Coffee & Tea
House of Small Wonder is a cafe mixing European and Japanese influences. Tucked away in Williamsburg, when you enter the almost-hidden door you find a world that's more treehouse than cafe. Literally - there's a tree growing through the middle of it! Great for a rainy day, you feel protected under the tree and skylight. Pro tip: If you're big on Sashimi, try the Sashimi Zuke Don, one of my favorite meals in NY. Fresh Sashimi, egg, avocado, roe, and mushrooms over sushi rice.
For a more outdoor cafe, I love grabbing a coffee at Five Leaves. Either from its efficient to-go counter to take to McCarren Park, or to sit down (when it's not so crowded) to read the paper and people-watch. Lots of good people-watching, as it's at the point where Williamsburg meets Greenpoint, and there are lots of comings and goings and pups and babies to fawn over.