House of Small Wonder

House of Small Wonder

Café$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Tess W.
    Tess WenstrupApril 9, 2015
    This was the cutest place. It reminded me of a greenhouse and even had a tree growing through the middle of the restaurant. It has good, healthy, and well made food. Loved it.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MannApril 18
    Great for a non-traditional brunch. Expect everything from rice to salmon and ground pork. REALLY tasty. Oh and there's a real tree growing in the centre of the room for that extra personality.
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FFebruary 13
    Woah! Hipster Japanese style brunch. Hot apple cider was a super treat. Cutest atmosphere inside. An indoor hidden garden. A bit hard to find from the street, look for boarded timber walls. cash only!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 27, 2011
    Simple and adorable coffee shop bliss. Enjoy free wi-fi while enjoying consistently good coffee and snacking on small sandwiches. The baristas are very friendly too.
  • Megan M.
    Megan McNallyOctober 5
    As a fan of brunch and Japanese food, this place is a dream come true. The udon noodles are some of the tastiest I've ever had, and the chicken meatballs are incredible. The atmosphere is adorable.
  • Kay S.
    Kay SaulAugust 4, 2013
    Small, charming cafe. Many healthy and organic options and even some sweet treats for desert or a small snack. Felt like a hideaway in North Williamsburg. Light, airy and natural. A must visit!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WhiteOctober 27, 2014
    The interior is absolutely lovely. Feels like you're in a tree house...there is an actual tree going through it. The Fig Brie Apple and Avocado Goat Cheese (I added egg) are both good sandwiches.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MaJuly 7
    Quite possibly my favorite new spot with a beautiful interior, great ambience, pleasant service, and pretty good food (love the matcha milk!)
  • Earl D.
    Earl DaxMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Shhh! This is a charming little coffee shop with delicious baked goods, sandwiches and soups -- all made in-house. It's also not as crowded as other neighborhood cafes, so don't tell anyone!
  • jaqi v.
    jaqi vigilAugust 19, 2012
    How can this place move?! It's so perfect here! Amazing place to chill and get some work done. Oh, and the Middle Eastern Salad is delicious. Doesn't hurt that it's $4 either!
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinNovember 17, 2015
    sashimi don and the chicken meatball don were both amazing. both a must try.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Windsor C.
    Windsor CountyFebruary 8, 2015
    Best hidden gem in North Brooklyn - like a Japanese treehouse. Try the Matcha Cappuccino, Kabocha Pumpkin Pudding, amongst other sweets. Perfect spot for a quiet afternoon.
  • Parker Y.
    Parker YoungJuly 23, 2013
    Great little brunch/lunch oasis. Love the vibe, indoors w/cool AC but plenty of natural light & large trees growing up through the roof. Get a banana-Nutella croissant.
  • Eli S.
    Eli ShowalterApril 5, 2015
    This place amazing. Went on a Sunday morning around 11 and got seated for two. Really great atmosphere and the salmon Japanese breakfast set was delicious. What a gem.
  • Meer M.
    Meer MusaJune 25, 2014
    I ordered the Croissant french toast with fruits. And side order of scramble eggs. It was delicious. Server was friendly as well.
  • Sraj G.
    Sraj GeenSeptember 11
    Awesome Japanese food which tastes wholesome and healthy, in a super cute setting. Cash only. (pic: chicken teriyaki)
  • Lindsay H.
    Lindsay HowardJuly 18, 2015
    This restaurant is Williamsburg's best-kept secret. I love the breakfast and lunch menus. They also have wifi!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaOctober 28, 2015
    Beautiful space but croque madame is mushy and incredibly unappetizing. Homemade granola and fruit with yogurt is fine.
  • Vishal G.
    Vishal GuptaNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A cross between a Japanese tea house and a tree house. A must try-- everything on the menu was great.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SchaarDecember 17, 2013
    I'm consistently impressed with HOSW. You can't go wrong with taking a seat at this cozy little place for a brief respite from the cold and busyness.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The new space has trees going through the middle! It's The Secret Garden meets Terabithia. It also has table service, so they might not let you linger forever like they used to...unclear.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinFebruary 5, 2014
    If you don't know it's there, it's easy to miss. Find the door in the wood paneling and enter into a different world of, well, wonder.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiApril 6, 2015
    Brunch at a light-filled atrium with delicious Japanese homecook style food and sandwiches! They serve hot apple cider!
