If you just want a standard coffee shop in Williamsburg rather than a cafe/bar hybrid where the guy next to you pitches “the next big thing on HSN” after every IPA, then check out And / Or. It’s right at the entrance to the Lorimer L stop, and it has a good number of two-person tables, a counter in the window, and a communal table in the back in case you have a big group.
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We really like Mable’s for its sheer BBQ simplicity. That, and Frito Pie. Get involved.
Chimu Peruvian Cuisine
Chimu is a Peruvian spot in Williamsburg that’s a good option for casual group dinners. The back patio is also nice for summer date nights.
Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
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Kos Kaffe Roasting House
Kos Kaffe is a neighborhood coffee shop in Park Slope where you can get a good sandwich or a salad and sit a nice little table.
The Elk is a coffee shop in the West Village that looks how you’d expect a coffee shop in West Village to look. It’s “cute.” And they sell candles.
PLG Coffee House and Tavern
PLG Coffee House & Tavern is where you go to get a BEC in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
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Freehold is a coffeeshop/workspace by day and a bar by night. They have a great backyard, but expect crowds on peak nights.
Little Skips is one of the best coffee shops in Bushwick to grab a sandwich and hang with your laptop.
The West—Coffeehouse & Bar
The West is a coffee shop and bar with plenty of seating and an outdoor patio in Williamsburg.
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