open every day
8 am to 4 pm (Winter Hours)
for Private Events for up to 40 guests
270 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
MAISON MAY Café
Opened in 2016, Maison May Vanderbilt is a labor of love and the authentic expression of owner Catherine May’s aesthetic.
Around the corner from the original Brownstone – at the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill – it invites bypassers to take a break and enjoy a light and healthy all-day breakfast and lunch fare, gluten-free pastries, or a glass of natural, biodynamic wine.
Our no laptop policy helps you to decompress and to take a closer look at the beautiful items that owner Catherine May handpicks every season.
The seasonal, market-driven breakfast, brunch and lunch menu is available seven day a week. Enjoy it at one of our communal tables or outside on the terrace while taking in the charm of Fort Greene.
In the evening we serve an equally curated Private Events menu for up to 40 guests. Settle into the cozy environment and enjoy a layed back yet sophisticated gathering.
Food is front and center at Maison May Vanderbilt. The backbone of our healthy breakfast and lunch menu are seasonally inspired, simple and clean dishes served all day. Everything is made from scratch in-house and can be enjoyed at the communal tables inside the Café or in the outdoor seating area.
Our Chef and his team take inspiration from the nearby farmers market and different European cuisines and put a strong focal point on gluten-free pastries and menu items. That said, there are certain recipes that are better left untouched because they are just perfect the way they are. That’s why not all of our pastries are gluten free.
Maison May is very lucky to have found a network of like-minded companies that supply us with coffee and tea.
Our coffee partner Devocion quite literally pours the freshest coffee in the entire city. As a Third-wave coffee roaster they truly appreciate quality and support the Columbian community it is harvested from by paying above average wages and helping micro-farmers to work consistently with nature.
Bellocq, our tea partner shares the same sensibility for their community as well as the same aesthetic with us. Besides allowing us to server their wonderfully balanced and rich tea blends they also supply us with beautiful caddies to swoon over.
By putting all this into one healthy breakfast and lunch menu and adding gluten-free pastries and other items we were able to create a menu that is good for your body and also nourishing your soul.
Possibly you can’t taste the difference between fair trade coffee and regular one but if you pay close attention you will notice that the sun might shine a little brighter for you when you sit outdoors at our Cafe.
Fabulous little place. Came for brunch to check out their food and atmosphere, and will be having an event here in the future. Food was excellent, the truffle poached eggs and grits were a hit. The Rosemary lemonade was SO GOOD. Really nice decor and the perfect "vibe", love the outside seating. Service was friendly, great little neighborhood spot.
(...) Came here for Sunday brunch because Olea was too crowded, and didn't have to wait much for 3 and absolutely loved our choice. Service slightly slow since there seemed to be only one person waiting most tables, but we weren't in a rush and the meal was perfect. We asked for the most recommended baked goods and each got a GF sweet potato muffin. It was chewy but soft (not like a fluffy cake texture) and warm, just delightful. (...) Would love to come back any day.
Absolutely beautiful inside. The owner was extremely friendly. The food was good and the smoothie/blended drink was delicious. The prices were slightly on the high side, but there's a no tipping/no gratuity policy so that makes it pretty reasonable. There's lots of seating so it's a good spot to sit and chat and relax.
Came here on a Sunday afternoon for a quick bite to eat. This place is absolutely adorable. The decor is beautiful, there are plenty of places to sit and relax with your meal and its quiet. The service was very welcoming, warm and the food came out very quickly. (...) I really like the food here and it is a good spot if you're looking for something simple yet satisfying.
(...) I feel it's wonderful to have a place in the neighborhood where one can just chill and read a book or draw, or write letters or read the newspaper, which by the way Maison May provides free of charge. I too am one of the laptop workers and I just go elsewhere for my work needs and go to Maison May when I need a break from all that screen time.(...)