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Open Book Cafe by Mambo

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.672926 -73.968899
at Flatbush Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
877-626-2685 Send to Phone

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

barriofoods.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 9am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm

Nearby Subway Stops

2, 3 at Grand Army Plaza; B, Q at Seventh Ave.

Prices

$5.95-$8.75

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

This open-air café on the front plaza of Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch in Prospect Heights is a favorite of Pratt students and (natch) librarians. From restaurateur Spencer Rothschild and Nuevo Latino chef Alex Garcia, the set-up is Cosí meets stellar street cart. Salads and sandwiches are pre-made, and there are hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill. But it’s the baked goods that really stand out here. Made fresh daily, the selection includes croissants, muffins, and a perfectly moist brownie. The indoor-lobby café has hot breakfast every morning, but come afternoon you’ll find the bookworms swigging self-serve coffee from New Jersey–based Kobriks, or Mambo’s own sweet mango iced tea while reading under an umbrella at one of the two dozen or so patio tables.

Recommended Dishes

Brownie, $1.75

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