Willburg Cafe is on Grand St in Brooklyn. We sought shelter from some pretty harsh wind there and decided to warm up with some hot drinks. We didn't wander the streets looking for a great little place, I just looked up and saw Willburg and decided that shelter was the best option at the time.
I wasn't feeling all that hungry so I didn't eat but my dining companion had an American Omelette. They offered a reasonably lengthy brunch menu, as well as lunch favourites and pastries from Balthazar Bakery. There was a lot on the menu that could've tempted me but I decided not to be a pig on this occasion. (Stranger things have happened but perhaps not in recent memory.)
When we walked in we were told that we could sit anywhere we liked by a friendly waitress. The place was reasonably busy but certainly nowhere near full. Service was prompt and friendly and the overall vibe of the cafe was comfortable.
The coffee was serviceable. It wasn't anything to write home about but it was certainly drinkable and it was nice and warm which was the main thing I was interested. I wouldn't necessarily recommend them just based on this coffee as Brooklyn has lots of places that are known for the quality of their beans and coffees, so I'm sure you could find better.
The American Omelette came out quickly and the cheese continued to melt as my partner ate it. Every bite was filled with goodness as they certainly hadn't scrimped on the ingredients. He said it was really filling and he liked the fact that every bite had different flavours accented due to the differing amount of each ingredient in each bite.
The potatoes that came on the side had some delicious seasoning that I sampled when I reached over and stole some from his plate, and while in the photo the toast looks kind of pathetic in actual fact it was nicely toasted and buttered generously, so it offered up a welcome crunch and a nice saltiness.
The check came to the table in a little treasure box which I thought was a cute and unique little touch. While the cafe itself wasn't necessarily inventing the wheel, the service we received was good, and little touches like the treasure box bill give it a nice little lift. It was a cute little spot to enjoy a warm drink and quick bite at a reasonable price.