During the last decade Brooklyn, New York has undergone rapid development and expansion.
The hip, up-and-coming spot full of interesting people and places depicted on television is exactly what you will find when visiting the borough. With the influx of people has come new business, buildings and tremendous growth in the downtown area. As the community develops and expands so has the need for community gathering spots. That need has been met with a number of unique coffee shops that have sprung up throughout the community. Whether you are looking to grab a quick cup of Joe or to hang out for the afternoon, these locations have that which you seek.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
This coffee shop at 25 Jay Street in Brooklyn is the perfect location if you are looking for a great cup of coffee and an aesthetically pleasing spot to hang out at for a couple of hours. There is a ton of seating, comfortable couches, and tables made from the wood leftover from the original buildout. The dark, textured wood creates a warm, inviting atmosphere in the café. The coffee is organic and the best quality fair trade coffee you can find in New York. This is a great space to meet up with friends or relax by yourself with a good book.
Milk & Roses, Greenpoint
Walking into Milk & Roses on Manhattan Avenue feels like you are walking into someone’s private reading room. The space is filled with exposed, raw wood, comfortable couches, and walls lined with hardback books. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to disappear for a while and recharge. In addition to the beautiful interior, the shop boasts a beautiful outdoor garden. Poetry readings happen on the regular here and in the evenings the owners have a menu that includes wine and Italian fare.
The Williamsburg location of Sweetleaf opened in May of 2012 and has proved to be quite popular. The design of the café centers around exposed brick walls and includes reclaimed wood throughout the space. The location mixes European café style seating with oversized chairs to create a relaxed, communal atmosphere. It is great space to visit whether you are looking to get a quick shot of espresso on your way to work or settling in for an afternoon to work on a screenplay. The menu includes traditional coffee drinks as well as specialty items like the Voodoo Child, a sweet and creamy iced Vietnamese style brew.