L at Montrose Ave.
This venue is closed.
Economics and rent stabilization issues may consign New York’s latest crop of aspiring artists to Bushwick, but at least they don’t have to trek to Williamsburg for a quick bite or jolt of java—or even an art show or live jazz. Potion, housed in a former industrial space, offers these necessities with bare-bones simplicity and winning grace. Although its steep steps and dim cavernous interior still suggest that it’s all warehouse, the cafe’s comfy couches, casual tables, and raid-the-fridge menu make it more of a clubhouse. In addition to croissants, bagels, and cake-textured muffins, the menu offers a handful of fresh, sturdy sandwiches like turkey and brie on a substantial French roll, a hummus panini, and a sharp cheddar-and-pesto croissant. The bar serves strong organic coffee, serious tea, and a selection of wine, beer, and mixed drinks. The atmosphere is loose and laid-back, and the cafe doubles as a gallery and performance space for its neighbors. With this unpretentious little haven so close at hand, the fresh-faced urban-outfitted Bushwick kids aren’t missing out on much at all.Extra
Potions’s MySpace page has info on upcoming art exhibits, music performances, parties, and other events.Recommended Dishes
Hummus on croissant, $6.25; tuna-melt sandwich, $6.25