Breukelen Coffee House

761A Franklin Ave(btwn Franklin & St Johns Pls)Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 789-7070
2345 at Franklin Ave; S at Park Pl
Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
Coffee Roaster

Although Breukelen Coffee House, which opened on Franklin Ave when it was still more sketchy than not, enjoyed a stint as best coffee shop in Crown Heights, this is no longer the case, due to two separate factors. First of all, they’re not preparing the coffee as well as they used to, and strangely, no demitasse cups are offered for espresso; instead, all drinks are served in cappuccino cups. Secondly, another shop, Little Zelda, has opened down the street, and they’re a little more serious about their coffee despite a sub-par espresso machine.

However, with strong wifi and a renovated back room packed with homemade picnic tables, chairs, and plenty of outlets, Breukelen Coffee House retains the crown for best area cafe to get some work done. There’s even an expanded living room area in the rear of the dimly lit space, occupied by two wide plush leather chairs that face an equally plush sofa, all undergirded by a slightly dingy Oriental carpet. A somewhat claustrophobic outdoor area can be found behind the shop; this is mostly used by smokers.

Food offerings are limited to a smattering of Balthazar pastries.