Everyone who walked in did what I did - looked around, a bit confused, trying to figure out the newly opened cafe that took over the old Tea Lounge space. They want to cover all the bases, serving a strange mix of Eastern European comfort food, ice cream, baked goods, coffee and even smoothies. I didn't stay befuddled too long, I was coming off an eight-hour conference call and was starving. I glanced at the menu and chose the first thing I saw - chicken meatloaf with mashed potatoes.
Does the name Karloff conjure up anything? Whenever I hear the name I think of Martin Landau's portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the movie Ed Wood.
The chicken loaf was pretty good, though a touch bland - about what you expect for the territory. I wolfed it down, potatoes too. Truth be told, I was so hungry I almost ate the flower display in the middle of the large communal table. The compote was nice - a mix of plums, cherries and other fruit served in a glass jar. The menu is small: beef stroganoff with kasha, beef stew, stuffed cabbage, blinis and mac n cheese. I'm guessing it will expand over time.
256 Court Street