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth M6 days ago
    Whimsical cosy place in Brooklyn, great for brunch and ideal for couples and small groups.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Elvis R.
    An interesting take with an Asian and European twist. Had the chicken meatballs which was flavorful and fresh. Croissant french toast was well made not being too soggy.
  • Kat S.
    Kat Stew---October 11, 2013
    Wonderous lil place tucked away under a real tree... Great coffee great prices, our server was the sweetest nicest lil thing :) I'm so pleased
  • Don C.
    Don CaldwellDecember 10, 2011
    Get here in the morning for the awesome parmesan thyme egg croissants. Nutella-banana croissants are fantastic. Best coffee in the neighborhood.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJanuary 20, 2013
    Just a door on N 6th street which opens to an inner-courtyard that's homely and cosy. No soy milk when I visited but substituted with almond milk instead ($4.50) - average, not great coffee.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaSeptember 22, 2014
    The Stir Fried Udon noodles for breakfast was one of the most interesting dishes I've had in a long time, and delicious!
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LeeJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Their croissant French toast is amazing and so is the iced matcha milk.
    Upvoted Oct 8
  • Angélica P.
    I love the place. Their personal, the food, their miso, cold Sapporo beer, EVERYTHING! 💯❤️
  • Mara B.
    Mara BinudinSeptember 7, 2014
    Unique place, beautiful, quaint, romantic, serving Japanese comfort food. Went back a few times. Great to bring tourist friends.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuOctober 17, 2014
    Matcha cappuccino, sashimi don, corn soup, and Okinawa rice all on point. Cutest decor.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KristofferOctober 20, 2011
    Love almost everything about this spot. It's nice the wifi is free, but it's slow so don't expect to get much heavy remote work done here if that's what you're looking for.
  • judith m.
    judith maas rheingoldJanuary 28, 2015
    This was my favorite restaurant while visiting Williamsburg! The grilled chicken sandwich plate was so tasty and fresh!
  • Missy K.
    Missy KaykoMarch 10, 2012
    Cozy cafe, great latte. Although the internet cutout every 10 seconds and the electrical outlets were limited. Bring your gadgets charged.
  • Shah
    ShahJuly 3, 2015
    This cozy spot is beautiful. And the food is incredible. A true gem.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaSeptember 22, 2014
    If you don't get the French Toast Croissant for yourself, get it to share. Best french toast I've ever had.
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChungDecember 20, 2014
    Nice and cozy. Great ambiance. I got the chicken meatballs with rice. It was just okay. I might try a mini sandwich next time
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KelleherDecember 31, 2013
    Hidden gem tucked away off the beaten path. Really eclectic but delicious menu. Cozy fireplace in the winter.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 24, 2015
    Sashimi zuke don is really good and really well-priced. They also make a great iced tea.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KopecFebruary 8, 2015
    Delicious, but awkward "don't bring outside coffee inside" policy. Tricky considering its proximity to Blue Bottle during breakfast.
  • Carmen Gloria R.
    Small but really nice, has a tree inside.The tacos are not really tacos (don't have tortilla) but is good. Good for read a book or work too
  • Joo J.
    Joo JooApril 30, 2015
    It felt like a Japanese fusion comfort food. Funny space with a tree inside, pretty dysfunctional but some might love it. Pretty basic but creative menu
  • Metromix
    MetromixSeptember 16, 2010
    Nails the coffeeshop aesthetic: faded vintage furnishings, cutesy trinkets, a windowsill garden. Menu has standard offerings like espresso, croissants and mini sandwiches (spicy salumi). Read more
  • Lyndsey A.
    Lyndsey AOctober 17, 2013
    This place is cute and cozy. Grab a coffee and a croissant and enjoy the sunlight pouring in from the clear rooftop!
  • Paloma O.
    Paloma OrtizMarch 11, 2015
    Small cute place. The food is really good and it's very cozy. A little expensive but worth it.
  • HC
    HCJuly 21, 2013
    May be a cafe, but the menu includes cold ramen noodles, sashimi, and hard to find Japanese beer! Count me in!!!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MeadApril 15
    Sashimi for breakfast! Feels like Japan. Small, cash only. Come early, it's worth it!
  • Nick G.
    Nick GMay 12
    Okinawa Japanese taco rice . there is a tree in the middle of the restaurant see photo 👌
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