Troost—A mod “Central Perk” in Greenpoint

By Jeralyn Gerba

The bistro equivalent of your beloved pre-worn jeans has arrived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Troost is a refreshingly low-key shotgun café with a carefully careless look, a comfortably worn-in feel, and simple yet delicious food to boot. A café for any hour of the day, it’s the kind of place that serves espressos and bagels to-go at the bar, hosts Bingo on Wednesday nights, and offers a happy hour every weekday evening and all weekend long. If the weather is nice, snag a seat in the outdoor courtyard and enjoy a slice of quiet in the city.

Get a java jolt with La Colombe signature blends. They’re neat, unfussy, and expertly roasted. All wines come by quartino; for a delightful afternoon, enjoy the house rosé and a seat in the backyard. Of the many sandwiches to choose from there’s the savory hot ham and cheddar and, well, the more savory smoked salmon, cream cheese, and tomato. Each is served up on the bread of your choice—ciabatta, black bread, croissant, or bagel. If you have a taste for the tart, order the bowl of pickled vegetables with the plate of Manchego and chorizo from the meat and cheese board. Sweet-lovers fear not: The bowl of ricotta swirled with honey, walnuts, and biscotti arrives like a long-lost friend. It is a welcome treat—decadence disguised as light lunch.

the crowd

Great for solo lunchers looking for peace and quiet, groups looking for elbow room en plain air, or moms who want to ditch the stroller in a corner and kick-back with baby and a beer.

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eye for design
There's no mistaking it's Brooklyn 2012 (see: espresso machine, '40s era booths, minimalist decor), but every neighborhood needs its regular joint, and this modern day café exudes just the kind of cool-calm-collected attitude that makes it a great place to start the morning, or end the evening.

Low to medium.


Mon–Fri 8 AM–2 AM; Sat–Sun 9 AM–2 AM

price range

$3 (bagel with cream cheese) to $13 (meat and cheese board)