L at Bedford Ave.; G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.; J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.
There's something about this coffee shop that has the feel of a college town cafe. The two floor-to-ceiling windows of the corner place fill the room with sunlight, making it particularly attractive for the laptop writers who occupy their tables for hours at a time, digging the free Wi-Fi and occasionally spacing out to the wall-sized map of the world. Large, milky pendant lights and wooden tables lend a softness to the room, and two outside benches take on some of the extra traffic when the turnover slows down. Everything is served at the counter, and hot and cold drinks run the typical gamut-cappuccino, espresso, mocha, sweet and spicy chai latte, and a strong yet delicately foamed macchiato, as well as Odwalla juices and Boylan's sodas. The edibles cover basic breakfast pastries—soft scones, danishes and muffins—as well as a few lunch items, like mozzarella, pesto and tomato or a nicely mashed tuna salad on a baguette. Bagels also go over big, especially topped with creamy hummus or tender slices of lox.Extra
The cafe largely empties out by nighttime, leaving plenty of seats for freelancers on an evening schedule.Recommended Dishes
Bagel with cream cheese and lox, $6; tuna salad on baguette, $6