happiness is a quaint little japanese cafe

Japanese cafes are, in my humble opinion, the superior genre of cafe. The character, the food, the drinks, the presentation, are all just more interesting than your typical cafe (though we love those too). Davelle is a cozy gem right off the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s the kind of place you’d expect to see on Instagram from a blogger in Asia, but this one just happens to be in the Lower East Side.

The intimate little shop has barely enough room for a couple tables and bar seating, surrounded by curated lifestyle goods in the homey space that maintains some original detailing. Their beautifully illustrated menu details an extensive list of fancy coffee and tea drinks that span from classic espresso drinks to decadent matcha drinks that may as well be a cocktail or a dessert (they have pretty cocktails of the alcoholic kind too!). 

Their claim to (Instagram) fame comes from their exquisitely adorned toasts that come in half a dozen sweet and savory flavors, perfectly toasted in Balmuda toasters, but they also have a variety of other Japanese meals like mentaiko spaghetti and katsu curry. Davelle is the perfect spot for a casual meal made special any time of the day.

the details

Address102 Suffolk St, New York

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30a-4:30p
Thursday – Saturday: 9a-4p, 6p-10:30p
Sunday: 10a-4:30p

Price$$ – drinks are $3-8, toasts are $10-13, other food is $15-20
Aestheticcozy in a vintage apartment kind of way with exposed brick, tiled ceilings and simple industrial wood furnishings

good to know

Go here for: a cutie breakfast or brunch or lunch or afternoon tea or dinner – no matter what meal it is, it’ll be a good decision

Order this: any of their picture perfect toasts, and some kind of tea drink (they have various matcha and hojicha options that change seasonally)

Amount of time to spend: about an hour for a casual meal

When to come: weekdays or come on the earlier side on weekends to avoid a wait, it does get quite popular and it’s quite small

Getting here: they’re just a block away from the Delancey-Essex station (F,M,J,Z).

Other things to note: No reservations, walk ins only, but if the wait is too long, you can grab something to go and walk over to Seward Park or Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Last visited: March 2023

Last updated: July 2023

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