The Witches Brew

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Dessert Shop$$$$
West Hempstead
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  • Emily M.
    "Amazing vegan food and desserts here!"(3 Tips)
    Crys C.
    "The chocolate Pecan pie is absolutely amazing!!"(4 Tips)
    Rich G.
    "amazing and the apple crumb cheesecake"(2 Tips)
    Michael P.
    "The King Kong and Midnight are GREAT iced espresso drinks!"(2 Tips)
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  • Kira B.
    Kira BJuly 21, 2016
    A MUST for vegan/vegetarians on Long Island. Go with only a few people, tops, and be prepared to wait a little, but it will be super worth it. Awesome food and vibes.
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FinnSeptember 14, 2014
    Everything is great except for the wait at night. If you're hungry now, keep going. If you can handle hanging in a line for 45min, it's worth it. Try the focaccia if you're looking for a savory treat.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LaxtonMarch 14, 2011
    Everything is amazing. I haven't had anything I didn't like. I love this place I just wish is was closer to me.But It's worth the drive!
  • Katie T.
    Katie TuohyJune 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a new vegan baker who is just amazing. Definitely try the vegan rainbow cookie cake! It's incredible. I think it's also gluten-free!
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AngelinoJanuary 13, 2015
    Brownies and house coffee were the best.My one true tip as far as dining out goes on the Island.But the other big thing is the decor😘 Vintage oddities and art distract you while you wait for your--
  • K W.
    K WSeptember 27, 2016
    More for tea and coffee then food, this is every 90s goth heads dream atmosphere. This place is friendly to vegetarians, but have something for everyone. Great food great teas, cool decor.
  • Dan J.
    Dan JonesAugust 19, 2014
    I came here with a group of friends on a Friday when this place was MOBBED. It lives up to its reputation however, and I found plenty of vegan options. Great decor. Great times
  • Jenny A.
    Jenny AnnAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best. If you crave something savory, try the pretzel with melted cheese. All their espressos are handcrafted and delicious. For fall, try the Caramel apple cheesecake!
  • HorrorFixation
    HorrorFixationJune 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The wicked aromas of coffee with enchanting decorations and furniture out of Alice in Wonderland - The Witches Brew is a must when visiting NY - Their menu is also enchanted w/ wicked names.
  • Sunaina S.
    Sunaina SwaminathanDecember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The cutest coffee shop in LI. Cash only. Date spot. Cozy and too cute for words. Come here for coffee and dessert. Rainbow cookies are my fav.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CarrollApril 30, 2015
    A huge assortment of teas and coffee. Homemade desserts. Weekends there can be a long wait to get seats. They do not try to push anyone out and it can be too comfy to leave.
  • Phabi
    PhabiFebruary 16, 2013
    This place is the beat for anything hot: tea coffee expresso and their brownie ala mode is delicious!!
  • Katie T.
    Katie TuohyAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They have really great vegan options, and are one of the few coffee/tea places that offers almond milk as a substitute and not just soy.
  • Yvonne C.
    Yvonne CJanuary 18, 2016
    The menu is vegan friendly and the tea is pretty good (Dandelion tea is amazing,) just be prepared for a long wait on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Julie V.
    Julie VApril 19, 2015
    Perfect date spot, or if ur looking for a fun place to catch up with friends. Great vibe, cool staff, fun menu, & lots of yummy!
  • Natalia D.
    Natalia DiazMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    As usual, the coffees, smoothies, teas and cakes are fantastic but be ready to deal with a really young (and loud) crowd on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Alida Rose
    Alida RoseNovember 21, 2012
    The perfect place to catch up w/some friends in a Tim Burton setting. One of the best/most unique coffee houses I've ever been to.
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraMay 14, 2015
    Teas here are great. Desserts are pretty yummy. I like sitting on couches late at night, with no one rushing me out. Love it.
  • Jiovani R.
    Jiovani RiveraDecember 21, 2014
    Awesome chill spot! A must when coming with people that aren't always in a hurry. Wife loves it here ... so what I'm saying is bring your wife lol
  • Michael
    MichaelMay 23, 2014
    The warm cookie sundae is to die for. Anyone asks to share, don't. Tell them to get their own. You'll thank me! Their cherry soda is delicious!
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SweeneyAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    vegan cherry & chocolate cheesecake - magic happening at the witches brew.
  • Rich G.
    Rich GApril 20, 2015
    Cozy and comfortable. The voodoo vanilla coffee drink is amazing and the apple crumb cheesecake is "holy crap" good!
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SandersDecember 17, 2015
    Amazing ambiance, decor, and mood. Incredible variety of tea, plus tasty desserts, too! Perfect for small groups.
  • Victoria A.
