Urban in East, Howick

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Highlight would have to be the peppermint hot chocolate! Dark chocolatey goodness with a smooth peppermint taste. The Panko crumbed fish was nicely battered and fried. The chips were perfectly crisp as well. Open steak sandwich was ok. I like how the fish and chips came with a side of salad. I also liked how the salad wasn't just mesclun greens.

Found this cafe today while looking for a place to eat in Howick! There's many popular cafe's in Howick but this was one I had never heard of. The decor in here was lovely! They had blankets for those seated outside which was a nice touch. My friend especially liked the licorice lolly artwork. We ordered a peanut butter mocha, fish and chips and the chicken bacon burger. The food took a very long time to come out which was bit of a disappointment. It wasn't busy so quicker service would have been nice. However! The food was definitely worth it. My friend immensely enjoyed her fish and chips! I enjoyed my burger but it a little underseasoned for my taste. A good burger nonetheless. The mocha was disappointing as we couldn't taste the peanut butter and it was far too sweet. The customer service was great, all the staff were lovely and smiley! Overall, a nice cosy spot in Howick with lovely customer service and tasty food!

Absolutely incredible food! Delicious!! The staff were so friendly and helpful! Such an amazing environment ☺ will definitely go back! Absolutely amazing!

Ordered the Blueberry Waffles - could barely finish it! Tasted amazing, coffee came promptly, staff were easy going yet professional and blankets were also provided for the outside tables - need I say more?

Had heard lots of good reviews about this cafe so was keen to try it. The cafe occupies a corner on the Main Street in Howick - lots of available parking. Seating is inside & out, and the cafe is really light with lots of windows to let in natural light. Service was excellent, right from the lady welcoming & getting you seated as you arrive through to the other wait staff & cashier. Menu has lots of different options - I tried the avocado on toast with poached egg & bacon jam. The bacon jam was a nice addition. Coffee was very well made. Keen to visit again & try more of the menu including the waffles which I've heard good things about also.

Urban In East is a local family owned & operated cafe.  Unfortunately, dinners are not served. Open steak sandwich was OK; fries were lovely. Cheese sandwich with sweet chilli chicken was good. Meat, as usual for sandwiches, was tough, but the taste was good. Rhubarb & custard brioche was excellent - soft with sweet delicious filling.  (Food - 3.5/5; Service - 4/5; Ambience - 3/5) P.S. I like what were written on the blackboard behind the counter (see photo)

It appears that I have been a little MIA – it’s been nearly two months since my last blog post! Although I haven’t been writing blog posts, but I still regularly update my Instagram with my dining adventures – follow me at @mydiningjourney. . Whenever I’m in Howick for brunch, the go-to cafe for my friends and I have always been Howick Village Cafe. So when my friend mentioned about Urban in East just around the corner, I thought it was new! Turns out, it’s been there for a good year, so we decided to check this place out.

Went there for a quick takeaway coffee on Good Friday. We ordered a flatwhite and a cappuccino. They came out really quickly and they were the one of the best coffees I had in ages in east Auckland. Staff are always friendly and the barista's great to talk to. Their shelves are fully stocked with goodness such as Harney & Sons tea, West Coast cocoa and Vivace espresso's Union Blend and single origin of the week. Will definitely come back for more coffee and am keen to try their Chemex.Highly recommended if you are in the area.

We got a corn turmeric waffle for breakfast. I love the composition of the dish with chorizo, egg and greens. It's not the usual sweet waffles, but done beautifully. Service is great, waitresses are really nice and attentive. Portion is just right, I saw a gent that sat next to us ordered a 'big' breakfast. Foods toppled over! Very generous if you are hungry! I'm hoping to try other dishes on the menu.

Quite easily, the BEST cafe in Howick! My second visit here in a while and both times, everything is incredible. The staff welcoming and friendly as though your walking into their homes, the coffee fantastic and the food to match. Atmosphere is buzzing and the place feels clean and cozy. Table service just adds to the atmosphere as they do the service well, My water glass was topped out throughout. That guy with the tattoos makes a damn good coffee and the ladies on the floor, nothing was too much to ask for. Best Cafe for sure. Please keep it up. Owen

Although the food is amazing the way the staff are treated is unacceptable I have seen batista throw items behind cafe desk whilst I'm trying to drink my coffee, I definitely will not be returning. Very disappointing.

Such a nice vibe in this cafe! Staff were on the ball with really fast friendly service! This is actually so hard to find! Food was also great, crepes and waffles were yummmy!! And very reasonably priced!! We will be back!

