Old-timers rejoice, because Verb Cafe is back and maybe even better than it was when it closed. Cisco Rodriguez, who had worked at Verb for 14 years, now runs and owns Verb 2.0 which quietly opened on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint just after Thanksgiving…
Old customers, longtime regulars, and new people alike have been streaming into the new Verb, which is flooded with natural light and impressively organized, two things that were not in abundance at the old location. There’s also more artwork around, and the owner hopes to commission artists to contribute more of it on a rotating basis. Cisco said that while he’s made some improvements, he made sure to bring back a lot of the things that made Verb, well, Verb. The same generous bagels fill a countertop case, and the shop has held onto what Cisco called the “crazy dinosaur egg lamps” and the sun-faded “V Cafe” flags. Similarly funky trinkets poke out from various corners.
Verb redux has also carried on the tradition of DIY outfitting– at the old location, they used cast-iron chairs to build the lofted seating area. “This place used to be a Polish money exchange business,” Cisco said. “We used the bullet-proof glass to build the counter.” Verb is also pouring the same Puerto Rican coffee from a fresher espresso machine (albeit the same model).
107 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint
Monday-Friday 7am-5pm, Sat 9am to 9pm & Sunday 9am to 5pm.