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Mar 10, 2014 07:54 AM

Under the category of "culture clash" and "world's collide" in kosher food

There is a new coffee/bagel cafe inside Evergreen market in Monsey catering to those of Chasidish persuasion (officially for everyone) who like a nice frappucino with a fancy looking salad. Here's what makes this place special. You can order (as the woman on line in front of me did) low-fat tuna on a whole wheat bagel with fried onions on top. :) If scrambled eggs is not enough, you can do scrambled eggs with cream in it. And so on and so forth. I just had a huge smile on my face the whole time listening to people order. I didn't try the fancy coffee this time, but I will the next time I want to shoot myself in the head and go back to Evergreen around a holiday time.

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  1. I don't understand what makes it special.

    11 Replies
    1. re: DeisCane

      It isn't special, but it is unusual to have "fried onions" as one of the topping options next to lettuce and avocado. And, I'm not sure where you can see scrambled eggs with cream on the menu next to regular scrambled eggs. It's just a weird mix of "hip" cafe meets Williamsburg. That's all.

      1. re: cappucino

        It is funny. Like being offered Cherries Jubilee and asking for RichWhip. It's the juxtaposition that makes you laugh, like if a hot pop-up restaurant was called Haimish Hipster. Oh, wait, someone already ran that gag

        1. re: AdinaA

          For the record H+H is a mad culinary scientist and a genius par excellence. He is the living embodiment of worlds colliding, case and point, his offering today ~ Today's sandwich at hassid+hipster- Lamb Bánh mì- Cumin spiced lamb belly, Pickled carrot & daikon radish, Cilantro salsa verde, Porcini aioli, Baguette. Cream in your eggs with fried onions by comparison...not so mold breaking.

          1. re: gotcholent

            True. And my only complain is that Hassid & Hipster is not making Bánh mì in my neighborhood. I have a bad case of foodie brownstone Brooklyn envy.

        2. re: cappucino

          Lots of restaurants have the opportunity to put fried onions on a sandwich. Or does fried onions mean something other than what I'm thinking of?

            1. re: weinstein5

              In the stainless steel wells that hold all the toppings for the sandwiches, you will see lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocados and onions that have been fried in a pan of oil (the kind you put on a steak). That is what I mean. It is odd and funny.

              1. re: cappucino

                Maybe in kosher stores/delis that is not common but in many treyf bodegas/delis in NYC, you will see the same thing or be able to order it.

                1. re: DeisCane

                  That is odd - I have only seen the French's Fried Onions

          1. re: cappucino

            Now, if you said fried onions on top of the COFFEE...that would be something else.
            I from the land of Max and Mina's and it actually wouldn't be too surprising to have onion flavored ice cream there...

        3. I'm laughing that the woman went through the effort of getting the whole wheat with low fat tuna, only to add fried onions

          4 Replies
            1. re: cappucino

              is it any different from supersizing the fries with a diet coke? fat-free milk in the coffee with a dunkin' donut?

            2. re: cheesecake17

              It could be that she realizes she should only take in so much fat and calories in a day and wants to enjoy them.

              1. re: CloggieGirl

                In the end, it wasn't about her. It was about the whole set-up. It's just an interesting culture clash.

            3. There is a simple explanation for the incongruity here. This coffee shop, Hava Java is in Monsey. The Chasidish world and the outside world really do collide !