Brothers Luke and Martin Harvey have built a cafe out in the sticks with the perfect balance of Melbourne cool, American inspiration and an adverse location.

Taking its name from the end-of-the-line station in Brooklyn, New Lots is perched on the industrial perimeter of South Melbourne, but it’s got plenty of things going for it: excellent coffee, good food and a quiet suburban park for a neighbour.

Together with his brother and Jonathan Nolan (ex-Automatic), Luke gutted the old milk bar to make way for New Lots, cramming a commercial kitchen and cafe into the tiny space. But surrounded by glass windows, industrial buildings and wide streets, the eatery has room to breathe. And it will probably need it, especially once the locals realise the boys are dishing up slow roasted lamb shoulder or pork belly sandwiches and ‘hot dawgs’ with mixed slaw from 11am. Vegetarians can also breathe a sigh of relief: the ‘Eggs Brooklyn’ with mayo, avocado and salsa are tops and there are a variety of fine looking salads.

Martin was determined to distinguish New Lots from the plethora of 'cute' Melbourne cafes instead going down a more 'Brooklyn' feel with original artwork, old train signals and station signs sourced from New York.