Mon-Thu, 9am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm
2, 3 at Grand Army Plaza; B, Q at Seventh Ave.
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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