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Milk and Sugar Café - Bay Shore

Milk and Sugar Café
49 W. Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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Airplane onion ring holder

Overall: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 4/10
Decor: 10/10
Value: 6/10

Milk and Sugar Café might sound like just a tea or coffee shop but don't let the name fool you like it fooled us. Initially we were just going to stop in for coffee after lunch until we saw photos of the food online, so we decided to make this our lunch spot for the day.

We were immediately greeted when we walked in and promptly sat at a coffee table with a sofa and two armchairs. Everything looked vintage, upscale and intimate, which is the vibe the entire place is going for. A few center tables offer larger seating arrangements, from full out dining tables to coffee tables with furniture you'd find on one's home. Antique looking decor hangs on the walls and the black tin ceiling completes the look.

Soon after we were seated, our waiter came over and introduced himself and took our drinks and appetizer order. About 10 minutes later, our Spinach and Artichoke Dip appetizer came out with tons of chips, probably too many for that portion of dip, unless you plan on finishing the salsa as well. The dip was very cheesy, different than most, and there definitely could've been a larger portion. The salsa that accompanied it was very chunky, but liquidy at the same time, with large scallions in it. It was also very different than any other salsa I've had before. I personally would skip the appetizer in the future, just not the style we like, but you might be different!

We were nearly done with the appetizer and wondering if our waiter thought we were just there for apps because we still had not placed the rest of our order. We were there for probably 30 minutes at that point. I noticed him walk by several times to help another table with different things, and each time they asked for something he'd walk back into the kitchen, when he could've stopped by ours beforehand. He eventually came back over and asked if we'd be ordering anything else, which we were, so we ordered the Classic Burger with Sweet Potato Fries, and Turkey Club Sandwich with a Side Order of Onion Rings.

The food looked great when it arrived and the portions were larger than expected. The burger was cooked perfectly and the sweet potato fries were excellent. They came with a maple dipping sauce which was probably the best one we've had to date, such a perfect combination! The turkey club was a standard club, and I was only able to finish one of four pieces. The onion rings were presented in such a fun way, on a stainless steel wire airplane onion ring holder. The onion rings were also served with the maple dipping sauce, which was different, but good because you could get a bite of salty and sweet together. The burger and onion rings also came with small personal bottles of ketchup, which were cute but so hard to open for some reason!

We got boxes to take our extra food home, and decided to try dessert as well. We ordered the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, a Double Cappucino and an Iced Chai Latte. The brownie was served hot and was so soft. It would be perfect served with vanilla ice cream. Overall, it was a great ending to our meal.

From start to finish, the service was spotty. When we asked for refills (which they charge for by the way), sometimes they came quickly, but when we were finished, it took 25 minutes to receive the check, and the place really wasn't that busy. Once again, our waiter spoke to another table, then disappeared to get their check, rather than multitask and get both. Good thing we weren't in a rush!

I'd have to say you're really paying for the decor and atmosphere with this place. The food was good, and the service was borderline bad. Would we still recommend it? Yes. We think the atmosphere lends itself to relaxation, conversation between friends, and it seems like a cool place to hang out at. Their dessert menu is pretty large in itself and the amount of coffee offerings is impressive, so if we go back, it'll probably be for just coffee and dessert.

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