Gasoline Alley Coffee

331 Lafayette St(between Houston & Bleecker Sts)New York, NY 10012
No phone Approved
BDFM at Broadway-Lafayette Sts; 6 at Bleecker St
Mon–Fri 7am–6pm, Sat-Sun 9am–6pm
Coffee Roaster

A Project Latte favorite, NoHo’s Gasoline Alley Coffee is a high-ceilinged, minimalist, airy box with gorgeous light. There are entrances on both Lafayette and Mulberry, two opposite, angled streets which nearly intersect half a block north at Bleecker Street. A bicycle hangs on one wall, high above the polished wood counter, which is dominated by a La Marzocco espresso machine on one side and a pastry case on the other. The opposite wall has a couple of framed mirrors above the milk and sugar bar, while each street wall is made up entirely of metal-framed glass, in varying degrees of opacity, that opens onto the street in the warmer months. Narrow counters, each with three fairly comfortable wooden-backed stools, look out over their respective streets.

Continuing the bicycle theme, all of the employees wear cycling caps, although we’re not clear how this squares with the Gasoline Alley moniker, which apparently stems from the fact that the area used to be filled with auto repair shops a generation ago. Eschewing the specialty coffee shop trend toward single serving pourover coffee, most likely for space reasons, the shop offers pretty good urn-based drip coffee in addition to the standard roster of espresso drinks.

All coffee is house-branded Intelligentsia, beans of which are also for sale, or you can choose homemade kombucha on tap, while baked goods consist of a large array of Dough doughnuts and a couple of varieties of Ceci Cela croissants. The Black Cat espresso is inconsistently prepared, ranging from fairly good to weak and watery on different visits, but we still like to visit Gasoline Alley Coffee to meet up with friends or watch the NoHo street life.