Searching the archive didn't come up with anything useful, so I throw this out to the collective: I'll be in NYC for a meeting next Monday. Since it's a flying trip (in and out the same day), I'm looking for a good coffee shop near 5th Ave and 21st St. Any pointers will be appreciated. I did read a recommendation for "9th St Espresso", which is too far south for me. Google local search on 9th St Espresso also found "Joe the Art of Coffee". There's one of those within striking distance (13th St and 5th Ave). Does anyone have experience with this place and can you recommend or disrecommend it? It seems to have good reviews in the mainstream press, anyway. Thanks! -- =Spencer in Ann Arbor My Unitarian Jihad http://tinyurl.com/6valr)Name is: Sibling Dagger of Mild Reason What are you?http://homepage.mac.com/whump/ujname.html
Replying to my own message, since nobody else did. Yesterday morning, I had my cab drop me off at 13th St and 4th Ave (closest we could easily get, due to construction). I walked over to Joe The Art Of Coffee at 9 E 13th St. This is almost literally a hole in the wall cafe. The whole thing might be 20 feet wide. Definitely NOT handicap accessible, either. Anyway, I started with an espresso and a neat little cranberry raisin whole wheat bread loaf (a whole loaf about 1.5 x 3 inches). The espresso half-filled the china cup. I couldn't see the pull, but it looked good with a dark layer of crema, and it was sweet, not sour or bitter with a mouth-filling flavor. Definitely one of the better espresso shots I've had in my life. I sat at one of the tiny tables to drink my espresso and eat the bread. Then I went back through the line to get a cup of coffee to take with me for the morning. The coffee of the week was from Kauai. It was a nice cup, fruity and floral, with low acidity. Not a great cup, but it tasted fresh (both bean-wise and fresly brewed) and satisfied me. They've got two locations on Manhattan -- the one I visited on 13th St (just east of 5th Ave), and one on Waverly Place in the Village (which I didn't visit). I think the Waverly Pl. shop is their main location, so it might be a little bigger. :-) The neatest feature of the 13th St. shop was a ladder leading up to what looked like an extra seating area in a sort of loft. I guess when real estate is that scarce and expensive, you use whatever space you can... If you find yourself in the neighborhood, I'd recommend them. On 3/2/06, Spencer Thomas wrote: <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip> -- =Spencer in Ann Arbor My Unitarian Jihad http://tinyurl.com/6valr)Name is: Sibling Dagger of Mild Reason What are you?http://homepage.mac.com/whump/ujname.html
Cool thanks spencer sounds like a winner On 3/7/06, Spencer Thomas wrote: <Snip> -- "Good night, and Good Coffee"
I too searched the archives and only came up with this NYC post... Looking for recommendations for next week, a one night stay. I'll be staying on 44th street and MIGHT have some free time to get to a good shop. tia, Thbull 'flying East for work' On 3/2/06, Spencer Thomas wrote: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-56--947950982 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed Most of Manhattan is a vast wasteland when it comes to quality coffee. The better joints--exc. for 9th St. Espresso--are in Brooklyn: Gimme Coffee in Williamsburg and (several notches down) Gorilla in Park Slope. There's another place in Greenpoint, but the name escapes me right now. Used to be a roastery, "Classy Coffee" (awful name!) on 4th Ave. in Bay Ridge, but I don't think they're still around. Porto Rico Importers in the Village and SoHo can be good if you catch their freshest beans, but most of their stuff is stale and sits out in open barrels, and their baristas are hit-or-miss. (I did manage to score some amazing El Salvador Maragogype and P.R. Yauco Selecto in Aug. '05 two days post-roast, though, and their prices are good for roasted coffee if you happen to run out of your homeroast on vacation). AVOID Sbarro's espresso at all costs--they're utterly clueless! On Oct 3, 2006, at 10:15 AM, Thbull wrote: <Snip> Sandy www.sandyandina.com --Apple-Mail-56--947950982 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 Most of Manhattan is a vast = wasteland when it comes to quality coffee. The better joints--exc. for = 9th St. Espresso--are in Brooklyn: Gimme Coffee in Williamsburg and = (several notches down) Gorilla in Park Slope. There's another place = in Greenpoint, but the name escapes me right now. Used to be a roastery, = "Classy Coffee" (awful name!) on 4th Ave. in Bay Ridge, but I don't = think they're still around. Porto Rico Importers in the Village and SoHo = can be good if you catch their freshest beans, but most of their stuff = is stale and sits out in open barrels, and their baristas are = hit-or-miss. (I did manage to score some amazing El Salvador = Maragogype and P.R. Yauco Selecto in Aug. '05 two days post-roast, = though, and their prices are good for roasted coffee if you happen to = run out of your homeroast on vacation). AVOID Sbarro's espresso at all = costs--they're utterly clueless! On Oct 3, 2006, at 10:15 = AM, Thbull wrote:
you pretty much summed it up. avoid the chains (starbucks, kobricks, etc). personally, for brewed coffee, id pick a street vendor over any of these places, and a small only costs 50-75cents. :) if you have time, take a subway to arthur ave in the bronx, youll get some decent coffee. not fresh, but most places (and there are quite a few caffes) have good italian beans like lavazza vicere, or miscela d'oro. since the supplier there, cerini, gets continuous shipments from italy, its at least somewhat more fresh than supermarkets. obviously, the food is quite good as well. :) Leo (on 42 st) Quoting Sandy Andina : <Snip>
On Oct 3, 2006, at 11:15 am, Thbull wrote: <Snip> I think the main problem with 9th St. Espresso would be that it's way over on Ave C, which is pretty far East. There is a place called simply "Joe" at Waverly and Gay, which has been well reviewed on alt.coffee (I haven't been there), and which is just off (West of) 6th Ave. (Waverly would be 6th or 7th Street, depending on which direction you count from, but the grid sort of breaks down in that area.) From 44th St., The best way to get there might depend on which Avenue you are closest to. From 6th Ave & 42nd St., you can take the B, D, F or V downtown to West 4th, and exit to the street at the back end of the train. You should then be at the NW corner of Waverly and 6th Ave., outside the Waverly diner, and Joe would be just a few steps away to the West. It's also not too far from the 1 train at Christopher St. John Blumel
My favorite is "Sicaffe" on Lexington Ave, between 70th & 71st... The beans are fresh-roasted in the store..and the baristi are proud of their skills. I believe they have another shop downtown, somewhere. Also on Lex., a couple of blocks uptown is Oren's Daily Roast. They claim to roast their beans every day, but nothing is labeled. The one thing I don't care for is that they serve their coffee (including espresso) in paper cups (yuck!!) You're better off in Sicaffe. The atmosphere is more European and relaxed.. Be warned: They close by 8 PM Angelo <Snip>