Black Gold co-owner Sommer Santoro with barista Devin Castaldi-Micca
Black Gold, the popular Carroll Gardens coffee, antiques and record shop, has recently opened a satellite location within the ground floor of Morbid Anatomy Museum at 424-A 3rd Ave at 7th Street in Gowanus. The new café shares the large space with the museum's gifts shop, and the two make a wonderful pairing.
Where else but in Gowanus can one enjoy a cup of coffee sitting next to examples of taxidermy and other curiosities?
Earlier this week, I stopped by to meet up with Black Gold's co-owner Sommer Santoro. She and her partner were approached by the museum last fall about renting an existing coffee bar that had recently vacated the ground floor space. They jumped at the chance to open a second location and felt that it would be a perfect fit for them. After all, they have always offered an eccentric selection of antiques and ephemera along with their coffee at their original shop on Court Street.
Besides, Santoro and her partner share many mutual connections with the museum's directors. "We are kindred spirits", Santoro told me with a smile.
Besides its signature Rook Roasters 30 second pour-over coffee, "Black Gold At The Morbid Anatomy Museum" is offering a full expresso bar, using beans from Brooklyn-based roaster Variety Coffee. The fresh backed goods come from local bakeries Ovenly and the Good Batch. And of course, they sell vinyl records here as well.
So next time you walk by, stop on in. The café offers free wifi, so you can sit down and do some work. And of course, don't fail to check out the museum's exhibit and its very cool gift shop.
Black Gold At The Morbid Anatomy Museum
424-A 3rd Ave at 7th Street,
Open 7 days a week