New: Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar is your quirky neighborhood cafe with shots of flavor you won’t find anywhere else

Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar

Many modern cafes resemble sacred temples of the coffee bean: where we devotees line up to ponder things like bean selection, roasting technique, and which one tastes the most like glass.

As seen in the hit TV series Friends – which I believe is a documentary – cafes haven’t always been so serious. They were quirky little places where people did quirky little things. You might walk into Spot Coffee in the 90s and see people reading poetry to an open mic or playing chess at a table in the corner as notes of patchouli waft through the air.

The new Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar in Lockport is a bit of a throwback to those idiosyncratic old cafes. As she talks about her coffee, owner Madison Greenwald gradually describes it as a mix of personal preferences that somehow make sense together.

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Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar
Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar
Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar

“I was catering in a commercial kitchen, and I didn’t have a physical place for the catering business,” she says. “It’s also been my life’s dream to own a cafe. I had just put it on hold for a bit. Especially during the pandemic, I thought a brick and mortar was not going to happen anytime soon.

Turns out opening up when the pandemic ended (fingers crossed on that) was the right move.

“The focus has shifted a little bit to coffee because that’s where I spend most of my time,” says Greenwald.

One look at the cafes Instagram, and the restaurant background becomes quite obvious. Images of magazine-ready pastries and scones pop out of the screen. But these are just bait to lure you in, a gateway to the true personality of coffee.

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Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar
Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar
Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar

The cafe also has a full espresso bar and one of the more interesting options are the ‘coffee oils’. Made with essential oils, coffee oils are like coffee syrups, but without the sugar. By letting customers use the oils for flavor and then letting them add their own level of sugar, Greenwald gives customers more control over their coffee.

“I don’t like the sugar in my coffee at all,” she explains. “So if you want a shot of flavor but without the sugar, you can use coffee oils. You can’t really find that anywhere else.

In another unique twist, Gypsy Kitchen offers one of the most eye-catching meal prep options. A weekly rotating menu includes salads with rainbows of vegetables and bowls of rice that come with classic Asian toppings.

“It seems like a lot of these meal prep companies are started by people from the fitness world,” says Greenwald. “I guess I was just struck that the presentation just isn’t very nice with these meal preps. I’m looking at pictures online and thinking, ‘I wouldn’t eat that!

“I come from the food world, and it’s all about presentation. I thought if I could keep the look healthy and also make it look good, that’s the ticket to stand out in the space. Because some of the really successful places serve food that doesn’t look good to me. Maybe so, but I wouldn’t know!

Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar
Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar
Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar

Located in a converted house on East Avenue, the cafe itself also has a lot more personality than some of the more modern cafes. Like the food and drink options, the cafe’s whimsical decor stems primarily from Greenwald’s personal tastes, particularly his love of European coffeehouses.

“A lot of times it can look like random stuff thrown together, but it all really works,” she says.

Hours of operation at time of publication (subject to change): Tuesday to Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday and Monday CLOSED

Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar

272 East Ave Lockport, NY 14094 • $

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Niagara County

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