352 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Bakery/Coffeehouse/American Traditional
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-1am
Booze: Full bar
Subway: J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Menu: Click Here
NY Mag Says:
When Lawrence Elliott’s Bedford Avenue coffee shop, The Read, fell victim to rising rents, Elliott set his sights on the Southside, envisioning a neighborhood cafe with the best baked goods in Williamsburg. The stacks of used books are gone, but the new space, with its wide-planked wood floors, vintage hardware, and charming backyard garden, still has a stay-all-day feel. Locals with day jobs line up in the morning for strong coffee and fantastic house-baked morning glory muffins and scones. Later in the afternoon, crowds of stylish freelancers file in for the simple sandwiches or homemade soups, no-attitude service, and free WiFi. Laptops are verboten after 5:30 p.m. as the place transitions into a cozy dinner spot with a streamlined menu of unpretentious American entrees like pan-seared duck breast and buckwheat veggie carbonara. On the weekends, the cafe is packed with couples settling in for lazy brunches of basic eggs with shoestring hashbrowns. Still-warm chocolate chip cookies and Irish coffee are favorites for dessert. Recommended Dishes: Lemon buttermilk pancakes with apple compote ($8); Buckwheat carbonara with roasted mushrooms, arugula, and grilled zuchini ($15)
Not For Tourists says:
TAGS: Bakery, Bedford, Breakfast, Brunch (Weekends), Coffee Shop/Cafe, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Moderately Priced, Open Late, Recommended, Restaurants, Sandwiches, South Williamsburg, ★★★★ Great
Following the ever-so-original trend, animal-named bars and bands continue to proliferate like, well, bunnies. But I forgive the Rabbit Hole. The hideaway might pass unnoticed, made visible by only a carrot-sign and the owner’s Airedale perched on the bench outside. Enter the den and prepare to hibernate. Their delicious pastries are baked on the premises: the appropriately carrot-packed morning glory muffin lived up to the name. Breakfast dresses up old standbys, like French toast made with fennel raisin bread and served with orange compote and shoestring hashbrowns. Sandwiches, soups, and salads are available all day, with only one or two over $9. The coffee-and-computer crowd disperses when the Wi-fi cuts off at 5 and the Rabbit Hole transforms from burrow to love-bunny date-spot. Prove restaurant-picking prowess to potential mates with a menu of vaguely multiethnic comfort food and small-but-essential cocktail list (alas, the beer taps were not working when I last visited). A welcome understated Bedford refuge, the Rabbit Hole will far outlast the mammal-theme and hopefully retain the den-like atmosphere that sets it apart.