Been into this cafe once before, but more impressed when I visited last Saturday. Staff very friendly and though busy still spent time with us telling us about the menu. Had the crepes this time which were delicious!! Huge portion too!! Big thumbs up on the mushrooms too! Recommend this place for sure for everyone in the area

A friend told me to check this place out and I was not disappointed! In fact, the best experience I've had in a while. I arrived with my partner and we were greeted immediately by a young woman with a big smile. She sat us down with menus and water and told us special dishes of the day. So far, impressed and we felt welcomed. We ordered a latte and a peppermint hot chocky with a smashed avocado and my man had the mince on toast. Drinks came out fast and hot and we're delicious. Food arrived shortly after and looked stunning. The avo was beautiful and had alot of flavours running through it and my man said his mince was 'epic'. Service was amazing as its all table service and our water glasses topped up throughout. Definitely best cafe in the area as we have tried a few. Wouldn't mind something this style and bang out our way in Ellerslie. We left with a couple of fresh juices which were scummy and very satisfying. Thankyou Urban! We will be back! 😚

Popped in here for a late lunch after the gym, glad that we did! Right on the Main Street in Howick you'll find this little cafe - but it isn't any old place! If you're anything like me you love a range of dairy free products and allergen friendly options, and this is the place for it in Howick 😍. From trim milk to coconut milk, from eggs Benedict to vegan bowls - it's all here for you! The food was pretty decent and only needed some flavor adjustments and slightly fresher ingredients but otherwise I had no issue. I'll finish off by saying that the service here is literally out of this world. I've never felt so special while at any eatery in Auckland! Nothing was too much of an issue for the staff here, especially David 😁. Check this place out if you're an East Aucklander

Very good service! Love the eggs Benedict! Will recommend all friends and colleagues to go see this wonderful establishment. If you wish to come here, it's mandatory to try the eggs bene!!!

I was very disappointed with the experience I had in this cafe this morning. I ordered a small flat white and the crepes. When I finished almost all of it, I found either a armpit hair or pubis in my plate. It was so disgusting!! My friend who sat opposite to me stopped eating immediately. I called the staff coming to have a look, so the lady came to take the plate to the kitchen. After a minute, she came out and apologised, and she told me that the kitchen staff did followed their procedures, and so did all their other staff. Therefore she would offer me 10% off from my bill. What could I say? Was that my pubis??? To avoid any arguments in the new year, I paid off my bills and walked away. Very very disappointing. By the way, I live and work in this area. Our staff always bought coffee from them. From now on, I think we should stop buying anything from them.

Had visited this cafe when it first opened and really enjoyed it, however on a recent visit (last week) was really disappointed. The food was not enjoyable, poor presentation and not appealing at all. Not sure if they have had a change of chefs but definitely noticed a big change. Quite a shame as it is in a great spot.

Yes great little addition to howick! Good coffee and food friendly welcoming staff. Beautiful layout a must if you are in howick. Very very satisfied

Hate to say but it just didn't do it for us. My daughter and I ate here today. Lunch menu wasn't available at 11 30am so I had the smashed avocado and she had the roast fruit crepes. The flavours in mine drowned the avocado and they weren't that nice. One of my daughter crepes was under cooked the other over cooked and the whole thing lacked flavour. The urban sunrise juice was delicious. The staff were friendly and The decor is lovely. Maybe a little too hipster rather than tasty.

Nice little cafe, food was yum, had the House Bene with Portobello mushrooms on the side and it was delish. Coffee wasn't good though ordered a Moccachino and it came out warm, The water they served had a funny taste also. A very busy spot, good food, below average coffee..

I went to this new cafe and ask for small double shot flat white. Coffee was not good at all. Still after putting two shot in small cup I can't taste coffee. Sorry was ok not too good. Staff was looking excited that's why i give 1.5 rating otherwise this is the worst cup of coffee I ever had. I am surprise how cafe can run business with this type of coffee. I won't come back of I get same type of coffee. Cafe looks clean . Will try one more time in next few months. Worst coffee ever. ?

First up the service was really friendly, the specials were explained and water provided as soon as we sat down. We took the breakfast corn waffles with bacon jam and also a lunch dish, chicken skewers flavoured with lime and coriander, served with hummus and ciabatta. Daughter had chamomile & lavender tea and I had a latte, both were good. The food was ok, no wow factor. What did look impressive was the steak pie that was carried out to one of the tables, I was told that the pastry is home made and the steak marinated in guinness, maybe we'll try that next time. Once again I'll stress that we were made to feel very welcome. The cafe was very busy despite it being a quiet Monday morning in the village.

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121 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland
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