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billyeats Sep 30, 2011 05:57 PM

Hi. We're about to move to Cobble Hill. I am fired up about all the great food but also need coffee recommendations in the above mentioned hoods plus Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights. I already know about Cafe Pedlar (which I love) but what else. The only other place I've been is Ozzys in PSlope and frankly i thought it was terrible. Just being honest.

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Cafe Pedlar
210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    AubWah Nov 3, 2011 03:18 PM

    anywhere other than peddlar and your wasting your time and money

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      mig_nyc Oct 28, 2011 09:12 PM

      what do people think of the swedish cafe Konditori on 5th Avenue? the coffee i've had here hasn't been bad, and the swedish pastry is WHOA. also, lovely (surprise) minimalist interior.

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      Konditori
      186 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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      1. re: mig_nyc
        David11238 Oct 29, 2011 06:26 PM

        I recently went there before heading into Fleischer's. I thought the coffee was terrible. Tasted like strong cardboard. Their cookie, however, was pretty pretty good. I believe it was ginger-lemon.

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        vvv03 Oct 27, 2011 01:04 PM

        You didn't like Ozzy's coffee because it sucks. I'm a coffee snob and walk my dog to 5th Avenue every morning to get my cup of Stumptown drip from Trois Pommes, which is a lovely little bakery across the street from Ozzy's. Everyone who works there is cool and the scones are to die for (as is most of the other stuff, but I mainly go for scones.) Definitely worth a visit!

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        Trois Pommes
        260 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: vvv03
          FastEddie Oct 31, 2011 02:45 PM

          I second Trois Pommes. Excellent coffee and baked goods.

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          Trois Pommes
          260 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        2. Peter Cuce Oct 10, 2011 05:46 PM

          Welcome to the area.

          The people who own Cafe Pedlar also run Prime Meats down near the Hamilton Ave end of Court St, and depending on who is pulling shots, can do a very nice job. There's one barista there who used to work at Cafe Pedlar and knows what she's doing.

          In Park Slope, one of my favorites is Cafe Grumpy on 7th Ave. They roast their own beans in Greenpoint and do a pretty great, consistent job of it. Right now they have a single origin Kenyan espresso that is great with or without milk. The other is Southside Coffee, occupying a corner in a neighborhood that's alternately designated as Park Slope, South Slope, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights or Windsor Terrace. Currently they're using George Howell's Terroir as their espresso and variety of other coffees from Counter Culture, PT's and 49th Parallel.

          In Prospect Heights, Breukelen Coffee House is now doing a consistently good job with Stumptown, especially the espresso. Their cold brew isn't as good as it could be, and I haven't had brewed coffee there in a while.

          I'm not sure what neighborhood this falls into, but the excellent mini-chain Joe the Art of Coffee is occupying a shipping container in DeKalb Market.

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          Southside Coffee
          652 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Prime Meats
          465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Cafe Pedlar
          210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Cafe Grumpy
          383 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Breukelen Coffee House
          764 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

          1. David11238 Oct 8, 2011 11:41 AM

            My favorite places for java aren't in coffee joints:

            Frankies Spuntino (aka Frankie's 457) on 457 Court Street.
            Bark's Hot Dogs on Bergen Street between Flatbush & 5th Ave.
            Blue Marble Ice Cream, on Underhill Ave. They make a really delicious decaf cappuccino as well as the standard coffees.
            7th Avenue Donuts by 9th Street & 7th Avenue.. Very mild, but goes great with their in-house made donuts.

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            Frankies 457 Spuntino
            457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Seventh Avenue Donuts
            324 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Blue Marble Ice Cream
            186 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            Bark Hot Dogs
            474 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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              billyeats Oct 7, 2011 06:23 PM

              Well sure enough in my short time in Cobble Hill thus far, Cafe Pedlar seems to be the only game in town. There are places that serve Stumptown drip, like Miles End, but as for top-notch espresso drinks I've found only duds. Ecropolis (what a teribble name) and Van Leuwen pull mediocre espresso. Have not tried Bien Cuit. I'll have to get over to Joe the Art of Coffee at the Dekalb Market. Joe, in my opinion, is the best coffee in NYC. We need one on Smith St!

