In the past couple years local "upscale" Lincol Road coffee joints K-Dog and Blue Roost have shuttered, succumbing, perhaps, to unmet expectations from customers, investors, owners and landlords. All along, the Dark Horse of Dark Roast has kept a-brewing, and after a recent conversation with the owner, the Q is convinced that the neighborhood may have missed its own diamond in the rough.
This blogger noted herein that Abdo sort of "jumped the shark" when he plastered his windows with signs and specials and started serving everything from smoothies to frozen yogurt. But at its heart, the joint always sold a tremendous selection of organic teas, became the only place around to sell decent bagels (Le Bagel Delight, no less) and more recently began selling a surprisingly satisfying cup of joe - an Arabica that beats the hell out of Dunkin' Donuts. (Arabica is native to the mountains of Yemen, by the way, coming originally from the Arabian Peninsula).
But just a couple weeks ago he took the advice of his loyal customers and took down all the signs, replacing the dirty plexiglass with clear windows. It's already made the place more inviting. The FREE wireless is a plus, and while the Portlandia crowd may see the four desktop computers as unsightly dinosaurs, the reality is that many people in this neighborhood NEED an inexpensive workstation from time to time. If you haven't much dough and need to print out a resume or email something or find out information that only resides on the internet, how else you gonna manage? Perhaps the wires could be hidden. The chairs could use an update. And the unused space off to the left seems cluttered and unsure of itself. But the staff is capable, though not of the typical post-college musician/actor variety, and the variety of offerings is charming. It's clean if cluttered, and you really can get a decent cup of coffee and bagel on the go, or sit down in the raised window space and watch the comings-and-goings of your neighbors from your lofty perch.
AND, get this. For a limited time, Abdo is offering a FREE cup of coffee if you mention theQatParkside. That's right. No obligations. Just mention us and get a free small coffee. The milk and half-and-half are in the fridge on the left. The Q has no financial stake here...just the desire to see a hard-working neighborhood-loving shopkeep have a chance to win your business, and maybe your heart as well.
And don't forget that computer repair. His biz is word-of-mouth, so if you've experienced his handiwork personally, please give him a thumbs-up or down right here. And guess what? When he saves up a bit of dough he's going to change his sign and name. To "Wired." Like how you get when you drink too much Arabica Joe. Nice move. And he might replace the news-yelping TV with some music. Things are looking up, and don't be afraid to drop a suggestion here. I'll be happy to relay the message.
Best of luck to you, sir.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.
Monday, October 29, 2012
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I didn't even notice this place until they cleared out the windows...and now I'm in there almost every day! So glad to have them in the neighborhood.
Kudos to him! I wish more merchants along Flatbush and Parkside would make these types of easy and not-that-expensive changes, which can make such a huge difference!
Just went for the first time this morning, post-storm. Enjoyed a delicious bagel and a mediocre cup of coffee while watching storm coverage on their nice flatscreen. The service was pretty slow and there was a crazy man shouting about how a blizzard was coming. But it is what it is. I don't have strong feelings either way.
Bagels yes, coffee meh; the hot chocolate actually comes from an envelope (horrors)! but I have used their copier gratefully...is there one anywhere else?
Beg to differ on the coffee...since he changed roasts I'm a fan, but to each his own. I know the standards have increased ten-fold since I started drinking the stuff 25 years ago...
hmm. I last tried it a while ago....maybe I'll give it another shot :)
Had my eye on this place for a while, and since I'm tired of trekking down to Cortelyou's Cafe Madeline, thought I'd give it a try. The Q is right on -- it's clean, neat, has great iced tea options (blueberry!), and is reasonably priced. The window space is lovely, but the tv needs to be turned down. And more baked good options! Counter staff was friendly and functional. And it looks like they're trying to promote some local artists inside. Keep up the good work Wired!
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