rhythm zero

a cafe that feels as tasteful and pretentious as an art gallery

In a generation of millennial coffee shops that have all begun to look the same, it is refreshing to see one that has a bit more taste in style. Though ironically located in a bland new-build apartment complex. Occupying a lofty room with a wall of windows, the white walls and polished concrete make for an empty canvas upon which Rhythm Zero takes liberty in decorating. The style evolves, almost like a staging room for furniture catered to the Brooklyn crowd to drool over.

The cafe’s minimalist space is filled with art. It’s the kind of place where you feel compelled to have your drink to stay, because it just feels more appropriate to sip out of a real glass or mug, and watch the endless stream of Greenpointers and dogs drop by. So come sit for a while, grab a coffee, a book, a friend, and pretend you live here.

Note: they’ll be opening a new location in the West Village in June 2024

the details

Address32 Kent St, Brooklyn
Hours7am – 4pm weekdays, 8am – 4pm weekends, closed on Wednesdays
Price$$ – on par with typical hip cafes, $4-7 drinks
Aestheticminimalist, artistic, sophisticated

good to know

Go here for: coffee and a vibe

Order this: a cappuccino, an espresso tonic, a matcha

Amount of time to spend: an hour or so for a nice break

When to come: weekdays are lovely to stay for a bit, weekends can get quite crowded

Getting here: take the G train to Greenpoint, and then walk about 7 minutes down Kent towards the water

Other things to note: 

  • There is a no laptop policy, but there is free wifi.
  • There is a large communal table and lounge seating indoors, and some chairs outside. On a nice day, you can walk over to WNYC Transmitter Park to look over the city.

Last visited: November 2023

Last updated: January 2024

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