    Victoria AMay 16, 2012
    Everything is great! Something for everyone, and my favorite place to just relax. You can stay for hours and just relax.
  • Nimit R.
    Nimit RoongtaApril 10, 2012
    One of the best places in long island for after dessert and late night coffee/ beverages. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Christina N.
    Christina NickasApril 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Come in during the day to really enjoy the surroundings. Friendly staff and fantastic menu. I want a brownie now.
  • Kaitlin D.
    Kaitlin DonelonMay 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Their brownie sundae is really good but I recommend sharing it with a friend. The Once Upon a Time tea is also really good.
  • Kapil B.
    Kapil BhatiaJanuary 25, 2015
    A completely different experience, fantastic ambience, a must-visit for coffee and food if you are around!!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SametMay 26, 2012
    For those not a fan of teas, their italian sodas are also amazing. Great flavor combos, especially cranbliss!
  • Gem Q.
    Gem QinOctober 13, 2014
    Wide range of tea and coffee selection. Be adventurous but definitely try the pumpkin pie!
  • Vivi S.
    Vivi SpatolaDecember 2, 2013
    Amazing food, all fresh...and the staff is awesome...Ask for Karen she is a great server!
  • H
    HMay 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Depending on the time of night you decide to go, the line can be ridiculously long. Avoid the wait by getting your goodies to go :) Try their sugar cookies and/or applie pie...so delicious.
  • Susie Y.
    Susie YinFebruary 13, 2015
    My favorite is the vegan brownie! You can't go wrong with most things anyway
  • Jayson Q.
    Jayson QOctober 1, 2012
    Love this place the environment, drinks and deserts is just best NYC.
  • Maria R.
    Maria RomondJanuary 17, 2015
    Definitely going back to get the Bella sandwich, it was perfect ❤
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraJanuary 10, 2014
    Don't come here expecting amazing coffee. However come here for amazing desserts and the great decor.
  • Pistol W.
    Pistol WyldMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the food menu, if you've never had vegan food don't be afraid, it's delicious!
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GenoaMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    great for vegan desserts and tea on long island and fun atmosphere too!! love the ambiance
  • Brianna M.
    Brianna MolloyMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cranberry Orange Scones are addictive! and the Classic Italian Sandwich is awesome!!!!
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SweeneyAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    can't get enough of these iced espresso drinks... moon and gloomlifter
  • Victoria L.
    Victoria LeeJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome place! Don't go Thursday morning when they first open cause they have AA meetings there
  • Ritchie M.
    Ritchie MolessoMay 10, 2014
    The Blue Berry Scone is very tasty. Cool place to hang out as well.
  • Caroline A.
    Caroline AlbaneseDecember 30, 2015
    Cash only! I wish I knew that after waiting so long to get a seat. I think they have an ATM now though, thankfully.
  • Katie T.
    Katie TuohyJune 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Also, they do have an ATM so it's not so much of an issue that they're cash only.
  • Deirdre D.
    Deirdre DonaldsonMarch 28, 2015
    Everything especially the all around atmosphere. Vegan dishes available as well
  • Explore L.
    Explore Long IslandJanuary 27, 2013
    Our critics reviewed The Witches Brew and enjoyed the cozy atmosphere, desserts and tea. Read more
  • Laura
    LauraMay 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing vegan food and tea! A must!
  • Caterina A.
    Caterina AbballeDecember 6, 2015
    Coffee, Italian sodas, teas, pastries and hot chocolate. Pretty much everything.
  • Ghost G.
    Ghost GirlOctober 9, 2011
    The staff is strange sometimes, but always friendly. Eclectic menu, almost anyone can find at least something they fancy.
  • Laura
    LauraJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Magically delicious Cherry Blossom Tea and Soy Smoothie
  • Ariel S.
    Ariel SeltzerNovember 5, 2014
    Tiramisu is great! The wait was super long though for a Tuesday night
  • nicky v.
    nicky vNovember 28, 2012
    The chocolate pecan pie accompanied with the honey dew white tea. Yummmmm!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're a regular, friendly with the staff & have a small party then your wait time won't be too long :)
  • Deblette
    DebletteMarch 30, 2013
    best cute coffee spot to go when the sun goes down (not open on mondays)
  • Sammi L.
    Sammi LimSeptember 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    My bf & I often come here for little dates :o) I once had a soy-smoothie which tasted exactly like a melted rainbow popsicle.
  • Maria R.
    Maria RomondJanuary 17, 2015
    The chocolate mousse is simply amazing!!
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SweeneyAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    this falafel sandwich <3
  • Julie V.
    Julie VApril 19, 2015
    Apple crumb cheesecake, chocolate pecan pie a la mode, king kong cappuccino
  • Kelvin M.
