On a tip from Brandon (see A Film About Coffee), I finally got around to checking out Happy Bones in Little Italy. Wowza this place is dope. I barely walked inside and saw two Mike D Monster Children issues left, and had to grab one. I knew this was going to be a two-coffee situation, so an espresso to stay and iced coffee to go. Beautifully minimal in design with a charming staff, I believe I’ve found a new fave. And look at that spoon! Apparently people have been stealing them (don’t think I didn’t consider it, but spoon karma is a real thing). Definitely check this place out!
I’ve been wanting to take a barista class to spend some time on the other side of the counter, so I popped into the CCC training center on my way to Happy Bones. More to come once I sign up!
The Daily Meal recently placed Everyman as the #1 Coffee Shop in the USA. That’s a pretty bold claim, so I went to the East Village location to see for myself. The setup is pretty standard, but it gets points for working with the Classic Stage Company and providing a place for students to hang. They serve Counter Culture coffee, which is becoming a rising star roaster for me. The best? Not so sure. But very good? I’d say yes. Extra star for that macaroon.
My friend Andrew works in TriBeCa, so he suggested we meet at the La Colombe on Church St. Since this is the 4th location I’ve posted, I guess you could say I’ve become a big fan. And what’s not to love? (Besides horribly irritating people spewin on their phone in line.) It’s pretty stripped down (no bathroom!) but that keeps things simple and moving along. Plus, the only thing better than the Faema e61 espresso machine, is TWO Faema e61s! The staff were very friendly and the coffee did not disappoint. I was so excited I hastily took a sip before remembering I needed a shot for the blog. Definitely the best bet around here.
In Chicago, Intelligentsia is one of the biggest and best games in town. Over the years they’ve been expanding their empire beyond the windy city into LA and NY. It seems they are also following a cohabitation trend with other businesses to create greater a shopping experience (see Toby’s/Strand/Club Monaco in the Flatiron). This new location is literally inside the Urban Outfitters on Broadway in Herald Sq. The espresso is always reliable and they have proper lunch fare as well. It’s nice to have options in the otherwise desert of mediocrity that is this area. Welcome to the neighborhood!
There was a pop-up media event called LeBook last month for agencies and creatives to connect with studios, directors, photographers and reps. By far my favorite table was Avocados and Coconuts. Dalia and Brandon are super friendly, talented and have a lot to offer. They even unpacked a pour-over kit from Blue Bottle and poured me the first cup of the day! The studio recently finished A Film About Coffee, which is premiering in New York on July 30th at the Williamsburg Cinemas. Get your tickets here!
Got a little carried away goofin’ off in Red Hook, so I had to tame my buzz with an espresso shot at Baked. We got cupcakes here for Cara’s bday ages ago, but hadn’t tried the coffee. It did the job fine but I should have listened to the sign and gone for the cheesecake instead of the grasshopper. Cheese or butter? That’s a tough call.
We’ve passed by Henry’s Local Cafe a number of times running to the waterfront, but finally got a chance to pop in. The decor is classic Carrol Gardens, with vintage photos, tin ceilings, wood, mirrors and marble throughout. It’s a little dark inside, but that can be nice when it’s as blindingly bright as it was that day. The case of croissants beckoned, so we had a sun-dried tomato sandwich, which was delicious. I think I liked it better than the espresso!