We stopped by East One Coffee Roaster one Sunday afternoon as we meandered around Carroll Gardens, one of our favorite parts of Brooklyn. Despite the relatively quiet streets, the place was bustling. East One Coffee Roaster, the Brooklyn outpost of a London coffee shop, sits on the corner of Court and Carroll Streets. It has a large coffee shop in the front of its space and an even larger dining room in the back. Although the coffee shop was pretty packed when we arrived, there were a few seats available.
We’ve noticed recently that some coffee shops are designating various areas within their space as “no laptop zones.” East One is no exception. In fact, we sat in one of the two laptop-free zones (and must confess that we occasionally looked furtively at a smart phone, which may have violated the spirit of the zone but not the directive). Essentially, East One, like other coffee spots, doesn’t want to become a caffeinated version of WeWork. That said, laptops were visible, but the laptoppers were outnumbered by the couples or groups engaging in conversation.
The doors and windows of the place were open to the street, but since this part of Court Street doesn’t get a lot of traffic, it was fine. Music was playing and it was a bit louder than we liked, but it was manageable. We liked the space, finding it comfortable. Except for waiting a little longer than expected for our coffee–the sole barista was distracted–our visit was perfectly pleasant.
Given the heavy embrace of industrial design elements (e.g., lots of glass, a cement floor, etc.), we had expected an echo chamber but were pleasantly surprised that the room didn’t feel live. The ceiling of rough-hewn, though painted, wooden boards probably helped to diffuse the sound. Our guess is that the designer opted to paint the ceiling joists rather than cover them with wall board. It looked attractive and no doubt helps to control the sound level, so kudos for the clever design.
We checked out the back dining space and saw that it looked roomy and had a slightly quieter soundscape. It was, however, mostly empty. It too was heavy on the usual design elements, so proceed with caution if crowded.
Overall, we highly recommend a visit to East One Coffee Roaster. The space was attractive, and we enjoyed our coffees. And while we wouldn’t say no to turning down the music, the soundscape was perfectly respectable despite being a very crowded space.
Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Hours are for coffee shop. Dining space opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.)
384 Court Street (at the corner of Carroll Street), Brooklyn, NY 11231