Pushcart Breakfast

January 16, 2012


We had one final stop on our tour of NYC this weekend – a visit to Pushcart Coffee, which KERF reader Lisa opened last year! She actually was thinking about moving to Cville and came to visit me but yesterday I got an email that she had a change of heart and bought a coffee shop instead!


We walked 3/4 of a mile there for breakfast this morning and met up with Ashley and Bo.


We paid our tributes to Mr. Jefferson on the way



Lisa and her business partner have done an outstanding job on the shop. They have a sweet breakfast menu as well as sandwiches and in addition to coffee, they’re also making scratch-made rugelach, a traditional Jewish pastry made of flaky layers of dough and filling. True to their lower east side neighborhood roots.


I went three for three on yogurt and granola. Can’t get enough this weekend! It’s such a great breakfast balanced with protein and carbs.


This was the best granola of the weekend – made in the coffee shop.


Café au Lait



We also tried a baked [gluten-free] donut that was very tasty!


Lisa brought out some of the rugelach on the house for us to try.


It was fantastic! Like a flaky cinnamon roll


Pushcart Coffee is very blogger friendly : )

We said farewell to Ash and Bo and are headed to the train station now.


I have mixed emotions about going home. On the one hand, I love mountains, small towns and quaint neighborhood streets. But on the other hand this trip plucked at my urban side. I will have to find ways to be more urban in Cville [like actually GOING to our coffee shops!]


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1 [email protected] January 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

Peter bought a box of rulegach from Costco and it was incredible—I can only IMAGINE how good it was freshly made at Pushcart Coffee! It’s always difficult leaving NYC. Love that city.


2 trang January 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’m not a big fan of the rugelach from costco either…


3 Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Weird comment! She said it was incredible! Haha…


4 trang January 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

haha i just saw that! thanks. oopsies.


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

Wow, what a cute little coffee shop!! I love freshly baked granola and theirs looks delicious. I’m dying to go to NYC!


6 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

I actually have been preferring gluten free donuts lately! Weird.


7 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

Looks like an amazing trip! I feel ya on the urban thing. Our recent trip to Chicago has me really thinking I could be a permanent city gal making a trip to the burbs for relaxation on the weekends! :-) Safe travels!


8 [email protected] Nutritious January 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

I was trying so hard to not have a second cup of coffee today, but that picture made me cave. The granola and coffee shop look amazing!


9 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My ipad auto-corrected my link!


10 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

i’ve never been to NYC – definitely on my list of places i want to visit in the near future! the coffee shop sounds great, and that rugelach looks amazing!


11 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

It’s so great that you meet up with bloggers+ and readers, Kath! And that coffee shop looks like a blogger happy place. 😉


12 melissa (fitnessnyc) January 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

If you can like the city when it’s this cold, you are meant to be here. I am embarassingly infatuated with the city and even I wish I was somewhere else on these bitter days :). Glad you enjoyed your trip! Come back soon.


13 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl January 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

Haha. Move to cville or by a coffee shop. LOL. That’s great. Looks like a fun & friendly coffee shop. I am glad you had a good time in NY. Definitely a place I want to visit.

btw, the granola looks scrumptious! Have a safe trip back home.


14 Khushboo January 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

Pushcart sounds wonderful, definitely somewhere i would love to try!


15 lindzjane115 January 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

Glad you had fun in NYC! After 4 years in Cville at UVA, I moved to NYC for grad school, and spent 2 years as a big city gal… My husband and I moved back to Cville in June, and it was a very welcome homecoming! The city is fun for a while, and so fun to get to know by living there, but wide open spaces and mountain views with a semi-urban feel make Cville the better place in my opinion!


16 lindzjane115 January 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

Oh, and if you are aching for an urban coffee shop meet up, I’d love to meet you downtown sometime! Java Java, Mudhouse, Cafe Cubano…the options are endless!


