Airy space and friendly service

Location: 253 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217

Open: 7am-9pm Mon-Wed, 7am-10pm Thurs-Sun


Price: $3.50 Cortado

I’ve been meaning to visit Hungry Ghost for the past few months since it popped up on Flatbush Ave on the border of Prospect Heights and Park Slope and I’m so glad I finally did. I first went on a hot summer Saturday and was pleasantly surprised to walk into a big airy space with wooden benches and tables. There was a mix of the stroller set and 20/30-somethings and their laptops. Both times I have visited it’s been busy but I’ve always been served quickly and efficiently.

The coffee is good! Hungry Ghost uses Stumptown Coffee (roasted locally in Red Hook) and my cortado was smooth and delicious. I could have easily gone back for another if I didn’t have places to go and people to see. My only criticism (and it’s a small one) is that I didn’t get a teaspoon with my cortado or a water which is always a nice touch. Hungry Ghost also has a full menu which I’m keen to try. I did have a ham and gruyere muffin on my last visit and it was rich, tasty and filling.

The space itself is also one of the factors which will make me come back. It’s large and airy with plenty of light unlike many local cafés. Even with a lot of customers there was always seating at the long bench or the beautiful wooden tables (although laptop use is restricted at some of them). Good coffee, friendly service and a great space makes Hungry Ghost worth venturing to. (BC)

What else is in the neighborhood?

  • A.Cheng – Indulge in a shopping splurge on 5th Ave
  • Purbird – Try the delicious chicken breast sandwich
  • Goorin Bros. – Pick up one of their stylish hats for summer
  • Milk Bar – Another great brunch and coffee spot in Prospect Heights
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