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If your morning latte at Starbuck’s is becoming too "been there, done that" then try Court Street newcomer The Brooklyn Bread Cafe.

Opened in June by Karyn and Vincenzo Ruggiero with baker Sal Scudero, the breezy, exposed brick cafe features every variation on the coffee bean, and a drink unique to their establishment: a cappuccino float made with vanilla ice cream.

Brooklynites who frequent Paneantico Bakery and Cafe in Bay Ridge and Royal Crown Pastry Shop in Bensonhurst are familiar with Scudero’s artisanal loaves and light hand with pastry. At The Brooklyn Bread Cafe he’s piling up focaccia and baking all manner of Italian sweet treats.

But save the pastry for dessert. Sandwiches and wraps like the grilled chicken, roasted pepper, vine-ripened tomatoes and arugula are house specialties. Can’t deal with carbs? The vegetarian platter features grilled eggplant, arugula and fresh mozzarella. The fennel salad with shaved Parmesan, grapes, pears and Balsamic dressing is the answer to, "What can I eat when it’s 95 degrees in the shade?"

Brooklyn Bread Cafe [436 Court St. at Second Place in Carroll Gardens, (718) 403-0234] accepts cash only. Sandwiches: $3.50-$9; Wraps: $7; Salads: $7. The cafe is open Monday through Friday, 6 am-11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am-11 pm.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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