Two weeks ago, we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorite coffee shops in and around the neighborhood. In total, 23 coffee shops were nominated. Sheesh. That’s more than a lot of cities have in total!

The nominations covered it all. There were big communal shops with outdoor spaces and full menus, and there were little stand-like shops relying on their delicious drinks.

Last week, we asked you to vote. And you did not disappoint. In total, over 2,000 votes were cast. For that level of engagement, we thank you!

The runners up . . .

In third place, carrying the bronze medal, is VEX El Cafe. This pleasant little shop on Wyckoff Avenue between Dekalb Avenue and Stockholm Street serves up delicious organic coffee, tea and tasty sweet and savory pastries, like its carrot, oatmeal and raisins vegan muffins and its feta, spinach and tomato turnovers.

Coming in second place, with nearly 500 votes, is Nook, a local coffee and craft beer haven on the corner of Irving Avenue and Troutman Street. With a big space full of wooden furniture handmade by the owner, Nook serves up delicious coffee, food and alcoholic drinks, making it a go-to spot during the morning, afternoon and night! Nook also offers a slate of weekly events, including comedy, poetry, live jazz, trivia and more! Check out the full events calendar here.

And . . . drum roll please . . .

The winner of the 2021 best coffee shop competition, with more than 1,100 votes, is none other than Cypress Cafe on Cypress Avenue, near Stanhope Street. Every open day, this beloved neighborhood spot offers a wide range of delicious coffee drinks, along with popular New York breakfast items, such as bagels, avocado toast, quiche and more! On weekends, Cypress Cafe serves up a delicious brunch. Check out the picture of the chicken and waffles below! Also, Cypress Cafe holds a number of live events. In the warmer months, Cypress Cafe holds “Sunday Service,” with live music and comedy outside.

“It is with absolute honor to have been nominated and awarded as the neighborhood’s best coffee shop,” Cypress Cafe responded. “What an overwhelming feeling to have such love and continued support from our neighbors.”


Full results:


Images from Cypress Cafe’s Instagram.

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