254 S 2nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Coffeeshop, Tacos
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am to 6pm || Saturday, Sunday: 9am to 6pm
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
NY Mag says:
the first of its kind on New York’s caffeine scene: a serious coffee bar that doubles as a record-label gallery, with rotating exhibits of indie album covers, a couple standing tables, benches and tree stumps for outdoor seating, and a thoroughly Portlandian cast of characters milling about. It’s also the only place the U.G. knows where you may accompany your cortado or macchiato not with the usual muffin, brownie, cookie, biscotto, or past-its-prime croissant but with a hot, saucy breakfast taco. The combination is inspired, and makes sense … a thing of slightly sweet, abundantly spiced beauty.
Immaculate Infatuation says:
Whirlybird, a quaint coffee shop that doubles as the single most bad ass breakfast taco spot in town … lists a total of two breakfast tacos on their menu, and also has a few special tacos every day as well. Heavenly Breakfast Taco #2, otherwise known as The Waldorf, is the reason you’re coming here. In one bite, our day went from pretty standard to pretty f*cking epic, and we don’t throw that “epic” word around as freely as some people do.
The legions of Brooklynites who travel to Austin for South by Southwest every year have come across a distinctly Texan (and distinctly delicious) specialty: the breakfast taco. Breakfast tacos (which involve some combination of scrambled eggs, chorizo, cheese, and peppers) have sadly been in short supply in Yankee territory, until now: meet Whirlybird. Opening up shop in—where else?—Williamsburg, Whirlybird is the brainchild of musician Jeff Bailey, who’s played in indie mainstays Phosphorescent and Virgin Forest. Having toured through Austin many a time, he decided that Williamsburg, rife as it is with musicians and hungover people, would benefit immensely from the addition of organic breakfast tacos and locally-brewed coffee.