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Do you ever just want to sit back, relax and sink into a heaping pile of pillows as you read your favorite book and sip a ginger honey shake? Perhaps you just wish to indulge your health-conscious taste buds with the homemade goodness of an organic sandwich.

Whether you’re thirsty, hungry, starting your day or winding down - or just need someone to talk to - Pillow Cafe and Lounge has something for everyone.

As its name suggests, Pillow Cafe and Lounge, which opened on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene in March, is very cushy, with pillows and little ottomans scattered all over the place. Although the pillow-covered window seat looks particularly inviting, the lounge also offers a bar with four stools (with padding of course) and four tables with cushioned chairs.

Co-owners Biola Odunewu and Robin Richardson provide their customers with a bookshelf stocked with titles ranging from classics to contemporary. The book lending operates on an honor system - they trust that you’ll return what you take home.

The atmosphere inside the cafe, with walls painted red, brown and beige, is reminiscent of a warm fall afternoon. The furniture and the decor adorning the smallish interior are all in the same earth tones - matching the shades of autumn leaves.

The choice of colors is for pragmatic reasons as much as for mood.

"We wanted something warm and inviting but also durable," said Odunewu. Durability is key, since many Pillow Cafe regulars include families with young children.

"I come here most mornings because they let Leo make a mess of the place," joked Fernando Musiq, holding his 9-month-old son.

All the specialty sandwiches, salads and drinks are made inside the lounge, behind the cafe’s wood-framed bar, by the owners.

"We’re not chefs, but we love to make food," Richardson said. Having been on a health-food kick for the past 12 years, Richardson and Odunewu decided to open a lounge where they could create meals they would normally eat at home.

Continuously customizing the selection of food to their customers’ desires, Pillow Cafe has abandoned its standard menu. Currently, the most requested item, the signature goat cheese and sun-dried tomato sandwich, served with homemade pesto on sourdough bread, is rivaled in popularity by their avocado salad with fresh spinach leaves and goat cheese.

Although the choice of food offered, ranging from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with banana to a smoked salmon salad, changes from month to month, one thing is constant: everything is made from organic ingredients.

Thirsty or not, diners should experience the magic of Pillow Cafe’s ginger honey shake (small $4.50; large $5.50), a concoction of low-fat yogurt, mango nectar, ginger and honey. If you’re not a ginger-lover, you will be.

Pillow Cafe and Lounge (372 Myrtle Ave. at Adelphi Street in Fort Greene) accepts cash only. Entrees: $3.95-$7.50. The restaurant is open daily (Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 8 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 am to 7 pm). For more information, call (718) 246-2711.

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