Primrose Café: Serious Java in Clinton Hill

Great coffee, nice sandwiches. That's the Primrose Café in four words, says Daniel76 of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, who's glad to have it in the neighborhood. The coffee's amazing, he says, made by a competition-steeled barista who's wowed judges with creations like a reimagined affogato with peanut-accented espresso and homemade green apple, sea salt, and Meyer lemon ice cream. The beverages at Primrose are more basic, but they include a strong, macchiatolike drink called the Gibraltar that has Daniel hooked. "I love these things so much," he says. "My favorite is the first sip where you get the hot cream mixed with the coffee."

Suppliers are local and well chosen: The coffee's from Dallis Bros., croissants and other pastries from Ceci-Cela. Among the handful of sandwiches, Daniel's tried the Finocchiona—fennel-seasoned salami and aged Gouda on a baguette—and finds it "pretty damn good." The space, tucked into the ground floor of a brownstone, is inviting and deceptively large, and includes outdoor seating. "My neighborhood has a lot of things going for it. And each day, there seems to be new places opening up," Daniel says. "This new spot is a very welcome addition."

Primrose Café [Clinton Hill]
147 Greene Avenue (between Waverly and Washington avenues), Brooklyn
718-789-7890

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