The coffee scales have officially tipped in Brooklyn, NY, 11238: it may sound hard to picture, but this once humble working-class area didn't even used to have a biergarten. Thankfully, these days there's ample caffeination alongside these Ample Hills, and it should be even easier to pick up your lattes on the way to Barclay's.
'Milk Bar' on Serious Eats
A precise two-biter, with all the bright summery notes of lemons and strawberries, I'm keeping this in my rotation until the fall season rolls around. (And then, it's back to the banana cake truffle.)
Bluebird Coffee Shop, the beloved Lower East Side serious-coffee-boîte-and-bakery, changed hands two weeks ago, and is now reopened. The changeover from original owners Mark Connell and wife Jessica Connell to Alex Hall and Sabrina Godfrey, owners of two popular Brooklyn neighborhood cafes (MIlk Bar in Prospect Heights and Cafe Madeleine in Ditmas Park) has spawned an unusual amount of controversy—and sparked an interesting question: what makes a special coffee shop special?
Vegetarians, we haven't forgotten about you. At Milk Bar in Prospect Heights, the Mushroom Toast ($5) may not be much to look at, but it's one hefty meal—big chunks of portobellos, sautéed in garlic, butter, and cream, soaking into the hearty multi-grain bread such that no further sauce is needed.