1154 Manhattan Ave. (between Ash & Box Street). Phone: (718) 389-3222
Opened in early 2004, the Ashbox is a pleasant sunlit cafe, light and clean, which serves breakfast, bagles, soups, salads and hot or cold sandwiches. The Ashbox irrefutably holds the distinction of being the northernmost cafe in all of Brooklyn. If you need yet another incentive, coffee refills are only fifty cents. Sidewalk seating. Open daily until 6 p.m. Locate it.
193 Meserole Avenue (corner of Meserole Ave.) Phone: (718) 349-7623
A nice addition to the neighborhood, especially if you’re on the far side of McGuinness. Opened in late 2005, Cafe Grumpy serves Victrola Coffee (straight from Seattle’s Capital Hill) as well as light vegetarian fare. Open weekdays: 7:30am – 8pm, Saturday: 9am – 11pm, and Sunday: 10am – 7pm. Locate it.
Nassau Ave. & Monitor Street.
Breakfast, sandwiches and coffee in a rustic and simple cafe. Located across the street from McGolrick Park. Sit and sip in the street-front windows, or jump across the street to one of the benches beneath the sycamore trees in the park. Locate it.
124 Meserole Ave. Phone: 718-389-8083
Middle Greenpointers, the O.T.B. needn’t be the hub of your social life, now there’s a cafe around the corner. Granola, tofu, sandwiches, soup and such all for under six bucks. Free Wi-Fi. Weekend brunch 11 – 4. Locate it.
Greenpoint Coffee House
195 Franklin Avenue (corner of Greene Street).
Dark wood interior with booths, sofa chairs and bar seating. Low light ambiance, with more of a restaurant feel in the evening. Coffee, beer and wine are served, as well as a full menu. Summer season open daily until midnight, winters closes at 7pm. Locate it.
Maria’s Coffee Shop
769 Manhattan Ave. Phone: (718) 389-1203
A “coffee shop”, rather than a “cafe”. Maria’s serves good coffee 24 hours a day, with donuts and food on hand. It’s across the street from the Greenpoint YMCA, if you happen to be staying there. Locate it.
727 Manhattan Ave.
Fresh donuts and pastries are made on premises daily. Drop in and get nostalgic, this is a local institution. Peter Pan stands next to the present day Eckerd drug store, formerly the Meserole Movie Theatre, and later Laces Skating Rink (hence the huge disco ball that hangs from the Eckerd ceiling). Locate it.
830 Manhattan Ave.
The reincarnation of the former Chocolatiere Bakery, Riviera serves top quality pasteries (for only $2.00) and coffee. A welcome addition to the neighborhood, as it is one of very few places to lounge in the middle section of Manhattan Avenue. Aside from the Robert Doisneau photos on the wall and its name, the cafe is Polish. Locate it.
Syrena Bakery and Coffee Shop
207 Norman Ave. (corner of Humbolt Street). Phone: (718) 349-0560.
Fresh made Polish pastries and breads. Most customers stand at the counter picking up pastries to go, although a few tables stand at the windows. Locate it.