17 Glora January 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Let’s be frank here. Cville a semi-urban feel? Gimme a break. I’ve been there and was bored after a long w/e. Just IMO


18 KathEats January 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Well I’ve lived there a year and a half and there are plenty of things to do. You probably didn’t know where to look


19 Glora January 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Compared to NY? C’mon now.


20 JessicaE January 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Ya know Gloria, there is way to state your opposing opinions without sounding rude and untactful…. I hope you discover it.


21 KathEats January 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

No, of course NYC has more, but Cville is not boring. I agree with Jessica


22 KathEats January 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Absolutely! What’s your schedule like?


23 Lindzjane115 January 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Thursday mornings are best for me, but I can also do Monday or Wednesday evenings (after 5pm)!


24 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I love rugelach and that looks amazing!


25 Mom January 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love coffee shops! Congratulations Lisa, and the rulegach looks divine.


26 Lisa Fischoff January 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm
27 Glora January 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I lurve rugelach! So use to seeing it in delis from the time I was a kid so it’s funny you have to explain it! =)


28 Christine @ BookishlyB January 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I love successful start-up stories. It can be so hard to take the leap; good for her!


29 Cait's Plate January 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

That place looks incredible! It looks like a cozier Le Pain Quotidien! Good for her for opening it – that’s amazing. Glad you enjoyed your trip!


30 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

what an amazing weekend! i can tell just by looking at that granola it is homemade… with extra love of course :) and the donut looks fantastic! safe travels home.


31 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) January 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm

That looks like such a wonderful trip! I too struggled with City Mouse/Country Mouse Syndrome. I live right outside of Boulder in a little town, so it’s kind of the best of both worlds. Beautiful photos and nails.


32 Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets January 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

That coffee shop looks amazing. yay!


33 Cait @ Beyond Bananas January 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Love all of your NYC pics.. just caught up on em all! Looks like you had a great trip! And it is SO cold up in the area! I can’t take it! Bring me SUMMER


34 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal January 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

You’ve got me salivating, not fair. It seems you had a great trip. My husband and I are definitely very urban….which sucks cus we are stuck in WV due to my job. But since I get to move soon, we are looking into NYC, Philly or Houston. Can’t wait for sure.


35 Glora January 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

NYC! Houston is all driving and flat– boo. Philly has a nice vibe to it but it’s no NY!


36 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal January 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I agree! Definitely getting excited all over!


37 Glora January 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

yay! Just use my suggestions above for cheapie things in NY–the city and boroughs are full of ’em– just requires poking around on websites and TimeOutNY!


38 Glora January 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

and if you live in the boroughs– ike a Queens girl like myself– you have easy access to the city! And tons of stuff for kids… I have fond memories of going to the Museum of Natural History every w/e to see the dinosaurs =) and FAO Schwartz for Xmas!


39 Jen January 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Is it really expensive to live in the city though? Y’know – without having to roommate it or live in a studio flat?


40 Glora January 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

In the city, yes, of course, save for if you live in Spanish Harlem or an area as such


41 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

mmmm tasty! Looks like a fun breakfast–that donut looks good too.


42 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Those little donuts are adorable! Mini deserts are the best!


43 Angel7 January 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Pushcart Coffee looks like an uber-cool place! I love cool places like that!

I love to visit N.Y.C.–the hustle and bustle of Christmas time is fun, but it is usually extremely cold that time of the year!

Have a safe trip home, Kath!



44 Karen January 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Rulegach instantly brings to mind the sweet smell of my grandma’s kitchen. Wow, did you pack in a lot of fun this weekend!


45 Allison January 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I always am reminded how much I love the city after visiting NYC- the convenience of everything being right at your fingertips is always nice :) Have safe travels home!

P.S. What is rugelach?! It looks like a cinnamon croissant?!


46 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal January 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Had thesame question :) In my head


47 Lisa Fischoff January 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Rugelach are traditional Jewish Cookies typically filled with raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, poppy seed, or fruit preserves. It translates from Yiddish to mean something like “little twists” which makes sense since the traditional shape is like a little rolled crescent shape. At Pushcart Coffee, however, we chose to make them larger in a rolled cut shape (not too uncommon anymore either) so that we can fit more filling in them. They are historically rooted in the Lower East Side (where the shop is located) Jewish Tradition. Come by and try some!!


48 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Gluten free donuts?! Now you’re speaking my language! It’s great to hear that there are some super tasty ones out there!


49 Lisa Fischoff January 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm


The donuts are from a company called Ruby Bakes. It’s a start-up wholesale company and right now the only place to get their donuts (on a regular basis at least) is at Pushcart Coffee. Here’s their website if you’re interested in more! http://rubybakes.tumblr.com/



50 Lindsay @ bikingbeforebed January 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I always feel the same way after visiting a big city. Guess you will just have to make yourself some granola and ruegulah and start planning your next trip.


51 Lisa Fischoff January 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

It was good to see you today, Kath! Come visit again soon! Or I’ll see you in C-ville!


52 Jen January 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I know what you mean – there’s something about a bigger city that can make you feel more “alive”. It’s vibrant and fast-paced and great for young people. It’s the expenses that can kill you though! :)

Never had much success getting good granola at coffee-shops. It’s usually too sweet or heavy – but it would depend on the place of course.


53 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That coffee shop is so cute! I love Rugelach. It reminds of my grandparents. They were always eating rugelach at family functions. I haven’t had it in years!


54 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

My husband is Jewish and the women in his family make the most amazing rugelach. Ahhh, what I would give for a piece of it right now. Love the shots of yours. Looks delish!


55 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Bakery made granola breakfast with a latte and friends…you do know how to do it right! Safe trip home!


56 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

YAY! A gluten free donut!!! Haha. There’s hope for me! Oh gosh and that pastry looks absolutely delicious! I wish there were more coffee shops like that in my neighborhood in Chicago. I love local coffee shops, they have amazing menus and such great character.


57 Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Pushcart looks awesome! Definitely on my list for next time! NYC is such a fun place, like a whole other planet :)


58 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Looks like such a neat little cafe! The granola looks amazing


59 Allison K January 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I would love to try that gluten-free donut. And every other pastry made in that coffee shop.


60 [email protected] for the Soul January 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

What a cute cafe!! And the breakfast selections seems awesome~eating oatmeal somewhere else other than at home is so much fun haha. Only foodie bloggers would think that 😛


61 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Hmmm looks amazing! 😀


62 Nicole January 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love how supportive you are of your readers!! What a great little shop :]


63 Hillary January 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I feel like a bad Jew even admitting this, but rugelach is one of the only Jewish pastries I haven’t baked from scratch yet. I don’t think I could ever live up to my great-aunt’s, but you just reminded me why I need to at least try! They are SO good.


64 TeenyLittleSuperChef January 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Looks like a really fun place for breakfast. That’s one of the beauties of living in a big city. So many different options for dining out. I’m pretty sure there is only one fairly decent place for breakfast where we live and that might even be somewhat of a stretch. Small town living can be lovely, but I miss me some good restaurants. Looks like I need a little trip out to the N-Y-C too.
Have a safe trip back home!


65 Laurie January 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Everything looks so good!!! I want to go to NYC!!


66 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm



67 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

What a quaint little shop in the big city! I love little hidden gems like that.


68 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

That is definitely my kind of place. I would love to travel to a big city like that.


69 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

What a cute place! All of that food looks delicious!


70 Kathy S January 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I find it hard to go to coffee shops since I don’t drink coffee or tea.


71 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth January 17, 2012 at 5:27 am

That coffee shop looks amazing and I could eat your breakfast with huge smile on my face as it ALL looks fantastic. Good luck to the new owners and I hope it goes really well. I would love to do something like that but am not sure I have the courage!


72 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings January 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

looks like so much fun! Will you guys start making rugelach?? :) I love love love a good coffee shop/cafe!


73 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Never tried rugelach, but it looks amazing!


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