Murat Uyaroglu, the owner of Hungry Ghost, has a special vision for this project. He wants to bring a taste of his own culture to Brooklyn. People used to go to coffee houses to talk. Now you’ll see more glowing laptop screens than animated conversations. Big city dwellers treat coffee houses as their offices.
Hungry Ghost is all about bringing back that special sense of community, the exchange of news and ideas, the flow of thought and conversation. That is why you won’t find many outlets and, as an even more drastic measure, laptops are banned at certain tables. You can still work here (there is Wi-Fi, after all, and a modern coffeehouse without a single client glued to the screen is almost unheard of), but you’ll have to relocate to the back or settle at one of the seats right next to the door.
Philosophy aside, the coffee is great. Hungry Ghost buys it from Stumptown (traditionally, a supplier to this chain), straight from Red Hook neighborhood where it’s roasted. There’s kombucha on tap for the lovers of more exotic drinks. Head chef, Pete Solomita, succeeds at keeping the choice of snacks diverse, replete with vegan and vegetarian options.