lion's milk

coffee and burek in the morning, wine and olives in the evening 

From the outside, Lion’s Milk looks like your typical cute neighborhood cafe. It has nice curb appeal. A cute logo, welcoming doorway, tables out front. But as soon as you step inside you realize it’s a little more cultured than your typical neighborhood cafe. While they serve all the usual coffee drinks, Lion’s Milk is very much a Turkish cafe. Their pastry case is filled with bureks and they have simit instead of your typical New York bagels. Small cups of unfiltered Turkish coffee is served with a Turkish delight.

In the afternoon, the cafe transitions into a casual cozy bar serving wine, beer and bites in the cozy space behind the coffee bar. On nice days, people spill out into the small patio in the back and onto the sidewalk in the front and fill up the sturdy covered outdoor dining set up in the street. Lion’s Milk is a solid hang out spot any time of day, the kind of place where you’ll be tempted to get your coffee to stay.

the details

Address104 Roebling St, Brooklyn
Hours07:30-17:30 weekdays, 08:30-18:00 weekends
Price$$ – on par with other cafes in the neighborhood
Aestheticsimple, neutral, cozy

good to know

Go here for: a solo breakfast, coffee with a friend, a casual bite

Order this: turkish coffee, potato burek, simit (turkish bagels)

Amount of time to spend: a few minutes for takeaway, to a few hours for hanging out or working

When to come: earlier in the day for coffee and pastries, later in the day for drinks and snacks

Getting here: take the L to Bedford, use the Driggs exit and walk a block down to Roebling between N 6th and N 7th

Other things to note: They have wifi and outlets, good for working on weekdays, on weekends it can get a little crowded.

Last visited: August 2022

Last updated: October 2022

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