Root Hill Cafe
There is a new coffee place on the corner of 4th Ave. and Carroll st. called Root Hill Cafe. There's no sign identifying it (yet) but there is a painting of a coffee cup in the window.
I highly recommend the place--
--the coffee--We tried the latte and a cup of coffee and they were both fantastic. The crema on the latte was very rich and both cups had a strong yet flavorful taste.
--the small menu--from what I remember, they offer a small choice of salads and sandwiches--we got a chicken salad sandwich and a salad; the sandwich was served on chewy, thick WW bread that went really well w/the chicken. The salad was carrot w/toasted pumpkin seeds on red lettuce. The salad was quite nice, w/the pumpkin seeds adding a contrasting flavor.
--the servers--Everyone working there the 2 days I went were very friendly and informative.
--the ambience--Its a comfortable place w/lots of tables and chairs and loungy type areas . There were several people plugged into their computers. I sat there for about an hour, reading. It is def. designed by an architect--there are lots of beautiful touches including the furniture, the wonderful bathroom w/penny tile on the ceiling and walls and concrete floor w/marbles imbedded in it.
So check it out. Before it gets too crowded!
My child goes to school around the corner (The Children's School), and I am a big fan of their baked goods and Clover Coffee. I don't know if Clover is the Best Coffee in the World, but it's a darn good cuppa joe. It's a worthy alternative to overpriced espresso-based drinks at, say, a large coffee chain.
I do know that they aren't making a whole lot of money. So, if you want to support local businesses, or try the legendary Clover Coffee, head on over to Carroll & 4th Avenue.
Seems like they're still figuring out the workflow, but the capuccino I had was very good— I'd say best in South Brooklyn. Also tried regular drip, which was strong and had a pleasant roundness, but nothing great. Haven't had the Clover there, as I tend to save that rare treat for when I'm in the vincinty of a Cafe Grumpy (and their superlative beans).
Went here for the first time today. I got an Americano which was the best I've had in a very long time. My husband got the Clover coffee -- wonderful. It felt a little surreal to pay more than $3 for a non-espresso based cup of coffee. But then I thought of the hundreds (thousands?) of lousy cups of coffee I've spend money on in a lifetime and figured that the near guarantee of a good coffee experience might be worth $3.
We found the service and the whole feel of the place friendly and happy. Excited to find it.