The first thing that stands out about Lark Cafe, which is in Flatbush – Ditmas Park, is the Polaroid pictures of their baristas that are on the side of their silver La Marzocco Linea.
I love that when a customer walks up to order, they will, like it or not, know who’s serving them.
Let me back up a few steps, and explain a little about Lark Cafe.
The relatively mid-sized coffee shop is on a strip of shops on Church Avenue, a street that runs that length of a metaphorical midpoint in Southern Brooklyn that divides the trendier more developed neighborhoods (like Park Slope) from the working class neighborhoods of Midwood, Borough Park, and Flatbush.
Along this strip you’ll find at certain points an artisanal chicken wing restaurant, next to a bodega serving Halal food, next to an organic health food market, next to a discount family clothing store, etc.
Church Avenue is a classic Brooklyn Neighborhood, one that’s been lost to the rising tide of affluent investment replacing affordable housing, small restaurants, and family owned businesses.
Sitting in Lark for a few hours, it’s easy to see this trend in their clientele. Some of the customers come in wanting a cup of delicious third wave Stumptown coffee, while others indulge in their variety of Dough donuts and other pastries. There’s also a pretty substantial food menu, where they serve breakfast sandwiches, bagels, quiche, plus a variety of sandwiches.
But, the thing that makes it stand out is easily found on the cafe’s website – an actual event’s calendar.
This holy grail of coffee shop organization has listings of sing-alongs, slow jams, events in Spanish, and a lot more.
Beyond that, this is just a comfy space. Wooden benches run along the walls, with about 10 tables randomly spaced out. To give a true feel of the space, look to the one style of chairs that are three different colors. Along with the tables there is also a window ledge with a few chairs for street people watching.
Not bad for a little space that’s in deep Brooklyn.
M-F 7AM – 6PM
Weekend 8AM – 6PM