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              Cafe Pedlar
              210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Mile End
              97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
              81 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Bien Cuit
              120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              DeKalb Market
              332 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Ecopolis Cafe
              180 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                espelette Oct 8, 2011 09:22 AM

                I have also just moved to Cobble Hill and the two cafes that my husband and I enjoy are Pedlar (of course) and Iris Cafe located in Brooklyn Heights. Iris Cafe has a nice atmosphere, serves Stumptown coffee and has some good food as well. We've only had the iced lattes, so I can't comment on other coffee drinks there, but we've enjoyed the lattes very much.
                http://iriscafenyc.com/

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                Cafe Pedlar
                210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                Iris Cafe
                20 Columbia Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              2. jon Oct 2, 2011 05:55 PM

                Other than cafe pedlar, I like d'amico, maybelles, and bien cuit. I didn't like anything I had at either seersucker or smith canteen, and that includes the food.

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                D'Amico Foods
                309 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Cafe Pedlar
                210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                Seersucker
                329 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Maybelle's Cafe
                502 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Smith Canteen
                343 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Bien Cuit
                120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                  The Cookbook Addict Oct 2, 2011 12:56 PM

                  Crop to Cup on 3rd Avenue - a little of the way for you but they import their own coffee beans and make insane iced lattes. We buy the beans and make at home. They are just starting to sell their beans at Whole Foods and other outlets but the shop is a nice place, and not too far out of the way if you live in the Slope...

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                  Crop to Cup Coffee
                  541 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                    motl Oct 1, 2011 07:32 AM

                    Cafe Martin on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope makes a beautiful cappuccino.

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                    Cafe Martin
                    355 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                      BGRose Sep 30, 2011 08:02 PM

                      Pedlar really is in a class by itself. Though everyone in Brooklyn, it seems, now serves Brooklyn-based roaster Stumptown, Pedlar's baristas seem to serve it better than most (Stumptown's own baristas at their Manhattan location on 29th St. are the best in NYC). Unlike Williamsburg, which boasts superb coffee bars at Blue Bottle and Gimme Coffee, there is very little to write home about in your new neighborhood. Van Leuwen Coffee on Bergen St. serves Intelligensia, but prepares it erratically. Despite its "green" vibe, Ecopolis on Warren St. is only OK. I haven't tried the Counter Culture now being prepared at the shop run by Seersucker on Smith St., so I can't comment. I have yet to find a single decent place in Park Slope, a neighborhood you'd suspect would be overrun.
                      Interested to hear what others have discovered.

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                      Cafe Pedlar
                      210 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                      Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                      81 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                      Ecopolis Cafe
                      180 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                        AubWah Sep 30, 2011 08:50 PM

                        everyone calls cafe pedlar cafe hipster. try the cuppaccino

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                          rdomingo Oct 26, 2011 10:57 PM

                          Stumptown is based in Portland, Oregon.

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                          Stumptown
                          219 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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                            Peter Cuce Oct 27, 2011 12:34 AM

                            But they also roast in Red Hook

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                              rdomingo Oct 27, 2011 11:40 AM

                              :) and happy to finally have them here. They've been roasting in portland for over a decade now, essentially pioneering the direct trade system on the west coast. there 's a great sense of pride for portlanders living in new york to have something so familiar so regularly available, in a local market proliferated by relative mediocrity. It's a hometown pride kinda thing. You understand my fervor in denying any and all claims of stumptown being bk based.

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                                Peter Cuce Oct 27, 2011 10:42 PM

                                I don't agree that the NYC coffee market is currently dominated by relative mediocrity. There's a lot of good stuff out there these days.

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