- 2am Coffee
Except for during that precious week or so set aside for vacation, our regular schedules involve us waking up way earlier than we’re ready to, and somehow, keeping going until well into the night. The solve here, of course, is to obediently fuel our bodies over and over again with high octane espresso and coffee, starting first thing in the morning, with multiple re-ups in the afternoon to get over the mid-day slump. Heck, many of us even work out of coffee shops, as an excuse to get out of our musky jammies for once and pretend to be contributing members of society. So if you’re already on track to becoming better acquainted with your baristas than you are with certain members of your family, don’t waste your time and money in a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. From their excellent caffeinated drinks to above-average food and extra amenities (including the all-important free WiFi), we’ve rounded up our favorite coffee bars in Brooklyn.
Qathra, Ditmas Park
Drinks: Pour-over and cold-brewed Counter Culture Coffee, specialty drinks like Conpanas and Cortados, an extensive selection of Rishi Organic Tea including Spicy Ginger Mate, Blueberry Rooibos, Sencha Superior and Pu-Erh Blood Orange.
Food: Pastries from Balthazar Bakery, housemade waffles, breakfast sandwiches and donuts.
Amenities: Spacious back patio with a working fountain, free WiFi.
1112 Cortelyou Rd.,(718) 484-3322
Glass Shop, Crown Heights
Drinks: La Colombe Torrefaction coffee, Australian favorites like Flat Whites and Short Blacks, homemade iced chocolate milk
Food: Pastries from Joyce Bakeshop, bagels on the weekend, nighttime dinner service from new owners, PeteZaaz.
Amenities: Backyard, WiFi, nighttime dinner service from new owners, PeteZaaz.
766 Classon Ave.,(347) 297-2399
Brooklyn Kolache Co., Bed Stuy
Drinks: Locally roasted Kitten coffee.
Food: Kolaches are the name of the game here; super portable Chekoslovakian pastries in sweet and savory iterations, like poppy seed, peach, peanut butter and jelly, and eggs, chorizo and cheese.
Amenities: Roomy interior, bucolic backyard, WiFi, movie viewings, local art nights.
520 Dekalb Ave.,(718) 398-1111
Fine & Raw, Bushwick
Drinks: Coffee and espresso, but how can you order anything but iced or hot chocolate?
Food: Candy bars for breakfast! Ok, health nuts, there are cookies and croissants too.
Amenities: Free WiFi, impromptu chocolate factory tours, just smells so damn nice.
288 Seigel St.,(718) 366-3633
Baked, Red Hook
Drinks: Stumptown coffee and espresso.
Food: House-made everything, from Nutella scones and cinnamon buns to southern style biscuits and granola parfaits.
Amenities: This being Red Hook, it’s the perfect place to jazz up on caffeine and sugar before your inevitable endless slog to work.
359 Van Brunt St., (718) 222-0345
- Jonathan Jacobsen
WTF Coffee Lab, Fort Greene
Drinks: Rotating roasters (currently serving Coava coffee), an intensely serious brew bar featuring French Press, Chemex, Sock Pot, Pour Over, Siphon and Cold Brew methods
Food: Utterly besides the point. Order an apple danish, if you must.
Amenities: Weekly “Beer Club” with mystery keg and craft beer tastings and espresso body shots.
47 Willoughby Ave., No Phone
Iris Café, Brooklyn Heights
Drinks: Stumptown coffee and Grady’s Cold Brew. Freshly squeezed juice. Morning cocktails!
Food: Best breakfast options by far — think housemade baked goods and biscuits, avocado toast, smoked salmon salad, and a country ham, cheddar, hardboiled egg and onion jam baguette.
Amenities: Open morning until night; attached store selling must-have groceries like Annie’s Bunny Grahams, Near East Couscous, Tabasco Pepper Jelly and Agave in the Raw.
20 Columbia Pl.,(718) 722-7395
Southside Coffee, South Slope:
Drinks: Intelligentsia espresso, Counter Culture and PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. drip, prepared in a French Press or filtered Clever Dripper.
Food: Muffins, scones and cookies from Lot 2, croissants from Balthazar.
Amenities: Small outdoor seating area, pleasantly no-frills and unpretentious.
652 6th Ave.,(347) 599-0887
The Blue Stove, Williamsburg:
Drinks: Illy espresso, Gillie’s organic, fair-trade coffee, housemade spiced hot cocoa, mulled apple cider and chai
Food: There’s nothing outsourced here; order fresh-from-the-oven molasses coffeecake, leek and smoked gouda quiche, and savory puff pastries filled with mission figs, herbed goat cheese, rosemary and sea salt.
Amenities: Free WiFi, chill soundtrack, country cute interiors including, yes, a circa 1920’s blue stove.
415 Graham Ave.,(718) 766-7419
- Hungry Sofia
Café Pedlar, Cobble Hill
Drinks: Stumptown drip or brew-to-order coffee, double-shot espresso, loose-leaf tea, homemade chocolate ganache hot chocolate.
Food: Pretzel braids with Vermont butter and grey salt, Blue Sky muffins, spinach turnovers, ham and cheese croissants.
Amenities: Retail shop selling Chemex pots, granola and steel cut oats (so you can finally start making breakfast at home, you spendthrift bastard, you!)
210 Court St.,(718) 855-7129