So I've been waiting for weeks for this new place -- Iris Cafe -- to pop up on Chowhound. I guess it's up to me. I do this with some trepidation 'cause I don't want the sometimes crowded place to be overrun, but here goes:
It's called Iris Cafe and it's run by a 20-something named Rachel. I don't know her background but she cooks almost all the food herself and is here pretty much 24/7.
The patrons seem to be 1/3rd the stroller brigade, 1/3rd the laptop crowd, and 1/6th hipster and 1/6th "other". It alternates between packed and sleepy. In my 10+ visits I've yet to determine a solid pattern but then again, I'm part of that aforementioned "laptop" crowd so I'm not paying a lot of attention.
Every day but Monday (which they're working on) from morning until 6pm.
Mid-block, on the downhill side of Columbia Place, between Joralemon and State. (This is Columbia PLACE, not Columbia HEIGHTS.)
A small, cozy, neighborhood coffee house/cafe with excellent food. Pretty much a smaller, nicer, much much tastier, more mellow Tazza.
-- Free Wifi (that's actually pretty fast.
-- Very friendly staff
-- Good, eclectic music choices
-- A tiny selection of groceries: Stumptown coffee beans, milk in glass milk bottles, cage-free hen eggs, apple cider, yogurt, etc.
Maybe a touch more than you'd want to pay if you didn't love the food, but perfectly reasonable once you taste the food and enjoy the atmosphere.
And now onto the important part... THE FOOD
The food here is great. The menu is very, very limited but everything I've had has been A+ for a coffee house/cafe. My personal favorites?
-- The ham and cheddar biscuits. As good as any biscuit you've had in NYC on it's own, but then you add in massive cubes of (smithfield?) ham.
-- The eggs and soldiers. Soft-boiled eggs (when's the last time you had one of those?) with lightly buttered wheat toast cut into strips to dip into the runny egg.
-- The Ploughman sandwich (smoked cheddar, surryano ham, sliced apple, onion jam, pepper and mustard/mayo on a baguette. Maybe the best sandwich I've had in my life.
-- The homemade sticky buns. Homemade. Enough said. And get there early while they're still warm.
-- The oatmeal. Slow-cooked, with chunks of sauteed apple and drizzled with caramel sauce. :-)
Ok, I think that's enough raving for now. make sure to hi to the owner, Rachel and tell her Peter sent you. ;-)
20 Columbia Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201