Dharma Cafe provides me with a sense of peace and serenity amongst a bunch of craziness. You might not have noticed the Dharma cafe if you were just driving down Houston Ave, on accident, because you were lost (which is the reason most of us end up on Houston Ave). But, its destination is in a wonderfully historic building, The Kessler Building, at the cross-section of Crockett and Houston Ave.
John and Susan, the owners of Dharma Cafe, set out to create an atmosphere that combined both their passion for food and study of Buddhism. If you read their website, or even better, go to their cafe, you will see that their goal is to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere where others can enjoy their eating experience and enjoy the presence of others around them. I feel like at Dharma Cafe I should come in wearing some thongs, a roach clip, some henna on my feet and sit in a circle whilst singing "Kumbaya" with my friends.
Seriously, the food is awesome and the menu is so ecclectic that there is something to please everyone. I am not kidding. They have sushi (HELLO!!), salads, ravioli, salmon, steak, mediterranean plates, do you need me to continue? And, the ambiance is absolutley zen, dude. You will find that once you start patronizing Dharma Cafe, all your friends will be jealous of your unbearable coolness and you will be so hip that whilst sipping on your espresso, someone will probably give you some money or something.
Seriously, even if you are unsure about the menu, which is great, I promise, you should go for the experience. You will find your center.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.