- Park Slope
The Scoop: You may or may not remember our visit to Cocoa Bar in the L.E.S. If so, you'll recall ...The Scoop: You may or may not remember our visit to Cocoa Bar in the L.E.S. If so, you'll recall that it's a place built around wine and chocolate, an obviously perfect combination, which the wine-loving owners and brothers, Bahman and Masoud Soltani, understand as well as anyone. Now, let us call your attention to yet another location in Park Slope. The Brooklyn hang-out was there long before the L.E.S. picked one up and is home to a steady stream of people coming in to work, chat and, of course, enjoy the happiness-building combos of coffee and cake by day, wine and chocolate by night. Of course, should you feel the need to reverse the timing of these pairings, you're welcome to do so, as all is available all the time. We're just not used to people drinking wine at 10 a.m. But really that's your business and not ours.
The L.E.S. Cocoa Bar is cute and romantic, but the Park Slope location is relaxed and cozysomething you can't beat when looking for a good study or break spot, which is most of their clientele's angle. In the front part of Cocoa Bar, you'll find a few small tables, sitting in front of giftable merchandise for sale, adjacent to glass cases of decadent treats. Work by local artist Marina Korenfeld hangs on the burgundy walls, while chill, alternative music plays loud enough to drown out the clicking on many a laptop keyboard, but still low enough to avoid distraction. Head toward the back room, tucked off to the side, and you'll find plush armchairs, perfect for curling up with a good book and nibbling on a specialty Smoked Salmon, Tuna or Mediterranean Chicken Salad sandwich, and small, two-person tables, which can be pushed together to accommodate larger study groups and more coffee drinks.
Table service starts up on Friday and Saturday evenings, but guests are still welcome to just hang, as they enjoy wine from a short, but thoughtful list of easy-to-drink reds and whites (along with a few of the sparkling and dessert varieties), which rotate by the glass and bottle, according to the owners' personal tastes. Cocoa Bar's delicious, handcrafted chocolates come from local vendors, such as Tumbador Chocolate (all Kosher) and Sweet Bliss, while their cake selection (including a variety of vegan options) is brought in from Black Hound (note the Peanut Butter Explosion, Triple Chocolate Mousse and Carrot Cake), as well as the chocolate cheesecake. There's also the fluffy blueberry and pear muffins you'll find there, which are made with freshnot cannedfruit. Of course, the cookies are made with love, so be sure to compliment them as you dip yours in a cup of rich hot chocolate.
Chocolates, $1.60 to $4.50
Cakes, $6.50 to $7
Hot Chocolate, $4 (small), $4.50 (large)
Wine, $6 to $30 (by glass), $20 to $98 (bottle)
Monday – Thurdsday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.