There may be a Starbucks lurking around every corner, but these seven independent Brooklyn coffee shops won't steer you wrong when it comes to delicious, hot beverages to keep you toasty this winter. And you'll be supporting a local business. It's a win/win situation.
If you are in need of atmosphere, look no further than Williamsburg's Blackbird Parlour. Located two blocks from the Bedford L, this cafe features Danesi espresso, your choice of over fifteen types of tea, alcoholic punch, and wine and beer. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served all day with snacks in between if you get hungry. The only downside is it can get crowded in here and the place is understaffed - and no free refills.
Boneshakers has the corner on the Vegan health market. So if you're interested in a soy burger to accompany your choice of organic tea or coffee, this is your place. Coffee comes from Gimme Coffee and their bread comes from Balthazar - this upscale vegetarian friendly coffee shop is also a great place to sit with a book and savor your drink. Downside: cash only.
4. Cafe Grumpy
Cafe Grumpy has locations in Greenpoint, Park Slope and Chelsea, making it one of the most popular coffeeshops in New York City. The Greenpoint branch is usually populated by Graduate Students typing away at their laptops, so don't expect to get a seat during the day. Pick up a cup of their coffee, roasted in house!
Tillie's of Fort Greene is the real deal community coffee shop. There's an open mic night, a reading salon, live music and food in addition to coffee, and it's a great place to work during the day - one coffee gets you free WiFi but they ask that you limit your use to two hours. In addition to coffee, espresso and tea Tillie's also offers smoothies and vegan pastries.