If I had any kind of readership at all, I wouldn't publicize this cafe. I would selfishly keep it a secret. It's a tiny silver dot on the corner of Hoyt and State in Brooklyn that serves coffee/bagels/sandwiches and empanadas. The owner is perhaps the warmest person I've met in Brooklyn, after a few visits he will greet you by name and make you feel at home.
I like to sit in the front window and look out onto State St. The day's newspapers are always available to browse through as well. There is a strict no cellphone policy which I am thankful for.
The real draw for me (and especially for Puff) are the bialys. They split and toast them on a George Foreman grill, which makes them especially crisp and hot. When Puff is here, she gets them with a side of butter and cream cheese - a habit I've come to adopt. The coffee is also rich and dark, the way I like it.
Since it can seat perhaps 8 people at max, most folks order to go. During the summer, there are additional tables on the sidewalk.
Lastly, they stock a variety of English foodstuffs for those of you who like that kind of thing.
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn