Williamsburger Hosting Guide: Cafes
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

This guide for hosting out-of-town guests is part of the Williamsburger Hosting Guide.

You need coffee and sweets for the energy to make it through a day of playing tour guide, and why show your guests anything but the best? Here are a few coffee joints and bakeries who stand out above the rest.

Gimme Coffee Gimme Coffee

495 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


It’s hard to beat Gimme Coffee for excellent drip coffees and espresso drinks. Their beans, roasted in Ithaca, are a staple in my cabinet, and make an ideal New York souvenir for coffee addicts.

El Beit El Beit

158 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211


The multi-thousand dollar Clover machine makes $3-4 cups of coffee that number among the best I’ve ever had. The staff is extraordinarily friendly and seems to truly enjoy explaining their new machine to gawking newbies. Go here for a cup of coffee that will surprise even the most experienced coffee fans.

(sorry, no picture yet) Fortunato’s

289 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211


This old-school Italian bakery serves up cannoli and other pastries. A great place to send your parents by themselves, as the staff is much friendlier to people over 40. It’s also one of the few places not populated by a homogenous crowd of 20-somethings.

(sorry, no picture yet) Sette Pani

602 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Sette Pani’s got fresh homemade chocolates and a wide variety of Italian desserts. Reliable and still inexpensive, I love their single-serving tiramisu cups and the pear tarts.

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