The final stops in my frugal summertime trips to Williamsburg had their own distinctive points.
The coffee and the oat pastry I had at And/Or (561 Lorimer Street, 646-284-0268) were decent, but the ambiance was the principle strength of this café. This downstairs delight is a perfect spot to grab a cozy seat and go analog, journaling as you enjoy people watching the above foot traffic.
If you don’t mind paying cash ---and a little more than you would expect--- (though you will be pleased to discover you get a lot more smile and a lot less of that affected stare that is tragically de rigueur in these parts) there is always Atlas (116 Havermeyer Street, 718-782-7470). The sumptuously smoky flavor profile of the espresso drink is as memorable as it is unique.
Last but certainly not least: the café that cemented itself in my mind as the best coffee to be had in Williamsburg during all of my summer sojourns was no other than Oslo Coffee Roasters (133 Roebling Street , 718-782-0332). They’ve been a fixture in the neighborhood since the early 2000’s, and for good reason. In the swath of cleverly branded competitors and slick settings, Oslo Coffee Roasters is tried and true. Whatever house brew I had was truly exceptional, as was the blueberry pumpkin muffin that accompanied it. It was not only the caffeine, but the remarkable flavors that helped these bleary eyes broaden after a 4:00am pitch black wakeup. Next time I’m in this neck of the woods and need some Joe, I’m saving the experiments and heading straight here.
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