While in Bay Ridge on a recent sunny morning (I know, sun, please come back!!!), I was lured into Hom, a gift store and cafe located on 3rd Avenue (8804 3rd Ave. between 87th Street & 88th, (718) 238-4466). The front area is a gift store with all sorts of pretty little things including cards and notebooks, gardening tools, new-agey CDs and tons more. We were taken out back where there are two areas for dining, one with a number of various tables and benches and one more private, with space for one party to be seated. Long, white flowy material hangs down from the balconies of both buildings, contributing to a magical feel. It's quite lovely back there, with the sun streaming down through the trees. There was a slight breeze and we were offered Peruvian blankets to keep us warm. The sun soon came up over the tops of the buildings so they weren't needed, but was a nice touch!
There were TONS of teas available, but both the proprietor and our waitress recommended the sangria and we easily succumbed. One white and one red, each unique. The white was more "juicy" and sweet, with a slight tart note that reminded me of muscat. The red was good too, but was more dry and earthy. Both had huge orbs of red grapes floating about as well as chunks of apples and an orange wedge. I also got a cup of coffee but this was some of the worst I've ever had. I'd stick with tea or for a splurge, get the sangria.
After we ordered, we were served a plate of complimentary breads and pastries. A nut pound cake, a chocolate bread (both very tasty) and a decent croissant. It was a nice treat and took the edge off our appetite while we waited for our food.
There were only a few options for Brunch, but everything sounded great. I settled on the BLT sandwich with egg & cheese on whole grain toast. It was FABULOUS! Nice proportions; perfectly melty cheese. It tasted like perfection. I'd definitely go back just for this sandwich!
The BF ordered the "Green Eggs & Ham", an omelette of sorts made with pesto, green peppers, ham, onions, Swiss cheese & spinach with wheat bread toast. The pesto was a surprisingly nice addition to this substantial and tasty dish.
I loved this place and would recommend it to anyone in the neighborhood, or if you're looking to explore, head out to Bay Ridge some weekend morning, start with a delicious Brunch at Hom, and then wander 3rd & 4th Avenues before heading to the water for gorgeous views of the harbor.