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HOUSE OF SMALL WONDER, 77 North 6th Street (between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

House of Small Wonder sounds less like the name of a coffee and brunch spot and more like a specialty glass store where I am afraid to enter in the fear of breaking everything. But in Williamsburg, all bets are off when it comes to naming restaurants, and the only thing you need to worry about breaking here is a belt notch.

This under-hyped (but well-known) neighborhood spot also has nothing to do with the 80’s TV show about the child-robot (as far as I know). It’s a Japanese brunch and coffee spot nestled beside the romantic sushi restaurant Zenkichi. The menu is revelatory with incredibly cheap sandwiches ($4.50), classic brunch dishes, and entrees with Japanese touches (like Okinawan taco rice).

After my mid-day meal of some fresh tuna sashimi, I gave into a craving for something sweet. So I grabbed some cold brewed coffee along with the provocative sounding banana nutella croissant. I’m so glad I had that light lunch so I could relish in this homemade buttery guilty pleasure.

Banana Nutella Croissant at HOUSE OF SMALL WONDER

Amazingly, it wasn’t quite as intense as I expected. While it certainly worked for a dessert, it wasn’t overly sweet. The breakfast treat had a wonderful browned flaky crust that melted into a banana bomb laced with the perfect amount of chocolatey Nutella.

Banana Nutella Croissant at HOUSE OF SMALL WONDER

I promised myself I was going to just have a few bites, but I quickly betrayed myself. I couldn’t stop eating the delicious and beautifully constructed play on a typical chocolat croissant. It really was a small wonder.. oh, wait, now I get it!!!

HOUSE OF SMALL WONDER
77 North 6th Street (between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 388-6160
houseofsmallwonder.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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