19 NOV

New Carroll Gardens Cafe Cocktail Bar PDQ

PDQ Cafe & Cocktails Photo courtesy of Pardon Me For Asking

A favorite local blog, Pardon Me For Asking, has revealed the existence of a new “cafe by day, cocktail bar by night” establishment, PDQ/Pretty Damn Quick, on Sackett St in Carroll Gardens.

They have daytime wifi, but no word anywhere, even on their own website, regarding their coffee program.

12 NOV

1982 Coffee Opens in Borough Park, Brooklyn

1982 Coffee Roaster Brooklyn

Via that amazing source of coffee intel, New York Coffee Jobs, run by the indefatigable Mike White (of Shotzombies), I saw that a new coffee roaster, the strangely named 1982 Coffee, has popped up in Borough Park. It looks from their Instagram that they opened in early September.

Has anyone tried this place?

12 NOV

Coffee Lecture Tonight 11/12 at Cafe Grumpy Roastery

Coffee Event at Cafe Grumpy

Erika Vonie, Variety Coffee’s director of quality control and barista training, is speaking tonight 11/12 7pm at Cafe Grumpy’s Greenpoint roastery on how climate change affects specialty coffee. Other topics include hospitality in the coffee industry. Awesome poster by Danie Drankwalter.

12 NOV

Nordic Coffee Cupping | New York Coffee Week

Somehow we missed the fact that it’s New York Coffee Week, sponsored by Foursquare, and nearly over.

Budin | Greenpoint Ave | Greenpoint

As part of that, Búdin, Greenpoint’s Nordic-focused cafe, is hosting a cupping this Saturday 10/14 featuring coffees not usually found in this part of the world, including Tim Wendelboe, Drop Coffee, and La Cabra, along with Lofted, roasted in Bushwick.

Tickets are $8 plus a service fee on EventBrite.

10 NOV

Free Screening of ‘Barista’ at NYU Coffee Club


This Thursday 3pm, NYU’s Coffee Club is hosting a free screening of the documentary Barista at that school’s Kimmel Center. Strangely, the event is not listed on their nice looking website, but you can find it on their Facebook Page. Cafe Grumpy coffee will be served.

Correction: It’s apparently only for NYU students, but if you contact them they might find room for you.

10 NOV

Lower East Side Cafe News

Ceci Cela, Spring St
Ceci Cela circa 2007

According to Bowery Boogie, one of the best neighborhood blogs, Brooklyn-based Heartbeet Juicery is leaving 85 Stanton Street, with the mysterious Rise Coffee to take its place. Anybody have any info on this spot? We couldn’t find anything.

Last month they also reported that Ceci Cela will be opening a Lower East Side shop on Delancey next to the Bowery Ballroom. This Soho stalwart was a favorite of ours as recently as 10 years ago, but there is a lot more competition in the French pastry realm these days, with most of the new spots having far better service than Ceci Cela. They’re not even mentionable these days in the coffee realm, but maybe the new shop will see them using a better roaster.

29 OCT

Third Wave Guide to Astoria, Queens

Queens Kickshaw | Broadway | Astoria

Five years ago there was no Third Wave coffee scene in Astoria, Queens, and even after The Queens Kickshaw opened in downtown Astoria, it seemed like nothing else was going to take root. Then, almost all at once, several shops opened along 30th Avenue including Kinship Coffee Cooperative, Gossip Coffee, and Astoria Coffee.

60 Beans | Ditmars Boulevard | Astoria | Queens

A few cafes opened almost at the same time in the Ditmars section of Queens, as well, with only two of them falling under our purview, 60 Beans and OK Cafe.

We wrote a Third Wave coffee roundup for Queens About.com on the Astoria scene. Hopefully you’ll find it useful.

We also created a companion Astoria Third Wave coffee Foursquare List. Go save it and explore them all.

10 SEP

Flushing Queens Cafe Roundup

Flushing, Queens Cafe Roundup

A few years ago there was only one quality Third Wave coffee shop in Flushing, Queens, but now there are three, although they are widely spaced geographically. There are also a few other shops that are favorites of ours for working, for the most part much larger than their counterparts in the remainder of the city.

I’ve written a roundup of these shops for Chopsticks & Marrow, the Queens-focused food blog and created a companion Foursquare list to help you keep track.

08 MAY

Press Tea Closes After Circling the Drain

Press Tea | 7th Ave S (Perry St) | West Village

We were never fans of the signature drinks at Press Tea, but the elegant Apartment Therapy-style living room was appealing, so we’d use it as a place to meet friends or read. Their schtick involved preparing pre-ground tea in a modified espresso machine, producing drinks that were bitter and astringent.

However, the last time we visited, they had jumped on the crossover Asian cuisine bandwagon, dishing out bad Asian “tacos,” cramming a full kitchen counter into the small space but losing the charm conferred by the interior design in the process.

Apparently this was a desperation move; according to Eater, they have closed.

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.