oh you know, just another breezy brooklyn café

Butler is basically what everyone deserves to have as a neighborhood cafe. A breezy all day spot that serves up quality espresso drinks (they serve Intelligentsia), a solid selection of house-made pastries and a curated pretty much anything you’d care to eat for a weekday breakfast or lunch that will fill you up without weighing you down.

Butler is the kind of place that thrives on Instagram. The space is designed for bloggers and influencers to post without being asked. The takeaway cups are simply branded but very photogenic. But it also functions beautifully as a space for locals to grab a bite or have a coffee while catching up on work. It gracefully straddles the line between café and fast-casual, one feels just as comfortable grabbing a seat as you would grabbing food to go and perhaps walking over to the nearest park with a panoramic view of Manhattan (they even have a cute-as-a-button takeaway window built for summer Saturdays). Not that Brooklyn needs more trendy cafés, but Butler has the format down and we’re here for it.

the details

AddressS Williamsburg: 95 S 5th St, Brooklyn
DUMBO: 40 Water St, Brooklyn
N Williamsburg (Bake Shop & Espresso Bar): 101 N 8th St, Brooklyn


YelpS Williamsburg, DUMBO, N Williamsburg

S Williamsburg + DUMBO: 7am – 6pm weekdays, 8am – 6pm weekends
N Williamsburg (Bake Shop & Espresso Bar): 8am – 4pm every day

Price$$ – most food is in the low 10s, coffees are $4-5
Aestheticmillennial pink (not the color necessarily, but the vibe: think brass, warm leather, slate greys, fiddle leaf figs)

good to know

Go here for: coffee to go, or a casual breakfast or lunch 

Order this: your favorite espresso drink paired with a breakfast sandwich or whatever the seasonal grain bowl 

Amount of time to spend: great for a quick 30 min meal or to stick around for a couple hours and work or catch up with a friend

When to come: anytime really, but weekends any time after 11am most of the seats will likely be filled up

Getting here: 

  • S Williamsburg: about a 5 min walk from the Marcy JMZ station
  • DUMBO: about an 8 min walk from the York Street F, and a 10 min walk from the High Street – Brooklyn Bridge AC station
  • N Williamsburg: 2 blocks from the Bedford L station


Other things to note: 

  • Both the S Williamsburg and DUMBO locations have free wifi and a decent amount of seating, making it good for short working sessions. They both have indoor and outdoor seating.
  • The N Williamsburg location is take out only.

Last visited: October 2020

Last updated: November 2020

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