A busy cafe, with plenty of coffee brewing options and origins on offer.. the service is fast and friendly, the place is big and spacious with plenty of seating.. Sandwiches, muffins and sweets on offer. My short mac was very chocolatey, with some nice dense earthy flavours
As a self confessed Melbourne coffee snob it was good to find a decent coffee in New York. Pricing was of course a little pricey but the coffee was well made. I drink a Cappuccino and double espresso and both were good. For the Cappuccino mouth feel was excellent, not too hot and with a good creamy texture. Coffee was never bitter or harsh (I drank about 10 Cappuccinos over 10 days) but lacked a little bit of depth and acidity. Compared to traditional American swill though this was a pleasant surprise. The double espresso was quite a long pour and lacked a super defined crema. The flavour however was smooth and long. Again lacked a little acidity, sweetness and intensity but otherwise a good quality poor. The buzz I felt afterwards suggests it was not lacking in caffeine.
I'm a long black drinking from Aotearoa New Zealand, so it's either Espresso to mainline it or a slow release Amercicano for me here. I went for Americano this time and it was good. My wife is a flat white drinker so had a Macchiato and loved it. We also had "lox" aka salmon sandwiches which were delicious. Reasonable vibe, nothing special and the service was OK.
The best coffee I've had in NYC by far. Great extraction which has a lovely oily body and bite, great stretched milk at the correct temperature, good crockery and polite staff. Only down point was the ridiculous wait due to there being only one person on the machine. If this was a "Melbourne cafe" then they would have one on the grind and one on the milk smashing out the coffees. The number of times I've walked in and turned around to walk out, due to the length of the line and one poor person on the machine, is frustrating to say the least. Apart from that... great coffee.
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