Serving up cafe meshi (that would be cafe food, in Japanese), this joint sports a back garden, classy atmosphere and, our favorite, copious amounts of sake. Don't mind if we do.This Williamsburg cafe may just be the shiny white unicorn of our dreams (sorry... is it... is it weird to talk about that?). It’s got all the things that never seem to come all together in one place: reasonably priced eats, healthy options to choose from, great coffee and tea, wi-fi, a garden out back, brunch on the weekends, and a classy atmosphere to boot. Yep. All at once. And Supercore has been cooking up casual Japanese fare over on Bedford Avenue since September 2001. They serve what’s considered “cafe meshi,” or cafe food in Japanese.
During lunch, the combos offer a healthy portion of some of their signature dishes, which also popular come dinner time. The beef curry is a favorite because it’s slowly cooked for four days. Yep, that’s right. Four. Days. The umami-rich stew comes topped with cream and makes for a satisfying meal any time of day. (Okay, maybe not breakfast, but we're not ruling it out completely.) The chikuzen-ni is another comfort food that hits the spot with tender chicken simmered alongside mixed vegetables and scallions. Order either dish atop some of the joint’s hearty brown rice for a filling, nutritionist-approved meal. In the evening, the bar food selections are great for sharing with friends out on the back patio, preferably over copious rounds of sake. Choose between savory plates of practically everything, from pan-fried dumplings to kimchee tofu, simmered seaweed, or cold noodles in a sesame dressing. Since tasty, healthy food and a laid-back atmosphere are the core of dining here, we are indeed feeling super. At the core, even.
Smoked Salmon Over Rice, $7.25
Beni-Tori, $6.75 lunch / $9.75 dinner
Chikuzen-ni, $6.75 lunch / $9.75 dinner
Beef Curry, $10.50
Bento Box Dinner, $13.95
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight