Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

20 OCT

Reviewed: Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Greenwich Village Flagship

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | W 8th St (MacDougal St) | Greenwich Village

Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ West Village flagship displays the organization’s penchant for elaborate design but doesn’t follow the direction of their first New York City location, the brass-trimmed, standing-room only location in the Ace Hotel. Instead, the Greenwich Village shop uses artifact-laden bookshelves and other cues to make you feel as if you’re in a museum or library instead of a coffee shop.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | W 8th St (MacDougal St) | Greenwich Village

The Greenwich Village Stumptown Coffee Roasters offers something for everyone, not just interior design aficionados, branching out on the coffee front as well. Read our review to delve deeper.

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19 OCT

Reviewed: Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe, West Village

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe

West Village shop Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe is yet another Australian cafe with all day breakfast/brunch and a full slate of coffee drinks, both American standard and Melbourne specialties.

During one visit we consumed an espresso and a Magic, which is a double ristretto with steamed milk, in a cup slightly smaller than a cappuccino cup, giving it a supposedly “magic” ratio of 1 to 4, espresso to milk. Their house espresso is Niccolo, a darker-roasted coffee from Melbourne.

Read our review of Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe to find out more, both about the coffee and their Australian cafe experience.

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01 SEP

Reviewed: Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Gowanus

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 3rd Ave

Maybe it was their expansion into the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the summer pop-up at Orient Point on the North Fork of Long Island, or their burgeoning wholesale business, but somewhere along the line the pie at Brooklyn’s Four & Twenty Blackbirds lost its specialness. We review.

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29 APR

Reviewed: The Bean, a Corporate-Looking Independent Coffee Shop Mini-Chain

The Bean | East Village | Project Latte The Bean | East Village | 1st Ave & E 9th St

Although their name, The Bean, makes you think they’re all about the coffee, in fact, this New York City mini-chain is anything but. That’s not to say we don’t like the place – when we want a seat somewhere that has guaranteed fast wifi and lots of plugs, we often head to one of their East Village branches. We prefer the 2nd Ave location, which has more comfortable seating, lower music volume, and more seating choices, but sometimes it’s too crowded and we’ll head over to the 1st Ave branch.

Click through to our review to find out more about The Bean.

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18 APR

Reviewed: R & R Coffee, the Financial District’s First Third Wave Shop

R & R Coffee | Fulton St (Gold St) | Financial District R & R Coffee | Financial District

With a prime spot on the corner of Fulton and Gold Streets in the Financial District, R & R Coffee is a Third Wave Coffee oasis in a chain and bodega coffee desert. In addition to specialty coffee, R & R brings much needed work space to a benighted area.

Read our review to learn more about R & R Coffee.

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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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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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