Tillie's is my closest neighborhood coffee shop. And that's just "fine." They've recently upgraded their outdoor tables and chairs, which looks much cuter (the inside is still on a drab side). Plus, it's not out of the way if you need to grab a quick cup of joe or a muffin. Plus, the red velvet cupcakes are a nice touch. Thankfully, some friends who live farther east in Clinton Hill introduced me to Outpost Lounge, situated on a dull strip of Fulton between Grand and Classon. A friend in my building is always over there with her laptop, and I used to think she was crazy for trekking so damn far.
Then, one day, I walked over to meet her.
Often times, the "new gentrifier on the block" isn't all that cool - it's a step up from corner bodega, but not always the kind of enclave one can easily slip into and feel right at home. Outpost, however, somehow escaped this faux-pas.
OMG- new favorite place! Uber-friendly guys Colin and Gary have done a knock-up job in decorating. Exposed brick, antique mirrors, cleverly-mismatched furniture and a super backyard make it a hidden gem. They offer tasty custom concoctions named after area streets. Live music and "sangria Sundays" offer even more reason to swing by on the weekends.
Dogs are welcome in the back yard, and you'll usually spot a few lounging in the sun. Warm, diverse and inviting? Check.