Surprisingly, a just-opened cafe in Brooklyn Heights just might be serving the best coffee in Brooklyn (OK, after Gimme Coffee).
My wife and I saw it and stopped in on Wednesday night. The Cafe Chez Henry had just opened, but I was dubious... from what I know about the owners other places, I didn't really have high hopes.
But there behind the counter was a shiny new e61 Faema Legend...pretty impressive. So we ordered an espresso from the manager, whose name is Saeif, if I remember correctly.
He wasn't satisfied with the first shot, and threw it out...a sigh of high standards not commonly seen in this city. Then he threw out a second shot, offering an apology! This guy really cares about coffee!
Moments later he handed over a doppio ristretto in a warm ceramic cup. Extremely good...maybe the best in Brooklyn, and certainly better than anything in Brooklyn Heights, or anywhere else nearby for that matter.
He's grinding Dallis Coffee's "New York Espresso" blend fresh for every shot, and seems to care very much about keeping up the quality, so this place may be a real jewel.
Again, I have no idea about the restaurant, which has yet to open...this is the Cafe.
They also have what look to be good fruit tarts, croissants, sandwiches, etc. We had stopped in after dinner, so we didn't eat anything.
It is located near the corner of Henry and Cranberry Streets, on Henry.