WIRED FOR LUNCH • Brooklyn Paper


The Brooklyn Papers / Tom Callan

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

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.

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