Photo credit: Jeanine Botta
By Jeanine Botta
With my first bite of caramel cinnamon honey bread at Caffébene’s Brooklyn College location, I thought, “I will have to get more of this!” and absolutely meant it. But the serving size was generous, and I almost couldn’t finish it. With a cup of Americano coffee and the Sunday paper, it was the perfect brunch.
If you’ve ever thought of exploring central Brooklyn, a good place to start is at the end of the 2 and 5 subway lines where the corners of four neighborhoods converge: Flatlands, East Flatbush, Flatbush, and Midwood. Local destinations include Brooklyn College, home to the Conservatory of Music and the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, which has a peaceful and beautiful campus. Just south of the campus and across Nostrand Avenue is Triangle Junction, a busy shopping center anchored with a Target store and featuring HomeGoods, David’s Bridal, and other retail stores.
Caffébene is located off campus, just across from one of the main campus entrances on Campus Road and one block from the subway station on Nostrand Avenue. The cafe runs the length of the building, and there is another entrance on Kenilworth Place. The menu includes specialty coffees and teas, smoothies, power shakes, non-alcoholic mojitos, pastries, waffles, gelato, hot sandwiches, and several kinds of honey bread, a Korean dessert. The Caffébene franchise was started in South Korea and is said to have been inspired by old world European coffee houses.
There is no music playing at Caffébene, making it is easy to communicate with companions without having to raise your voice or strain to hear. When I was there, there were solo diners, pairs, and small groups of friends, and tables can be arranged to accommodate larger groups. With its earth tones and book shelves along one wall, the atmosphere is warm and calming.
Whether you are stopping by on your way from another destination, or exploring the area, you’ll find this café to be a great place to relax and recharge or as a good meeting place. If you live in the neighborhood, Caffébene is the perfect place to grab a coffee and read the Sunday paper. Free wifi is available.
Monday through Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
150 Kenilworth Place, Brooklyn, NY 11210