Archive for March, 2013

30 MAR

NYC Coffee Shops Open On Easter 2013

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19 MAR

Reviewed: Tarallucci e Vino, the Italian Cafe & Wine Bar That Wanted to Improve Upper West Side Espresso

Tarallucci e Vino | Columbus Ave (W 83rd St) | Upper West Side Tarallucci e Vino | Upper West Side

The Upper West Side branch of Tarallucci e Vino stays busy all day with coffee and all evening with wine. A beautiful space for pastries and poached eggs, it’s a welcome spot on Columbus Avenue.

Tarallucci e Vino | Columbus Ave (W 83rd St) | Upper West Side Tarallucci e Vino | Upper West Side

After some strong words from the owner about the bad quality of the espresso in the neighborhood, Tarallucci e Vino has chosen a very traditional style of coffee to serve its patrons. Click here to see what we think.

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12 MAR

Reviewed: Third Rail, a Coffee Shop with a Sense of Purpose

Third Rail Coffee | Greenwich Village Third Rail Coffee | Greenwich Village

Just below Washington Square Park, Third Rail Coffee serves coffee with a sense of purpose to NYU students and neighborhood regulars alike. They have had consistently great baristas making stand-out espresso and brewed coffee since they opened in 2009. Choosing to name your spot after the electrified power source for the New York City subway trains is a bold move, but they stand up to it.

Third Rail Coffee | Greenwich Village Third Rail Coffee | Greenwich Village

Click here to read our review of Third Rail Coffee’s original Greenwich Village branch.

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11 MAR

Reviewed: Tar Pit Cafe, East Williamsburg’s Best Coffee

Tar Pit Cafe | East Williamsburg Tar Pit Cafe | East Williamsburg

Opening nearly two years ago, in April, 2011, Tar Pit Cafe occupies a desolate-seeming part of East Williamsburg, on the corner of Woodpoint Road and Withers Street, and since that time has evolved into a favorite spot of ours.

Read our review of Tar Pit Cafe.

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08 MAR

Reviewed: NoHo’s Minimalist Gasoline Alley Coffee

Gasoline Alley | NoHo Gasoline Alley | NoHo

A Project Latte favorite, Gasoline Alley Coffee is a triumph of design, a wedge of a shop situated just north of Houston, with entrances on both Lafayette Street and a much-less-traveled section of Mulberry.

Gasoline Alley | NoHo Gasoline Alley | NoHo

The name Gasoline Alley refers to a name attached to NoHo in bygone days, when it was filled with auto repair shops and gas stations. Click here to read our review of Gasoline Alley Coffee.

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06 MAR

Ecopolis Cafe’s Mission of Local Sustainability Didn’t Sustain Them

Ecopolis | Carroll Gardens Ecopolis | Carroll Gardens

According to Carroll Gardens blog Pardon Me For Asking, Ecopolis Cafe, on the corner of Smith and Warren Streets, has closed as of February 26th, 2013. They weren’t high on our visit list, and we never got around to creating a listing for them, as they occupied the vast landscape of mediocre coffee shops with no clear mission or personality, with the added constraint of very little seating space.

When they opened, they served PT’s Coffee, from Kansas, which although it went against their motto of supporting local sustainability, made it a place we stopped by from time to time, since PT’s is hard to come by in Brooklyn. Not long after that, Ecopolis switched to other, less interesting coffee sources, and we had no particular reason to drop by there much.

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06 MAR

Park Slope’s Noella Brew Bar Has Closed

Noella Brew Bar | 7th Ave | Park Slope Noella Brew Bar | Park Slope

According to an announcement on their Facebook page, Noella Brew Bar, the Third Wave Coffee reincarnation of owner Melissa Rapoport’s original Park Slope coffee shop, Ozzie’s Coffee, has closed as of this past Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 after a little more than a year in business.

Although it wasn’t a coffee destination for us, it was a good place to work and enjoy their homemade goodies. Best of luck to the former employees and to Ms. Rapoport herself.

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03 MAR

Reviewed: Jack’s Stir Brew, West Village Local Hangout. How’s the Stir Brew?

Jack's Stir Brew | W 10th St | West Village Jack’s Stir Brew | West Village

The venerable West Village hang out, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, has a devoted following and a special stir brewing technique for making their coffee. The charm is all there. But how is the coffee?

Jack's Stir Brew | W 10th St | West Village Jack’s Stir Brew | West Village

Read our review of Jack’s Stir Brew here.

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