Next time you find yourself on Court Street fiddling with your mustache and debating between the one-hour wait at Frankie’s Spuntino or two hours at Prime Meats (thanks, Sifton), split the distance and head to Black Gold.
The former Italian social club (supposedly frequented by John Gotti) sells coffee, records, and antiques — and like a hipster version of Captain Planet, each of the two owners (plus one hubby) specializes in one hyphenate.
Order a drip Rook Roasters coffee from Sommer Foster-Santoro, who’ll recommend exclusive new beans (roasted by a childhood friend in Jersey) and tasty morsels (vegan fennel and tamarind bar, in-the-works plantains and molé treats) by Brooklyn’s Scratchbread.
Former record store co-owner Jeff Ogiba will guide you through the vinyl — from obscure sci-fi and death metal to indie and jazz. He’ll throw an album on the listening station and nudge you toward a record player ($100 and up) so you can enjoy it at home.
The reasonably priced antiques (taxidermy, circus posters, mourning art), sourced by Early American/Victorian enthusiast Daniel Santoro, do double duty as Daniel Plainview-esque decor.
The good china comes out for those who stay. So sip a fancy cuppa at the window counter while you wait for that table.
Black Gold, 461 Court Street, between Fourth Place and Luquer Street, Carroll Gardens (347-227-8227 or blackgoldbrooklyn.com). Opens Saturday; free coffee all day.
Photo: Nicola Kast