First Look at Alex Raij’s Brooklyn Coffee Shop Tekoá

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If you order the poached eggs, they come with this "train station sandwich" of Spanish ham and vanilla butter on ficelle. Photo: Liz Clayman

“I love coffee shops, but I don’t love coffee culture,” says Alex Raij. “I like the gathering. I like the people you run into. I think coffee culture is shrouded in this professionalism that just makes it less joyful to me.” 

That’s the trend-bucking thinking behind Tekoá, an all-day-café remake of the former Cobble Hill hangout Ted & Honey from Raij and her husband and co-chef, Eder Montero.
 And from the sound of it, there is a lot to be joyful about.

For starters, there is the breakfast menu, served each day until 4:30 p.m. — a fairly drool-inducing assemblage of house-baked pastries like sticky-date-and-walnut honey buns, and all manner of egg dishes, from poached with grits and XO sauce to an egg-in-the-hole, said hole having been dug out of a griddled spinach pie from Damascus bakery on Atlantic Avenue.



And then there’s lunch: soups, salads, and sandwiches like a “Mom’s grilled cheese” (tetilla cheese, anchovy, piquillo pepper, and marjoram) and a “kid’s” version (American cheese and tomato), which makes it abundantly clear that Raij and Montero, owners of the restaurant La Vara a few doors down as well as parents themselves, know their stroller-rolling audience.
 Dinner and a cocktail menu are in the works, too. As for the coffee, in case you were wondering, it’s from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, and the $2.50 price includes a free refill.



Strollers welcome.
Photo: Liz Clayman



Coffee cake with almonds and currants.
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The peanut-butter cookies are a nod to Ted & Honey, the café's predecessor (and beloved neighborhood cookie dealer).
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This Valencian brioche is known as a farton, but you could always just point to it.
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Egg-in-a-hole, with a spinach pie instead of toast.
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Broccoli-rabe-and-manouri-cheese sandwich.
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Cocoa-and-cinnamon-crusted brioche.
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Fried-egg-and-lamb-sausage sandwich.
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Butternut-squash soup with poblano-chile crema.
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Roasted-beet salad.
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Baby gem salad with avocado, bacon, and blue cheese.
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Porchetta-spiced-pork-shoulder sandwich with salsa verde.
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Raij wants her customers to treat the space like their own office.
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The coffee bar.
Photo: Liz Clayman

Tekoá; 264 Clinton St., at Verandah Pl., Cobble Hill; 347-987-3710