The Roost is the OG hip-as-hell coffee shop of our wildest hopes and dreams: Brooklyn Roasting Company single origin beans, Balthazar pastries, fresh flowers and — come Wednesday — a monstrous speakeasy offering up to 16 lines of craft beer (naturally the coffee shop of our dreams is also a bar). It’s even got an OG East Village owner, Vito DiTomaso, who opened the original Luca Lounge on the very same block (in the space The Roost now occupies and the adjacent space) in ’97.
“We have a no plastic policy,” says DiTomaso. Take the bar, hidden behind a sliding wood door. “It went from being a tree to being a barn for 100 years to being in that back space,” he says. Unless you’re a reclaimed wood enthusiast, this place is probably nicer than your apartment — and there’s free WiFi. But if you don’t feel like hanging out all day, drinking coffee and beer and eating delicious pastries, you can always take it all to go – even the beer! Yes, The Roost will offer its delicious local brews in handy dandy growlers.
And if it isn’t already our new favorite place to write screenplays and meet for Tinder dates, it’s only going to get better with age. “Right now we’re in the market for a vintage, upright wooden piano,” says DiTomaso.
The Roost, 222 Avenue B, nr. 13th St.; coffee shop is now open daily from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. The bar opens this Wednesday and will be open nightly.