Monday, January 26, 2015

Uncommon Cents

Dimes is a beacon of health in the land of char siu


There's something cooking in Chinatown, and it ain't pork buns.

Could that be the rare smell of... health?

Meet Dimes, a tiny sliver of a café on a corner usually filled with Yo! Bus congestion that now offers some peace to both the neighborhood and your congested arteries.

Owners Sabrina DeSousa and Alissa Wagner both have their fair share of experience from other fresh-and-local spots such as Northern Spy, Lovely Day, and The Smile, where good-looking people find even better-looking food.

Breakfast is served all day long. Start off with an energy-boosting açai bowl, traditional Brazilian morning fare with a base of antioxidant-rich strawberry, banana, house-made almond milk, bee pollen, goji berries, and granola.

Not enough? Crazy. But you could follow up with the ricotta, fig, crispy sage, and chamomile on pain bianca and do just fine.

The coffee is Café Integral’s beans from Nicaragua, and tea from Greenpoint’s own Bellocq Tea Atelier. And just in case you're in the market for some mom or girlfriend gifts, the pottery and Dimes' own lip balm is all for sale.

Oh, and those little ampoules that say "quinton hypertonic?" It's a mineral-rich concoction that supposed to fortify your body.

You know, against the pork buns you'll inevitably have for lunch.

143 Division St. (Canal St.), Chinatown
(212) 240-9410

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Subway: F to East Broadway
Scene: Imagine Chinatown. Now take all of the Chinatown stuff away and replace it with bright, healthy goodness.
Best bets: Açai bowl; pain bianca; sunny up egg
Nearby; Bacaro, Fat Radish, Skal

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