There is a new coffee place on the corner of 4th Ave. and Carroll st. called Root Hill Cafe. There's no sign identifying it (yet) but there is a painting of a coffee cup in the window.
I highly recommend the place--
--the coffee--We tried the latte and a cup of coffee and they were both fantastic. The crema on the latte was very rich and both cups had a strong yet flavorful taste.
--the small menu--from what I remember, they offer a small choice of salads and sandwiches--we got a chicken salad sandwich and a salad; the sandwich was served on chewy, thick WW bread that went really well w/the chicken. The salad was carrot w/toasted pumpkin seeds on red lettuce. The salad was quite nice, w/the pumpkin seeds adding a contrasting flavor.
--the servers--Everyone working there the 2 days I went were very friendly and informative.
--the ambience--Its a comfortable place w/lots of tables and chairs and loungy type areas . There were several people plugged into their computers. I sat there for about an hour, reading. It is def. designed by an architect--there are lots of beautiful touches including the furniture, the wonderful bathroom w/penny tile on the ceiling and walls and concrete floor w/marbles imbedded in it.
So check it out. Before it gets too crowded!