When judging a cold, rich cup of iced coffee, there are many different factors to consider — taste, roasters, brewing method, size, and of course, price.
So on this third (and final, hopefully) day of this scorching heat wave — take a virtual tour of the neighborhood variety from Ditmas Park to Kensington with a little Windsor Terrace mixed in (some places are worth the walk).
Looking for non-coffee summertime drinks? Check out the 9 most refreshing drinks in Ditmas Park. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below.
Cafe Madeline (1603 Cortelyou Road between East 16th & East 17th Streets)
When it comes to iced coffee, Cafe Madeline has more options than you could imagine — like lavender, rose petal, and oatmeal flavored lattes; Vietnamese iced coffee; and nitro cold brew. Plus it earned a spot on Yelp’s ‘Best Cold Brew Coffee in Brooklyn’ list. But variety costs, as prices range from $4 to $5 for a cup.
Coffee Mob (1514 Newkirk Avenue at East 16th Street) check out this tiny but lovely shop near Newkirk Plaza — they even they roast their own coffee beans. Cold Brew runs $4.25 for 16oz and $5.25 for 20oz. You can also get traditional iced coffee for $3.75 or $4.75.
Milk & Honey (1119 Newkirk Avenue at Westminster Road)
Milk & Honey also has a great selection of pastries, breakfast dishes, sandwiches and flatbreads so we are happy to stay and sit for a while. $4, one size.
LARK Cafe (1007 Church Avenue at East 10th Street) LARK has been a Church Avenue go-to for a while now and is still offering the same Stumptown coffee even after its new owners took charge. $4 for 16oz and $4.75 for a 24oz.
Qathra (1112 Cortelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster Roads) featuring a full line of surprising summer beverages like watermelon-mint juice, sparkling espresso, and matcha lemonade to enjoy in their patio backyard. $4 cold brew.
Der Pioneer (737 Church Avenue between East 7th and East 8th Streets) Enjoy a Brooklyn Roasting Company iced coffee — along with handmade European pastries — in their new backyard. Read our full food review here. $4 for a large iced coffee, one size.
Parade Cafe (622 Caton Avenue between East 7th Street and Ocean Parkway) Grab a cold brew of La Columbe coffee and perch on their outdoor bench with a delicious sandwich on homemade bread. (Ditmas Parkers, this one is definitely worth the walk). $4, one size, shown above.
Windsor Coffee (144 East 4th Street between Ft. Hamilton Pkwy & Greenwood Ave) Check out this brand new, petite cafe started by a Windsor Terrace local, featuring Oslo coffee in a selection of cold brew and iced latte varieties. $4 for a large Cold Brew.
Kettle & Thread (1219 Church Avenue between Westminster and Argyle Roads)
Kettle & Thread, which opened in 2015, has quickly become a neighborhood staple. With lots of outlets and a beautiful backyard, it’s a great spot to grab your iced coffee to go or sit for a while with pastries, sandwiches, and cold salads. $3, one size but it’s a small.
Brooklyn Commune (601 Greenwood Ave near between Prospect Ave) Breakfast and lunch look incredible here, serving sandwiches and salads. Get iced coffee at $3 for 16oz and $3.50 for 20oz.
Steeplechase Coffee (3013 Fort Hamilton Parkway between E 2nd and E 3rd Streets) serving Brooklyn Roasting Company cold brew, which you can enjoy outside. Couldn’t leave this one off the list, but their phone went unanswered.
No frills but pretty darn great
Connecticut Muffin (1106 Cortelyou Road at Stratford), one Yelp review says: “The coffee is perfectly bold, strong and rather tasty. It is also priced very reasonable” at $2.85 to $3.50 (+ tax). And actually, this one has some frills, with drink varieties like iced chai, frappes, and iced teas.
George’s Diner (753 Coney Island Avenue near Cortelyou Road) offers classic diner coffee over ice for only $2.50
Bagel place Iced Coffee: Sunset Bagels & Catskill Bagels. While usually not the fancy cold brew variety, bagel place coffee is essential because it’s often large, cheaper, and self-serve. Now, Ditmas Park has two bagel places to try — the old fave Catskill Bagel, (1416 Cortelyou Road) $2.25 to $3; and the freshly opened Sunset Bagels (1501 Foster Avenue) $2.50 to $3.50
Dunkin Donuts (1506 Cortelyou Road at Marlborough Road) the cheap and refreshing go-to when you’re running for the train (though Yelpers have mixed reviews on the service) — plus they have cold brew. $2.67 to $3.49