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Project Latte’s 2012 Roundup of NYC Coffee Shop Openings Part 2: Brooklyn

After a more exact accounting, we’ve figured out that nearly 50 independent coffee shops and cafes opened in 2012 in New York City, with just over half in Manhattan, a couple in Queens, and the remainder in Brooklyn, of which we made it to all except a couple.

Cappuccino Reynard Cappuccino | Reynard at Wythe Hotel

This is the second of three articles. The first, covering 19 shops, was devoted for the most part to existing businesses that extended their reach into new neighborhoods with second or third shops, but it also included a section devoted to cafes opening in places such as upper Manhattan and sections of Queens where no specialty coffee had gone before.

This article, Part 2, is devoted to the 15 unaffiliated shops in Brooklyn, since beyond geography, there isn’t much thematically to group these shops together except for the fact that an awful lot of them chose Stumptown as their coffee roaster. The third article of this series will cover similarly unaffiliated shops in Manhattan.

Reynard at Wythe Hotel Reynard at Wythe Hotel | Williamsburg

We’ll begin in northernmost Brooklyn with Reynard which technically isn’t even a shop but instead the ground floor restaurant of Northside Williamsburg’s the Wythe Hotel. As sister to one of our Southside faves, Marlow & Sons, Reynard has a quality coffee program, using beans from George Howell’s Terroir and of late, Parlor Coffee. Since it is a hotel, you can stop by pretty much anytime for a coffee at the bar, pastries, amazing grub, or even a glass of wine or a well-crafted cocktail.

Parlor Coffee | Havemeyer St | Williamsburg Parlor Coffee | Williamsburg

One of our favorite new shops of 2012, at least for coffee, was Parlor Coffee, which serves wonderful self-roasted espresso only and occupies a tiny closet-sized space in the rear of the Persons of Interest Barbershop on Havemeyer St. Bedford Baking Studio is a beautiful pastel-orange bakery on south Bedford Ave serving Crop to Cup. And Pudge Knuckles, opened by a former rock climber seemingly more interested in branding opportunities than in coffee, is a cafe on the ground floor of one of the Edge buildings on the Williamsburg waterfront, serving a bitter brew that they roast themselves in Sunnyside, Queens.

Heavy Woods | Wyckoff Ave (Willoughby Ave) | Bushwick Heavy Woods | Bushwick

Heading east into Bushwick, there are two shops within a couple of blocks of each other on Wyckoff Avenue: Heavy Woods, a pretty corner bar with a daytime coffee program serving Cafe Grumpy-roasted beans, espresso drinks only; and their-down-the-street neighbor, oddball Cobra Club, serving Counter Culture, an unlovely yoga studio/restaurant/bar/cafe hybrid with an adjacent alleyway outdoor area. West of here is Skytown, a daytime coffee shop (serving Stumptown drip only), nightime bar, and creative farm-to-table (primarily) vegetarian restaurant, hunkered under the Myrtle Ave J/M/Z station on the Bushwick/Bedford Stuyvesant/Southside Williamsburg border.

Crosby Coffee, Classon Ave (Bergen St) Crosby Coffee | Crown Heights

Traveling south, there are a couple of new shops in Crown Heights. Little Zelda, a Franklin Ave community jewel run by a friendly couple, serves coffee from Toby’s Estate, while beautiful white Crosby Coffee on Classon and Bergen offers up Lower East Side dark-roasted Caffe Vita along with Italian sodas. In Fort Greene, Myrtle Avenue’s Carthage 521 is more of a restaurant/hookah bar with daytime cafe/working space than a coffee shop, although they do make coffee, and over in Clinton Hill is hard-to-find brownstone basement Primrose Cafe, which originally opened serving Dallis Coffee but has now switched to Kitten.

Hungry Ghost Cafe, Flatbush Ave Hungry Ghost | Prospect Heights

Moving over into Prospect Heights, Barclay’s Center neighbor and instant neighborhood favorite Hungry Ghost, opened by the owner of Prospect Perk, has a food menu consisting primarily of sandwiches, lots of homemade pastries, and Stumptown Coffee. South Slope’s Italian-inflected Crespella (which as a second branch, should have been included in the previous article in this series), is primarily a crepe shop, but offers daytime workspace and Stumptown Coffee, while Seventh Avenue’s Couleur Cafe leans French and provides coffee roasted in Dumbo at Brooklyn Roasting Company.

To keep abreast of ongoing cafe openings, save our ever-changing Foursquare list of independent New York City coffee shops that have opened in the last six months.

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