We spent twenty minutes walking up and down steamy Arab Street searching for Working Title. Finally, we found the cafe located at 48 Arab Street.
The cafe’s navy blue awning proudly displays its name and the welcoming smell of truffle oil and the pulse of indie music beckons you inside.
Working Title, though not incredibly spacious, fits a number of long tables in its front dining area. In the back, there’s a small courtyard with a couch and handful of single tables.
The courtyard’s plastic roof allows natural light to flood the room, but if you’d rather be out in the stifling humidity, there is a rooftop with more seating options.
The eclectic, 80’s-looking decor adds to the indie New York cafe feel. All the signs, posters and light fixtures around the room look like things you would stumble upon in a hipsters garage sale.
We sat down at our table, the only one of its kind in the cafe, and promptly got back up in search of menus.
This isn’t a full service cafe. You go up and order your food with the chefs.
At a glance, the menu seems to be nothing extraordinary. It includes the regulars, like burgers, sides, all-day-brunch, pizzas and sandwiches. These seemingly simple dishes, however, are completely unique in their ingredients, variations and presentation.
I opted for the all American cheeseburger: beef patty, mesclun, tomatoes, onions and cheese on a sesame bun. My burger was a little overcooked and definitely not big enough, but the bun stayed strong throughout, the flavor of the meat was outstanding, and I was in love with the parmesan cheese fries on the side.
Hong Bin went for the Smoked Salmon Focaccia sandwich: smoked salmon, mesclun, tomatoes, onions, cream cheese on toasted focaccia with chips. She thought the salmon was wonderfully powerful, but the thick layer of bread was a little much.
We split Truffle Tater Tots, which were exceptionally crunchy and fresh, though could have benefited from a more intense truffle taste. We had plenty for the two of us and we both agreed those could have been split between four.
For dessert, we each had an ice cream sandwich. I went for Choco Hazelnut and Hong Bin got Milk and Cookies.
Our total meal cost $45.70, which is very reasonable for two people, especially considering the amount of food we got.
If you want a change of pace from the usual P.S. Cafe or American Club, Working Title is an amazingly chic alternative. The decor of the cafe keeps you ‘ooing’ and ‘ahing,’ the food is stunning and the staff are incredibly friendly.