Husband and I are getting to know our local bars and restaurants even better as a result of our kitchen’s gut renovation (read: added expense). While walking around the neighborhood we stumbled upon a beautiful, open café called The Bahche, on 7th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue in Gowanus.
The Bahche is a Mediterranean cafe, restaurant and pâtisserie boasting an open courtyard with ample seating space, an indoor restaurant with a second floor and small couches for intimate conversation and lounging. I think I even spotted a small playroom for children with kid friendly TV shows (and soundproof walls?).
Surrounded by beautiful exposed brick walls, black steel beams, polished cement flooring, hanging pendants and spot lighting, it’s open, spacious and loft-like. There’s a skylight right in the middle allowing the sun to pour it’s rays right into this industrial Gowanus garden, warming the space physically while providing a glow, visually.
Although Bahche has an industrial feel to it, it’s the people who provide the real warmth. The chef brought out our meal personally and when the waitress came back to check in on us, she beamed a heartfelt smile when we told her the food was delicious.