    Kelvin MaravillaApril 3, 2013
    Ehh it was okay. I think i was just expecting so much more. The red velvet cake was decent borderline okay. My friend got the cranberry ras soda i thought was interesting.
  • Evan K.
    Evan KopilowNovember 15, 2013
    Always a solid experience here but remember cash only
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KindlDecember 12, 2011
    They're lemon myrtle tea is amazing. So is their focaccia. :)
  • Emma K.
    Emma KellerJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The brew now has an ATM so getting cash is no longer a task.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew M.September 9, 2011
    Get the Autumn Cream Soda!! Taste just like a Belgian Waffle with Syrup!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PetreAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The King Kong and Midnight are GREAT iced espresso drinks!
  • Bob M.
    Bob MaguireJune 1, 2011
    Honestly, interesting atmosphere. But other than that, nothin special. Oh and their CASH ONLY
  • Jayson Q.
    Jayson QAugust 31, 2012
    Fiji tea is great here and the cheesecake is real good stuff.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the revolution, southern revolution or after midnight coffee drinks.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be nice to the staff, why else do you think they had to start adding the tip to your bill!
  • Sana K.
    Sana KayOctober 21, 2013
    Get the hot apple cider this fall! So delicious!
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MeganSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Brownie sundae & vamp espresso (raspberry & chocolate) drink is a must!
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KatelynJanuary 30, 2013
    Loving the vibe of this place. Such a chill atmosphere. 
  • Doris O.
    Doris OnwuJuly 25, 2015
    Nachos are out of this world!
  • Tom K.
    Tom Kirk 657December 23, 2014
    Can't believe I haven't been here before, def coming back!
  • Robbie P.
    Robbie PhdJune 7, 2013
    Listen here, bitches. If you sit in my seat, I'm comin' for ya.... both guns blazing!
  • christian b.
    christian bouchereauNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The weekends get packed at night. Be ready to wait a bit !
  • alina m.
    alina mcdonaldSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place come early it's always busy
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PalermoFebruary 13, 2012
    Forget the brownie...sugar waffle is where it's at!
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GritschJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Coming after 9pm ensures a wait time no matter how big your group. Snack before coming
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JosephJanuary 15, 2012
    Get here EARLY. Lines at night are massive.
  • Crys C.
    Crys C.February 27, 2012
    The chocolate Pecan pie is absolutely amazing!!
  • Kitty C.
    Kitty ChingJanuary 18, 2013
    Unique interesting place...they open pretty late (for long island)
  • Emily M.
    Emily MarxSeptember 18, 2016
    Amazing vegan food and desserts here!
  • Chrissy
    ChrissyAugust 26, 2016
    Desserts, beverages and food are amazing! 💚
  • Jasmine W.
    Jasmine WilliamsOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The homemade hummus is divine !
  • Isha B.
    Isha BhattiDecember 17, 2011
    chocolate pecan pie with a scoop of icecream!
  • Bridget H.
    Bridget HeneghanMay 25, 2010
    the rooibos tisanes are amazing. especially if you use rock sugar in the cape town tisane.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WeisenthalSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The chocolate smoothies are amazing!
  • Maria F.
    Maria FrancisJanuary 19, 2014
    Cash only!!! Lovely seating choices!
  • Lowell G.
    Lowell GreenblattOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The s'mores and sodas are great. I usually go for a blue moon
  • Jim U.
    Jim U.September 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They add an automatic 18% gratuity to the check now. Be warned.
  • marcelle d.
    marcelle dianeOctober 15, 2015
    atmosphere drinks and pastries
  • Kim H.
    Kim HughesSeptember 14, 2011
    The Vamp is as good today as it was almost 15 years ago!
  • Don G.
    Don GlaittliSeptember 18, 2011
    Once upon a time tea and a slice of red velvet cake is the shit
  • Kyle J.
    Kyle JMay 16, 2014
    They currently only have Optimum Wi-fi - which anyone on Hempstead Tpke gets so it's nothing special like they think it is. That's really bad, since not everyone has an Optimum sign-in.
  • Jiovani R.
    Jiovani RiveraDecember 21, 2014
    Deserts ! & Cold Exprosso Drinks !
  • Sea C.
    Sea ChelFebruary 14, 2015
    Amazing food🍵
  • Emma K.
    Emma KellerMay 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    All of the teas are incredible :)
  • David E.
    David EbertFebruary 28, 2012
    Try 'the ghost', its delicious :)
  • Sea C.
    Sea ChelFebruary 14, 2015
    "G'day mate" tea☕️
  • Kelvin M.
    Kelvin MaravillaApril 3, 2013
    Redvelvet= 4 Drink= 6
  • Jhonatan P.
    Jhonatan Posada LoaizaAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Buen servicio, postres deliciosos.
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