Archive for January, 2013

19 JAN

Reviewed: Ost Cafe, East Village European Style Cafe

Ost Cafe | E 12th St | East VillageOst Cafe | East Village

Ost Cafe opened in 2008 as a coffee shop with an Eastern European bent, serving Intelligentsia Coffee to Alphabet City denizens and has since extended its hours and added an evening wine and small plates menu. It remains one of our favorite spots for reading, writing, and meeting friends.

Read our review of Ost Cafe here.

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10 JAN

Overview: Project Latte’s 2012 Roundup of NYC Coffee Shop Openings

Cappuccino | Toby's Estate Coffee | Williamsburg Cappuccino | Toby’s Estate Coffee

At least 50 new coffee shops, and one lone tea parlor, opened in New York City in 2012, and those are just the ones that we know about. There’s also an addendum that should have been included in the first article. We neglected to mention Pushcart Coffee‘s expansion, opening their second branch in what they call Peter’s Field, east of Gramercy.

We rounded up these openings in three separate articles as follows.

Cafe De Cupping | Northern Blvd | Flushing Cafe De Cupping | Flushing

Part 1: International and national chains opening their first shops or extending their reach into New York City, and local businesses opening new branches in different parts of the city. At the time we wrote the first article we had hopes of wrapping it up in two posts, so we also shoe-horned in cafes that opened in former coffee deserts and frontiers such as Upper Manhattan and Flushing, Queens.

Happy Bones Coffee & Publications | Bond St | NoHo Happy Bones Coffee & Publications | NoHo

Part 2: Independent, unaffiliated coffee shop openings in Brooklyn.

Parlor Coffee | Persons of Interest Barbershop | Havemeyer St | Williamsburg Parlor Coffee | Persons of Interest Barbershop | Williamsburg

Part 3: Independent, unaffiliated coffee shop openings in Brooklyn.

Although we add new shop listings as they open, we don’t usually get around to reviewing until sometime after. The best way to keep up with openings of Third Wave and specialty coffee shops is to follow our always-updated Foursquare list, which will always show the last six months worth of cafe openings in New York City.

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09 JAN

Reviewed: Noella Brew Bar From Former Ozzie’s Coffee Co-Owner

Noella Brew Bar | 7th Ave | Park Slope

Noella Brew Bar, which opened in late 2011, is the former Ozzie’s Coffee co-owner’s shot at Third Wave Coffee. They have a loyal neighborhood clientele and offer a good place to work or meet a friend on the north side of Park Slope.

Click here for the review.

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06 JAN

Project Latte’s 2012 Roundup of NYC Coffee Shop Openings Part 3: Manhattan

Altogether, nearly 50 new coffee shops, and one lone tea parlor, opened in New York City in 2012. Thirty were in Manhattan, with Project Latte covering a good portion of those in Part 1 of this three part series, devoted partially to businesses extending their reach with new branches into and around the city and partially to shops opening in coffee frontiers.

Happy Bones Coffee & Publications | Bond St | NoHo Happy Bones Coffee & Publications | NoHo

This article, Part 3 of the series, rounds up the 12 independent, unaffiliated shops in Manhattan, just as the second part covered shops meeting the same criteria in Brooklyn.
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02 JAN

Project Latte’s 2012 Roundup of NYC Coffee Shop Openings Part 2: Brooklyn

After a more exact accounting, we’ve figured out that nearly 50 independent coffee shops and cafes opened in 2012 in New York City, with just over half in Manhattan, a couple in Queens, and the remainder in Brooklyn, of which we made it to all except a couple.

Cappuccino Reynard Cappuccino | Reynard at Wythe Hotel

This is the second of three articles. The first, covering 19 shops, was devoted for the most part to existing businesses that extended their reach into new neighborhoods with second or third shops, but it also included a section devoted to cafes opening in places such as upper Manhattan and sections of Queens where no specialty coffee had gone before.

This article, Part 2, is devoted to the 15 unaffiliated shops in Brooklyn, since beyond geography, there isn’t much thematically to group these shops together except for the fact that an awful lot of them chose Stumptown as their coffee roaster. The third article of this series will cover similarly unaffiliated shops in Manhattan.
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