A PLACE TO LINGER IN BROOKLYN
by Miss Jane
There are times when you’re in the mood to enjoy a comfy seat, a warm cup of cappuccino, or a glass of wine outside of the confines of your home. Once you step foot inside Linger Café & Lounge (www.lingercafelounge.com), you’ll feel like you’re right there.
Upon entry, you’re welcomed to this Brooklyn café by soothing music, exposed brick walls, and a lovely wind chime-like ceiling sculpture that emits muted lighting, providing a feeling of warmth and coziness. Set up like an inviting living room, the open eating areas are decorated with wonderfully chic Victorian chairs and vintage sofas reupholstered with black and white prints, vivid burgundies, and iridescent purple velvet.
On cold winter days, you can choose from a tasty and diverse coffee menu– from French press to espresso to their signature Linger Latte ($4.50)—or an assortment of loose teas, from a floral, honey nut “iron goddess of mercy oolong” to a soothing chamomile that has Egyptian blossoms and a buttery and apple flavor.
On hot summer days, you can enjoy a seat in the beautifully landscaped back yard, perfect for a light brunch with the girls or a quick stop for a glass of wine with your honey.
Linger offers a great selection of local wines and beers, including a great Cabernet Sauvignon (’06), with its bold taste of black currents, prunes, cherries, and a robust yet sweet craft beer, Smuttynose.
Linger also offers tasty baked goods – made from scratch by the owner and staff — that will have you scooping the last crumb from your plate. My guest and I especially enjoyed the cranberry cinnamon scone and the carrot and maple cream cheese muffin, both warm, sweet, and moist. Other goodies include popovers, strudels, cookies, and cupcakes, ranging from $1 to $4. (The chocolate ganache with sea salt cupcake is another customer favorite and has the perfect mix of sweet and salty.)
The café also has small plates and delicious sandwiches on the menu such as the potato cake with rosemary creme and the cilantro hummus with toasted pita. The crab cakes are phenomenally fresh, the Caprese (fresh mozerella and tomatoes served with homemade pesto and balsamic vingegar) can be a great accompaniment to the wine, and the chicken pesto sandwich on focatcha bread is simply scrumptious.
Another great perk: Breakfast is available all day, including egg wraps, bagels and Irish oats.
What café experience would be complete without a jazz band? Linger hosted one that did a wonderful rendition of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”
If you want to simply chill, enjoy a calm night (or day) away from the madness of the city, Linger is the perfect place for that. Feel free to stay a while. You won’t regret it.