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Posted by KS on 11/16/2009
I've been living in Clinton Hill for over five years now and have passed through Tillies many a time. The place has changed a good amount from since I first came. It has become a laptop haven despite the two plugs they have available for power. They use to play better music than they have recently. It's dropped off big time. I disagree with some of the other comments: the staff is friendly, the food is okay, perhaps a bit overpriced, and the crowd is fine. I agree with the other reviewer: get your strollers over to Park Slope and get out of my borough Manhattanites. My beef is with the consistently burnt coffee and tea. Literally every time! They burn their coffee almost as badly as starbucks does. Rule number one for making tea: NEVER pour boiling water over tea! When I finally raised the issue the barista acknowledged the problem (which I find disturbing that they *know* its a problem and haven't done much to resolve it) and offered to make me another cup - which was kinda despite her lame solution of pouring cold water over the tea bag in order to prevent it from burning a second time. Hint: it didn't work.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/19/2008
Great neighborhood coffee place. The desserts aren't fantastic, but the coffee is. Complaining about hipsters is just silly.
Posted by brklyn native on 12/12/2008
every time i walk in here i feel as if the people in there are going to shoot me for daring to walk in!!!! The food and drinks are sub par for a coffee connoisseur i was really excited to move back to the hill to find a wonderful coffee shop, something i miss in our area since grand 275 closed. Needless to say, the staff is always rude, food is disappointing and it is not very inviting to newcomers. While you watch everyone else who have moved in enjoy it, it would be nice that the people who have not given up in our neighborhood before it was trendy, to get the same treatment at a neighborhood coffee shop. One thing I will say, I like the decor, I wish that I was more welcomed so I can stay awhile........
Posted by local on 08/26/2007
... of old hippies. Average coffee shop(e) with lot of attitude.
Posted by a local on 03/16/2007
First off I'd like to say that the reviewer below me is dead on. Tillie's just celebrated their 10th Anniversary, and Pratt has been here for some hundred and 20 or so years... sooooo, if you're not into art students drinking coffee at Tillie's... tough noogies. Tillie's is a great spot in Fort Greene that keeps getting better. Their sandwiches have been getting better and better every year since I've been going there. The coffee is always on point and the service of said coffee is handled in a friendly and efficient manner by their staff of wonderful baristas. The true gems of Tillie's though are the atmosphere, and the desserts. Their Red Velvet cake is unbelievable. Don't take my word for it though. Go try it. My girlfriend and I have made a habit out of taking Saturday morning walks to Fort Greene to stop at the farmer's market, then to Tillie's for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Always a great start to the day. Go check this place out, they'll make a loyal customer out of you just like they did with me.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2007
Tillie's is a coffeshop, of the univeristy variety.... A good place to get a coffee and a snack, read a book, or chat with some friends. You can get a satisfying cappucino or an affordable sandwich, but don't expect fine dining. I loved it when they had the awesome selection of art and design magazines there to read, but that must have been expensive so I understand why it was discontinued. But my main reason for writing: I have to take issue with the last reviewer... The Pratt students need to go? That's all wrong. Heck, the Manhattan transplants yuppifying the neighborhood need to go! This is one of the only places around someone on a student budget can afford and can feel at home. Yuppies, learn to live with the Pratt community or take your strollers to Park Slope or the burbs! There are already too many new high-priced frenchie-sushi-veggie joints around to serve you. Tillie's has been a Pratt hangout since long before you even moved to NY from wherever you're from. ....And it should stay that way.
Posted by Coffee Queen on 07/10/2006
Too pricey and the Pratt kids need to go...but great foods and coffees