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Monday
Dec052011

Fifth Avenue Ozzie's Re-Opens with New Look, New Name: Kos Kaffe

It took a little bit longer than the three to four weeks promised, but the renovation of Ozzie's Coffee, on Fifth Avenue and Carroll Street, has been well worth the wait. It re-opened on Saturday with a classy new look and a new name, and will be known from here on out as Kos Kaffe Roasting House (which translates to "cup of coffee" in Hebrew).

The cafe lost a good half of its previous size (with Beauty Bar under construction in the other half), but it's still spacious and airy, with plenty of natural light, light colors, and an old-fashioned look reminiscent of the 1920s. The coffee is still roasted in-house (with a re-formulated brew), there's an assortment of baked goods and desserts for sale, and a new menu is about to be rolled out that includes a "fresh, seasonal" breakfast and lunch menu, pourover brews, and a wider selection of Harney & Sons teas. More seating is on the way, and there are still a few computers tucked into the corner for those looking to get online (and free wi-fi for everyone else).

Kos Kaffe Roasting House, 251 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-768-6868.

Reader Comments (23)

Still no free wi-fi, eh?

I don't frequent these types of joints, but my girlfriend does, and she always despised this place because they force you to pay for wi-fi. There are clearly many other competitors in the neighborhood that offer it up for free.

That said, I like the aesthetic change.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Best new coffee shop award should go to forty weight coffee inside Sweetwolf's restaurant on 6th ave and 12th street. Beautiful space with high powered free wifi, wood burning oven and awesome coffee.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob w

The wi-fii at Kos Kaffe is free, there's no longer a charge for it. Ozzie's actually stopped charging for wi-fi about six months before they closed. Space looks great, very exciting!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBklynRanger

So weird when people assume the worst without any knowledge of the facts. Yes, they have free wi-fi and did before as BKlyn ranger noted. This place is beautiful inside, can hardly believe it used to be Ozzie's.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

I wasn't 'assuming the worst'. I just thought it would have been worth mentioning in the article. Also, saying there were a couple computers still to come in the back led me to believe that they would be the pay as you go type, as before.

Yikes, folks, not condemning the place.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

I stopped in this morning and they did a very nice job with the renovation. I don't think they will miss the extra space at all. I'm looking forward to the pour over coffee options. The drip coffee was nothing extra special, but it was certainly fine.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Btw, it's a coffee shop not a computer room at Fordham.
The top priority here is getting some coffee, not sitting there staring at Facebook pretending to be writing some sort of teen angst hipster novel.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

I was speaking from the perspective of my gf, who's in grad school, and frequents these types of places to read and write papers, etc. In fact, I think that's a fairly popular use for a lot of the neighborhood cafes.

They have wi-fi, sorry, I misread that.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Looks clean and inviting for a change. Will finally try the place out for more than the ATM machine.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDisco Stain

It has always been the best coffee in Park Slope with great service and good people. I love the renovations they have done. It is great inside and it is nice to know that some of the original businesses that invested in the neighborhood haven't been run out by rich hipsters. Welcome back, Kos Kaffe. We hope you stay a long time.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOK

Love the vintage look of the flooring! The whole place is very inviting!

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Paxton

two things:

coffee at sweetwolf's is not good. not at dinner this past weekend anyway. they gave it to me for free though...told they were "still working things out". i hope they get it right and i will go back as the food and atmosphere were great. i think they have a different team there in the mornings...maybe the coffee is better then.

does anyone know if kos will sell roasted whole beans?

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraaronlws

is this the same owner as the union-hating owner of ozzie's on 7th?

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrs

@aaron The coffee bar staff (morning) has been training the evening staff in how to make it the proper way, so they're only serving it in the morning for now. Maybe you got a bad batch.

December 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

You need to get over it, rs and move on. You've made comments on other places too.

1. Ozzie's on 7th CLOSED and is no longer. A woman who was part owner (not the one you are referring to) is opening up her own place on Friday called Noella Brew Bar.
2. How long are you going to hold a grudge? The place is closed, buddy. There is no more Ozzie's. Not on 5th, not on 7th. Ozzie's in dunzo. Move on now.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

you're right. let's just allow an anti-union establishment to close down a few months, change its name, then everything is ok.

http://parkslope.patch.com/articles/former-ozzies-barista-settles-for-15500

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrs

So they settled, the case is over and now Ozzie's on 7th closed.

So what do you want now?

You do realize that the Ozzie's on 5th (now Kos Kaffe) is different than the former Ozzie's on 7th, correct?

You are beating a dead horse. The "settlement" means the case is now closed. If you'd like to gripe about any future business that comes into a formerly held Ozzie's space, then that just makes you a little nutso about this.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

I won't even go into your blind assertion that all unions are inherently good. Even if they are baristas. Good lord, this world has gone mad.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

wow garfield, you really love this new place, huh?
i didn't make a "blind assertion assertion that all unions are inherently good." and the terms of the settlement included signage that said the owners would not discriminate against their employees for union activities. if the same owner that was required to place this sign in her former store then just changed the name to get out of putting this sign up, it would be fishy.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrs

What new business? Are you talking about the spot that WAS Ozzie's on 7th Avenue? Because we don't even know what that is yet. Just a rumor that it's a cafe. Are you suggesting the same owner of Ozzie's let the lease expire, signed a new one for a much higher amount and is now going to reopen there? Cause that just seems highly unlikely.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

I'm torn on wifi, free or paid. One of the nightmares when trying to drop into any cafe is making the trip down just to find a bunch of campers with a single cup of coffee beside them.

I'm hoping that one day we either get a place that discourages connectivity or, on the flip side, allows for metering out of the space so that if I wish to work in a cafe for 4 hours, I can pay a small sum and maybe get a free cup of coffee and someone to watch my things when I use the restroom.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterupandaway

I am one of the owners of Forty Weight Coffee Roasters.

We operate inside Sweetwolfs from 7am-4pm, mon-fri, and 8am-4pm Sat/Sun. We roast all of our own coffee, and brew with pourover and french press; we do a very high-end product. At 4 O'Clock we leave the space, and dinner service commences. We are still working on getting the dinner staff trained properly, which is why they aren't pushing coffee, and why the gentleman who posted above got his/hers for free. It is our hope/goal that the dinner coffee will soon mirror the high quality product that is being offered during the day.

Cheers

- Andrew

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I just stopped by Kos Kaffe this morning and found the Coffee to be very enjoyable. The aroma of roasting coffee did't hurt either.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

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