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TERMS OF ENDEARMENT SERVES UP LOVE-INSPIRED, PLANT-BASED PLATES

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MARISA PETRARCA

JUL 14, 2020

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IMAGE VIA @TERMSOFENDEARMENTBK | INSTAGRAM

“The ultimate act of love is to cook for someone.” That’s the ethos behind Terms of Endearment, nestled on the corner of Berry St. and Metropolitan Ave. in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. The new plant-based restaurant and pâtisserie serves up shared plates, sweet treats, and savory bites — all inspired by the concept of love.

GIVING THE GIFT OF A FULL BELLY

The location is the former home of Sweethaus bakery, which has since transformed into an upscale cafe reminiscent of a Parisian hot spot from the ’60s. Featuring fresh pastries baked daily on-site and light granite tables adorned with a single rose for decoration, it’s the perfect place to indulge while enjoying the company of friends and family.

Executive chef Makenna Hale brings her renowned pastry expertise and experience curating seasonal menus to the new plant-based paradise. She was formerly a chef at Portobello, a Portland-based vegan restaurant, and most recently, executive chef of Champs all-vegan diner in Brooklyn.

Terms of Endearment is Hale’s latest project, which the plant-based culinary professional has put every ounce of her energy into, what she called an “emotional rollercoaster of excitement” in an Instagram post.

In line with the restaurant’s inspiration, Hale said, “For me, the ultimate act of love is to cook for someone — the desire to nourish, the patience to cook, the gift of a full belly. Sharing a meal with a person allows you to connect with them on a different level, whether it be a stranger or an old friend. Cooking is what makes us human, but sharing a meal is what makes us family.”

VEGAN CHARCUTERIE, DELECTABLE DRINKS, AND MUST-TRY DESSERTS

The seasonal, vegan menu is well-deserving of a post on your Instagram feed, to say the least. Ranging from $5 for a biscuit with matcha butter to $22 for an artful, seasonally-inspired charcuterie board, there’s surely enough on the menu to satisfy your group.

Some more drool-worthy options include a plant eater’s version of a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich and a puff pastry trio that you might just end up fighting over.

The Terms of Endearment drink menu, meanwhile, is non-alcoholic and includes a selection of coffees and teas, a few unique standouts being the Rosewater Dragonfruit Latte and Matcha Lemonade. For the uncaffeinated, menu options include juice and homemade soda made with lemon, pomegranate, and ginger beer.

And good news if you’re looking to end your meal with a spoon dipped in dessert. The elevated Brooklyn eatery offers Affogato and, yes, even Matchagato — a unique take on the coffee-based Italian dessert. If you want to keep it simple, go with an ice cream scoop over a cookie. Or if you’re still in the sharing mood, turn heads in the cafe with the sundae: two ice cream scoops, candied walnuts, cake pieces, brownie pieces, choco sauce, sprinkles, and a cherry. It’s evident that creations like that could only be born out of love.

Terms of Endearment is open every day of the week from 9am to 6pm — and you might want to head in before everyone starts swooning.

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