Thursday, August 6, 2009


Attention, laptop computer users! An article in The Wall Street Journal ("No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users") reports that "Amid the economic downturn, there are fewer places in New York to plug in computers. A decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading. In New York, the trend is accelerating among independents."

The Oak and The Iris Cafe, however, continues to provide its customers with a wi-fi connection. Free. For however long you sit there. (But charge your battery before you go.)
O and I's motto is "healthy, original, organic, polite, and cozy." The owners have created a warm, welcoming atmosphere. In addition to providing free wi-fi, they provide a play area for children, high chairs, a comfortable sofa, and a free meeting place for community events. They even have a suggestion box!

The cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Among the many delicious menu choices are fresh-squeezed juices (apple and carrot, strawberry and orange), fresh fruit smoothies (strawberry and/or banana, pineapple and/or cantaloupe), and omelets made with your choice of a cheese or a vegetable and a meat (and served with toast and home fries or fruit salad).

Your taste buds will also be pleased by their panini (prosciutto and mozzarella, albacore tuna with Italian grilled artichokes, feta with black olive paste and hummus), salads (including grilled vegetable salad), homemade soups, entrees (such as grilled salmon fillet and peppered steak), latte, cappuccino, Italian iced coffee, tiramisu, and flan.

Enjoy your meal at one of the outdoor tables (if you can tolerate hot weather!).

Plans are underway for upgrading breakfast, baking pastry items on the premises daily, creating new sauces, and offering more dinner entrees.

Free delivery is available with a minimum order of $10.

O and I also offers a catering menu.

The Oak and The Iris Cafe
2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway (at the corner of E. 4th Street)
(718) 208-7713