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Windsor Terrace has its share of creative folk, but it did not have a single comfortable eatery on the south side of the neighborhood for them to plug in a laptop or just linger over coffee and excellent pastry.

Until April 29.

That’s when painter and Windsor Terrace resident, Suzanne Meehan (pictured, right, with partner Yasmin Gur), opened the Crossroads Cafe. The concept, says Meehan, is to "feed the neighborhood well, while establishing an urban campus where people can begin their day."

The idea originated with Cafe La Mediterranee, in Berkeley, Calif., "an arts and eats venue," says Meehan, that she managed for several years before settling in New York to pursue a degree in fine arts.

In addition to a bulletin board where locals can post notices, she will use Crossroads Cafe’s walls to exhibit the work of Brooklyn artists.

The cafe’s decor has a southwestern theme with earthy terracotta tiled floors, wooden tables and deep plum, cocoa and saffron suede-covered seats. In the casual setting, Meehan will serve salads, hummus and tabbouleh, and sandwiches such as roasted vegetable and goat cheese.

All the bread, rolls and pastry come from the renowned Balthazar Boulangerie in SoHo. If they’re half as delectable as the scone I tried recently at the cafe’s takeout window (which is in service all day), then the neighborhood is in for some good eating. As for the laptop, Meehan says, "We’re wired up." There’s even a toy box for kids. Yeah!

Crossroads Cafe (1241A Prospect Ave. at Reeve Place) accepts cash only. Pastry: $1-$2.25; sandwiches and salads: $5.95 to $7.95. The cafe serves light meals from 6:30 am to 6 pm weekdays and 8:30 am to 6 pm on weekends. Open daily. For more information, call (718) 972-1852.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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