Coffee Me More (All Around NYC)
Whiled away a strangely humid Sunday afternoon here last weekend to the strains of Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde," exposed brick walls, a mini-sea of laptops, and a chai latte. So college, but also very very comforting. My friend also had a tea here called "Better than Sex" that is so boldly named I almost feel awkward for that poor tea. C'mon, it's tea. (He liked it OK).
I'd come back to try their breakfast/dinner, as well as a chance to sit outside. They're also right across from the Cobble Hill Park, a lovely place to bring your coffee when the weather is right.
Queens Kickshaw, where were you when I lived in Astoria three years ago? Times for coffee lovers in the hood were truly dire when Freezepeach and Oleput Lollipop closed - I remember days of having to make do with having Nescafe at the Greek cafes on 30th, which was fun, but not really anything like a well-brewed cuppa.
I enjoyed an amazing cup of coffee (Mexican Biosphere Reserve, $2.25) here as well as the fantastic cheddar and mozzarella grilled cheese, an unbeatable value at $8 since it came with a lovely cup of tomato soup. Mmmm mmm good. This is almost reason enough to move back.
This place is built for lazy Sundays. Everything about it is spot on, from the friendly and unpretentious service, their selection of tasty snacks (I enjoyed the savory hot pocket), and most importantly, delicious coffee. It's such a pleasure to visit a well-thought out coffee shop, obviously created with care. Kudos.
Glass Shop is almost perfect - its only flaw is completely subjective, which is that it isn't closer to me. I've spent many a happy hour here and have enjoyed many a flat white, along their excellently brewed La Colombe as well as the occasional cup of P.G. Tips tea, a rare find indeed.
In the summer, the outdoor area is perfection and it's wonderful to read a magazine, stare at the sky or the many abandoned wooden doors and chairs scattered about for your contemplative moments.
I first visited Café Grumpy about three years ago, when I worked in the neighborhood. I was tired of always visiting the Starbucks around the corner from the office, so I undertook my usual hunt for somewhere new to get my caffeine fix.
Grumpy basically had me from 'hello,' just based on their name and logo. I loved the logo so much that I clipped out the little grumpface from the cup protector and stuck it on my desk. Funny that such a wee little face could make me so very happy.
Long story short - I was excited to have the opportunity to revisit today since I was again in the hood, and enjoyed an excellently crafted flat white, my coffee drink of choice whenever possible. The only downside today was that New Yorkers love to sit around in coffee shops on rainy days, so the place was packed. But seats were quickly found and we whiled away a couple of hours most happily.
Note: Café Grumpy also has the dubious honor of serving NYC's most expensive cup of coffee ($12), dubbed a "cacophony of nuances" by the president of the company who distributes said beans.
I'm happy Toby's opened just because the coffee snob in me was getting tired of the coffee options around my office - it's nice to have a place where I can get a cortado or flat white rather than just the usual coffee drinks. The space is too small and cramped, but The Strand right behind the space is lovely with a well curated selection of books and (expensive) plants and flowers. The existence of both next to the Club Monaco is extremely random but it all works.
I usually just come for a coffee, which is a bit pricey compared to all the other options in the area, but I like to visit just because the space is so damned pretty and they serve La Colombe and yummy baked goods. It's a nice place to stop off and have a chat with a friend for an office break. Curious about their cooking classes as well.