Chalait

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-7:00PM; Sat-Sun 8:00AM-7:00PM

Phone Number: 212 929 0266

Price Range: $15-$25

Address: 224 W 4th Street

Website: www.chalait.com

Station: 1, 2 Christopher Street; A, B, C, D, E, F, M W4th Street; 1, 2, 3 14Street


Happiness comes in the form of two things: a good cup of coffee and ripe avocado over toast. Luckily for me Chalait knows how to do both and what’s better – they do it with a touch of matcha. Today my best friend and I made plans to surprise someone at the JFK airport, but we couldn’t start the day without brunch.  

We were in a bit of a rush so we were happy to see that Chalait was conveniently located next to the Christopher station subway stop. Upon entering, I was instantly charmed by the chic interior design with single dangling bulbs, all white walls and blackboards displaying their minimalistic menu. Seats were limited, but we managed to grab some stools by the bar next to the tall glass windows.

We had the Miso Butter Toast. 

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Creamy and slightly salty miso butter spread over a piece of crunchy toast, which paired well with the two poached eggs and soft cut up avocado. Thumbs up to this combination that straight up melted in your mouth.

Next we had the Smoked Salmon Benedict. 

Happy to see we were given a generous amount of fresh salmon piled on top of a thick slice of multi-grain crusted bread that was nicely toasted and sprinkled with poppy seeds. Poached egg was a bit overcooked, but the pea shoots were a surprisingly pleasant contrast. Highlight of this dish is definitely the sweet vinaigrette sauce drizzled over the salmon – both memorable and healthier than your average hollandaise sauce. Would definitely recommend to egg Benedict lovers. 

Of course we couldn’t come here without trying their matcha drinks. I got their famous Matcha Latte with 2% steamed milk. 

Order this, really just do it. Quite happy that the matcha flavor was creamy and detectable, yet not too sweet or overpowering like the way some drinks can be made.  

My friend ordered the Chalait Hot Chocolate. 

50% hot chocolate sauce and 50% matcha, what more can we ask for? Matcha is very distinct among the light chocolate infused flavor.

Overall, highlights of Chalait is its modern interior design, its healthy yet delightfully tasty food selection, its beautiful latte art and the friendly baristas. The only downside of this place is its hefty prices that really packs a punch to your wallet, but if that wasn’t the case you’d probably find me here enjoying a matcha latte and people watching everyday. Despite that, do treat yourself and take a celebratory trip here when you’re done with your last final.