Being in charge of bringing Little Sous Chef to school Monday through Fridays and then to Saturday classes, I can fairly say that mornings in our household are everything but pretty. It ranges from sweet little wake up kisses to caffeinated chaos everywhere, which I feel most of you are familiar with.
On those rare mornings that we are not running against the clock before heading to school, as a treat, we stop by at Court Street Grocers and Little Sous Chef can get her favorite: Ceci Cela pain au chocolat (along with a bonus 25¢ Chupa Chups, the Spanish lollipop that reminds me of my childhood) and mama can get (yet another) cup of coffee. We usually get everything to go, but they do have a nice back room where you can see all those creative types working on their laptops while enjoying a coffee or one of the really good sandwiches they have. Please, get yourself a Mr. Victor, a gourmet version of the egg breakfast sandwich with eggs, sausage, cheese and arugula on a Balthazar ciabatta bread. You might want to go back to bed after having it, defeating the start-your-day part of the sandwich, but you will fall asleep with a smile on your face.
The front of the house, occupied mainly by a counter displaying their baked goods and daily prepared food; shelves packed with specialty groceries from around the globe, from New Orleans Bittermens bitters (for that DIY cocktail) to Spanish cans of Ortiz anchovies; and a dairy fridge, showcasing different cheeses, is pretty narrow and it gets crowded easily. Much better if you can avoid getting in with a stroller.
The sitting area, past the line of people waiting to either order or pay at the counter and the open kitchen where you can see sandwiches being made, is ample with what seems to be reclaimed wood tables and red metal chairs with a vintage look to them, lit by the big window facing Court Street. On the rare occasion that I have sat there with a coffee (and usually a piece of their delicious bread pudding. One of my favorites: not at all dry and with just the right amount of sweetness) and some work to do, it has been a most nice experience. I have also had a couple of mommy-daughter dates there. We grab a coffee (mommy) and the girls get one of their baked goods and we enjoy them sitting in the back, as civilized people do. They have high chairs but they don’t have a kids menu.
They do have an decent sized bathroom in the back, on your way to the sitting area. The bathroom is dark, with an interesting grey palette and an oil painting depicting an Italian piazza. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a changing table.
Court Street Grocers
485 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm