Mon-Thu, 7:30am-6:30pm; Sat, 8am-6pm; Sun, 8:30am-5:30pm
M, R at Union St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
4th St. to Sackett St.; 6th Ave. to Bond St.
Amongst neighboring auto repair shops and empty store fronts, this bright, airy coffee shop is a welcome addition to Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue. The brews here are phenomenal—a rotating list of Brazilian and Dominicana beans that will convince even the most indifferent Dunkin’ Donuts drinker that coffee can have qualities like “fig aroma” and “notes of lime.” The house-made muffins, like the sugar-sprinkled, ginger-flecked zucchini-peach-pecan, are great accompaniments to your $1.75 cup o’ joe. Root Hill Café offers a full lunch menu, but most regulars camp out to snack solo with a laptop. The soups, while intriguing—pumpkin orange zest puree anyone?—tend to misfire, and ingredients in beautifully presented salads are disappointingly bland while the dressing is too oily. A Belle and Sebastien-esque soundtrack and brick walls make the space feel more college canteen than Brooklyn brownstone. Larger appetites should opt for the grilled cheese sandwich—the parmesan-crusted bread is an ideal textural counterpart to a gooey interior.