Many Europeans I know often complain about the difficulty to find a decent coffee in the United States – yes Sive, this one’s for you.
I used to agree as I love the cappuccinos I was able to get in London but then Coffee@, the only place in Clerkenwell where one can get a good coffee on a weekend, went out of business in January and since then we have spent most of our weekends coffee deprived unless we left the neighborhood during the day.
I was very skeptical about the coffee situation when coming to New York for the weekend. While I know for a fact that there is excellent coffee in the city, it is, like many other things, a matter of knowing where to go and since I was staying far away from our old haunts, I was almost expecting to get a bad coffee.
I was thus happily surprised when I stumbled upon The Victory, in Boerum Hill, in Brooklyn, on Sunday morning. Jet lagged, we woke up early and decided to walk from Fort Green to downtown Manhattan, where I was planning to buy my new baby, the wonderful Samsung N120 I am writing on right now.
Boerum Hill is a lively, fully gentrified neighborhood adjacent to Brooklyn Heights and downtown Brooklyn. Its lovely brownstones are mostly inhabited by 30 something artsy-intellectual-foodie-yuppies and their toddlers and, to be honest, we kind of have our eye on the area for when we move back.
On Sunday, the corner on which The Victory is located was filled with kids’ scooters and strollers. The space is tiny and, to our surprise, included large shelves of luxury English goods like PG tips tea, malt vinegar, custard and marmite. The lattes were beautiful: bold without being bitter, creamy without being rich; I don’t know if it was because they were trying to recreate a little corner of England in Brooklyn but The Victory’s coffee is as good as the best in London.
Another great coffee came as a surprise when we went back to an old neighborhood haunt, Oren’s Daily Roast in Murray Hill. I used to always have their filter coffee before and was thus happily surprised with their latte, which may have been a bit more on the heavy side than The Victory’s but was still excellent.
So there you are: 2 of the many addresses where you can get great coffee in New York, in Brooklyn and in Manhattan:
Oren’s Daily Roast: many locations throughout Manhattan, see http://www.orensdailyroast.com/
71 Hoyt St
(between Atlantic Ave & State St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201