On a hot, summer day a year ago, I was walking up Melrose Avenue on my way home when I stumbled upon something strange and unfamiliar in Melrose and the South Bronx in general - a cafe. Of course, having lived in Manhattan for sometime down in the East Village as well as Kips Bay, this made me quite excited for this was one of those amenities I took for granted living downtown.
Who dared to dream so bold as to open not only a cafe but the FIRST healthy cafe in all of the Bronx? It was Darada David. It soon became a love affair being able to walk down one block and sit down for a cup of organic coffee or tea or knosh on some of her great dishes like Turkey, Avocado and Swiss Cheese Sandwiches, amazing and hearty soups like shrimp and salmon or simply the best Sweet Potato Pie this side of the Harlem River.
However, Ms. David didn't simply stop at just offering healthy food. She wanted to nourish not just the body but the mind and soul as well which is why PeaceLove opened up as a jazz cafe where you can sit down and listen to live music Fridays and Saturdays and also grab a mic and participate in the poetry slams which take place on Thursdays.
Since the opening of PeaceLove, it has become a local gathering place for people looking for an alternative to the unhealthy fast food options which overflow our neighborhoods. The atmosphere is always very relaxed and a change from the hustle and bustle of the street and Darada's welcoming smile makes walking in that much better.
A big HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to PeaceLove Cafe and may you have many, many more!
PeaceLove Cafe is located at:
617 Melrose Avenue
Between E151st and E152nd Streets
2/5 express train to 3rd Avenue/149th Street
walk up 2 blocks!