Cafe Royal

Cafe Edna Opens in Cafe Royal’s Place Tomorrow (Sat. 6/21)

Carolina Ro, of Ro Chalk & Calligraphy, designed the menu for Cafe Edna.

What’s in a name? Cafe Royal (195 Nassau Ave) was shutdown and in its’ place the owners of the building, who for reasons unknown want to remain anonymous, reopen the doors tomorrow June 21st, with a new name: Cafe Edna.

What do you think about the name change?

I chatted with manager Samantha Sharifi, one of Greenpoint’s loveliest baristas to find out what this change means for “the other side” of Greenpoint.

While you may have dug the old name and the golden rooster logo, there might have been other complaints that have been remedied by the new owners, like spotty wifi and the uncomfortable school room chairs. They overhauled the furnitures, hooked up Fios, so the internet is “10,000 times faster,” according to Samantha, plus you can print out your short stories or resumes on their wireless $0.10/copy printer and add your favorite songs to their ipod.

The same great staff with a few new hires are all on board including the beloved head chef Juan Paredes, who will still make you a delicious breakfast scramble or my favorite: the egg burrito. Plus there is an additional chicken burrito on the lunch menu and many old and new vegan and gluten free options.

Even more exciting, soon they will be rolling out a full dinner menu along with beer and wine with old favorites like the quinoa plate, vegan lasagna, the gluten-free pasta and more to come. Will you dine at Cafe Edna?

Let’s talk coffee. Samantha said they are now serving Toby’s Estate on a brand spanking new expresso machine and she will personally pull you the “perfect shot.” It better be short, girl!

Samantha is also putting together a Greenpoint artist group show, so keep your ears peeled for that.

Where have you been getting you daily caffeine dose since Royal closed and what do you think about the new name?

Cafe Edna will open tomorrow at 11am-4pm for a soft opening, then be open from 7am-6pm until they open for dinner.

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An excellent espresso is a cafe’s best business card. On Sunday October 2, 2011, Rebecca from I love Greenpoint, Mike & Charlie from Brooklynauts and I tasted a total of 19 espressos from every cafe* in Greenpoint in order to determine the champion of the Greenpointers 2011 Espresso Tour. The density of outstanding espressos in this neighborhood was impressive and made the tour difficult to judge, but we have a winner!

Greenpointers Espresso Tour Map

Each cafe was notified and generously donated 3 espressos. We judged using the following score sheet adapted from the World Barista Championship:

• COLOR OF CREMA (hazelnut, dark brown, reddish reflection)  0/10  ___
• CONSISTENCY & PERSISTENCE OF CREMA*                        0/10  ___
• TASTE BALANCE (harmonious balance of sweet/acidic/bitter)  0/10  ___
• TACTILE BALANCE (full bodied, round, smooth)               0/10  ___
• TEMPERATURE** (hot but not too hot to drink)               0/10  ___
0/50  ___

• CORRECT ESPRESSO CUPS USED (60-90mL w/handle)              YES/NO
• SERVED WITH ACCESSORIES (spoon, napkin & water)            YES/NO
/2   ___

After judges’ individual scores were added, the highest possible score was 156. Results ranged between 97-142. (Only the top 3 scores are revealed.)

*We were unable to contact Ashbox and the cafe was closed on Sunday.



*** 1st Place: Cup on Norman ***

Top Score: 142

2nd Place: Upright ( Score: 139)

3rd Place: Grumpy & Champion (Scores: 138 each)


Best on Franklin St: Veronica People’s Club
Best on Manhattan Ave: Upright
Best near McGolrick Park: Variety
Best Overall Experience: Veronica People’s Club
Best Coffee Bar: Troost
Best Presentation: Le Gamin & Cafecito Bogota
Hottest Barista: Janna at Van Leeuwen
Best Team: Cookie Road
Most Unassuming: Garden Spot Cafe
Most Charming: Milk & Roses
Best Value: Royal & VPC ($2)

Congratulations to CUP, the 2011 Greenpointers Espresso Tour Champion!

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300 Free Coffees – TODAY!

Today is Brooklyn Standard and Cafe Royal’s anniversaries and they want to give you FREE coffee!

Brooklyn Standard is turning two and offering 200 free coffees. Cafe Royal turns one and is offering 100 free coffees. Both places are on a first come, first serve basis so get there like, um, NOW!

Brooklyn Standard
188 Nassau Ave

Cafe Royal
195 Nassau Ave

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Cafe Royal Opens… Again

Last month Cafe Royal abruptly closed with a note on their door. Last night I received an email from the owner, Cody Utzman, that Cafe Royal would be re-opening this Thursday.

Cafe Royal
By Mike White – shotzombies on Flickr

Café Royal will officially open February 10th at 7am. Our new hours will be Monday thru Saturday 7am-4pm. We hope to grow our hours with your support and patronage.

Under New Management, we have designed a new menu, simplified our espresso service to include the finest coffee beverages and with highly skilled barista staff and on-site owner management we hope to make Café Royal a permanent fixture in the neighborhood.

Café Royal
195 Nassau Ave

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Cafe Royal Opens Today

Starting today, Cody Utzman of Brooklyn Standard and Papacitos fame, is opening Cafe Royal, a cafe that is sure to “transport you to your very own France”. I will test the menu in the coming days and judge whether or not a bar tabac affair befits our neighborhood, if the food and drinks are worth its prices, and if the environment is friendly for all of Greenpoint’s residents. I will also demand to have my name engraved on one of their vintage school desks.

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Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY March 5, 2010 – Café Royal is the latest venture from Chef Cody Utzman of Brooklyn Standard and Papacitos fame. It is happily situated at 195 Nassau Avenue, near celebrated McGorlick Park in the growing North Greenpoint community. The concept of Café Royal was inspired by the hours Cody spent at local bar tabacs in the Burgundy region of France, where as a foreigner, he was immediately embraced by the local staff and patrons.

By definition, a bar tabac is a meeting place for the community and this became Café Royal’s aim — to provide a casual yet artfully decorated venue for people to enjoy barista crafted espresso drinks while sampling French-inspired fare.

With no waited table service, the informal communal atmosphere at Café Royal allows patrons to seat themselves, drink self-serve triple filtered water from a charming glass bottle, and order menu items directly from the multi-lingual bar staff. All of this encourages coterie between neighbors, both new and longstanding.

In the coming weeks, Café Royal will be introducing our all day menu and with fingers crossed, a beer & wine license will be issued. And once the tulips bloom, our 40 seat garden will be delightfully sun-drenched and ready to transport you to your very own France in Brooklyn. Until then we invite you to come by and enjoy our free Wi-Fi access, expertly brewed Stumptown Coffee and Ceci Cela’s classic French pastries.

Café Royal

195 Nassau Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11222

Weekdays, 7am – 11pm

Weekends, 9am – 11pm

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