The Brooklyn Papers / Tom Callan

If your morning
latte at Starbuck’s is becoming too "been there, done that"
then try Court Street newcomer The Brooklyn Bread Cafe.

Opened in June by Karyn and Vincenzo Ruggiero with baker Sal
Scudero, the breezy, exposed brick cafe features every variation
on the coffee bean, and a drink unique to their establishment:
a cappuccino float made with vanilla ice cream.

Brooklynites who frequent Paneantico Bakery and Cafe in Bay Ridge
and Royal Crown Pastry Shop in Bensonhurst are familiar with
Scudero’s artisanal loaves and light hand with pastry. At The
Brooklyn Bread Cafe he’s piling up focaccia and baking all manner
of Italian sweet treats.

But save the pastry for dessert. Sandwiches and wraps like the
grilled chicken, roasted pepper, vine-ripened tomatoes and arugula
are house specialties. Can’t deal with carbs? The vegetarian
platter features grilled eggplant, arugula and fresh mozzarella.
The fennel salad with shaved Parmesan, grapes, pears and Balsamic
dressing is the answer to, "What can I eat when it’s 95
degrees in the shade?"

Brooklyn Bread Cafe [436 Court St. at Second Place in Carroll
Gardens, (718) 403-0234] accepts cash only. Sandwiches: $3.50-$9;
Wraps: $7; Salads: $7. The cafe is open Monday through Friday,
6 am-11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am-11 pm.

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