Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Black Gold At The Morbid Anatomy Museum": A Perfect Pairing In Gowanus

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


Anonymous said...

Only bloggers, students and other unemployed types use free wifi to do "work".

Katia said...

How about freelancers? They work.

Anonymous said...

I guess I am just too traditional for the new era of employment opportunities.

chance bliss said...

i'm a huge fan of black gold, and routinely visit the shop on court street (down by prime meats).

i can't say enough about how much both sommer and jeff care about their customers as well as their neighborhood. she's one of the most welcoming people i know in carroll gardens.

black gold is a great place to take a break, browse records, listen to music that evokes scenes of new york city, east village, 1986. ; )

very happy for them that they've opened up this space. if their newly expanded staff can deliver the same kind of attention that sommer routinely showers on customers, then they should do really well.

she's a real gem to the neighborhood, and also an expectant first-time mom (her husband owns the tattoo parlour near smith and 3rd street) so lot's of changes for black gold.

i look forward to stopping by the new venue.

Katia said...

Chance Bliss, I agree. It was a real pleasure meeting Sommer a few days ago. Definitely a business owner who cares about providing quality, her customers and the neighborhood.