Looking for a strong cup of coffee to start your day? Or are you heading to Brooklyn with your MacBook Air or moleskin notebook in hand to pen your literary masterpiece and want to find the ideal cafe to work on your story?
Cafe culture is thriving in Brooklyn. In the popular HBO TV Show, Girls, the war between a hip cafe and a cafe for locals is central to last season's plot. In short, the coffee world is taken quite seriously in this section of New York City. With new cafes opening up all over Brooklyn, you don't have to settle for Starbucks and other chains.
From lazy mornings sipping a cup of joe to an afternoon cold brew at a hipster cafe, there are many places to find a fantastic brew in Brooklyn. Head to these twelve coffee shops and you'll feel like a local, as you people watch, and relax.
If you can't make it to Brooklyn for some quality cold brew, consider grabbing a Brooklyn based Grady's Cold Brew, which is available throughout the US and then watching an episode of Girls.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Grab a Macchiato from a cafe located in a converted elevator space in Greenpoint or head to their headquarters in Dumbo. Brooklyn Roasting Company "offers New Yorkers best quality Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Organic certified and sustainable coffees." The Dumbo cafe attracts quite a crowd and is a local favorite. It's the ideal space to pick up a cold brew after crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Get some authentic Brooklyn coffee at Brooklyn Roasting Company with locations in Navy Yard and West Elm in Dumbo, this is a must visit when you're in town.
Since 2002, this beloved laid back Park Slope cafe has been serving organic coffee. The original cafe is located on Fifth Avenue, just a few blocks from Barclays Center, it's the perfect spot for a coffee before an event. Gorilla Coffee recently opened a new outpost on Bergen Street. Start your morning with an almond croissant and a latte at this Park Slope favorite. This is a great place to write in your notebook and read the paper, as you absorb the vibe at this homey cafe.
D' Amico Coffee Roasters
This classic Carroll Gardens roaster has a cult following. The smell of coffee dominates the space, as locals stand in line to have their coffee beans ground. In the back of the shop, there are seats, where old-timers dish gossip about the locals. Carroll Gardens, once the setting for the film Moonstruck, is now an area filled with young professionals. D' Amico'sis one of the few places left that evoke the feeling of the once old-world neighborhood charm. Grab a cup of ice, pour yourself an iced coffee, as you eat one of their many pastries at this local favorite. Don't forget to order some beans to go. D' Amico coffee is also served in numerous cafes throughout Brooklyn.
Parkette is a newcomer to Sunset Park. This coffee shop serving up Stumptown Coffee and Dough doughnuts is run by two neighborhood women and employs Sunset Park residents. The cozy cafe has a spot in the back for kids if you have your brood in tow. Located in a neighborhood that is undergoing a transformation with the growth of Industry City and other spots around the hood. If you're exploring Sunset Park or after a trip to Industry City, take a break and have a coffee at Parkette.
Be ready to wait in line at this uber-popular Carroll Gardens coffee shop located across from the Carroll Street Subway station. Seating is limited, but there is a small section in front of the shop where you can sit. The airy cafe is a neighborhood favorite and attracts a morning crowd. Smith Canteen is run by the owners of Nightingale 9 and Wilma Jean, two restaurants that you must dine at during a visit to Carroll Garden's Smith Street. The cafe serves sandwiches and pastries and is a great spot for people watching and to grab a cup of joe before hitting the subway.
This Brooklyn Coffee Shop that also offers a Brew School is located in the heart of Williamsburg. Toby's Estate has a menu of great coffee, but the cafe and roasting plant, gets quite busy and seats are limited. If you do score a seat, enjoy the atmosphere. If you do have a laptop in tow, keep in mind that they don't have outlets. So toss aside the blogging for people watching and plotting your day exploring flavorful Williamsburg. If you're a serious coffee lover, consider signing up for Toby's Estate Public Cupping, which takes place on Saturdays at 10 am and costs 10 bucks, A "Coffee Educator will lead students through a variety of curated offerings. The class will detail a brief history of the cupping ritual, and participants will learn to assess the full sensory experience by focusing on aspects of fragrance, aroma, break, brightness, mouth-feel, and flavor, and leave with a better understanding of the complexity to be found within a great cup of coffee." Enjoy!
Sit and Wonder
If you're heading to Brooklyn to write the great American novel on your laptop, head to Sit and Wonder in Prospect Heights. Gather inspiration from the Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, all located a few blocks from this cafe that serves tasty Stumptown coffee and has a bunch of electrical outlets to keep your laptop at full charge. If you're a true writer nursing a hangover, order a Hangover Helper Sandwich with Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese, Boiled Egg, Fried Sage, Olive Oil, along with your iced brew.
Fans of Girls should head to Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint, which is also the original location that opened in 2005. This is the coffee shop where Hannah, the main character from Girls, spent her early twenties as a barista while dreaming of becoming a writer, and where Ray, her cynical friend served as the manager. Even if you aren't a fan of the TV show, you should stop by the cafe for the tasty pastries and coffee. If you can't make it to the Greenpoint location, you should note that Cafe Grumpy is quickly becoming an NYC chain, with locations around the city. However, the Greenpoint location, which offers free Wi-Fi attracts a crowd and is a neighborhood favorite haunt. After sitting at your computer, searching the web, head onto the streets of Greenpoint, checking out the local shops, bars, and restaurants in this lively section of Brooklyn.
This quirky and charming coffee shop is located in a Fellow Barber, a barbershop in Williamsburg. A true out of the way find, Grade Coffee, is run by two friends who came up with the idea of "the front stoop of a brownstone in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn." Stop in for a Palestina - Colombia: Aromas Del Sur (washed) or Muramvya - Ethiopia: Musumba (honey) from Tandem Coffee Roasters in Maine. The small well-curated menu will satiate even the pickiest coffee lover. After you had your fill of coffee, consider getting a haircut at this unique coffee shop in Williamsburg or take a short walk toward the waterfront and hop on the ferry.