $5.50. "Danish Smorrebrod Open-Faced Sandwiches" named for classical composers have now been supplemented by "Country Picnic Lunches" most of which are the same ingredients on rolls, named for different classical composers.

The kid-friendly aspect has also been added to with "Healthy and Fun Kid Specials," such as a half-bagel face with cream cheese and vegetable pieces. Afternoons from 2-4, kids or their moms can decorate a cupcake with a choice of icing and sprinkles.

I've stopped in for coffee etc. a couple of times and probably will keep doing it; there aren't too many such places in just that neighborhood and to me this is more attractive than the others.

Test your musical literacy by identifying the melody that's the top and bottom border of the menu.

Jam for Bread Café
333 Henry Street (corner of Pacific Street)
Monday-Friday 6:30am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 10pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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