Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

20 FEB

Reviewed: Caffeine Fix, Flushing’s Newest Third Wave Coffee Shop

Caffeine Fix | 41st Ave | Flushing Caffeine Fix | Flushing

Another Third Wave coffee shop, Caffeine Fix, opened in January of this year in Murray Hill, Queens, joining Flushing’s first, Cafe de Cupping, which opened in 2012. Similar to Astoria, another Queens neighborhood, Flushing has a strong cafe culture, but until recently specialty coffee hasn’t made a dent.

Cafe De Cupping | Northern Blvd | FlushingCafe de Cupping | Flushing

Read our review to find out how Caffeine Fix stacks up against its Third Wave neighbor.

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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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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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24 OCT

Reviewed: Marlow & Sons, a Williamsburg cafe with rotating coffee offerings

Exterior | Marlow & Sons | Williamsburg
Marlow & Sons, on Williamsburg’s south side, is the second business in the Andrew Tarlow empire, beginning life as a cafe space for the spillover from next door’s Diner, but eventually evolving into its current incarnation as a full-fledged restaurant. Project Latte is mainly concerned with the front cafe, of course.

Chocolate Ice Cream + Espresso | Marlow & Sons | Williamsburg
Although they don’t have wifi, Marlow & Sons hits a lot of sweet spots, with a quality coffee program, good food, and excellent baked goods.

Click here to read our review.

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18 SEP

We review Stumptown Coffee Roasters in NYC’s Ace Hotel

Stumptown Coffee, Ace Hotel, W 29th St

Opening on Labor Day, 2009, Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the Ace Hotel, on the corner of W 29th & Broadway, not only helped launch the nascent NoMad neighborhood (north of Madison Square Park), but also helped usher in the ongoing boom of specialty coffee shop openings in New York City.

Manager Lizz Hudson, Stumptown Coffee, Ace Hotel, W 29th St
Manager Lizz Hudson

To be sure, there was Third Wave coffee to be had in the city before Stumptown came along, but this particular shop was the harbinger of an accelerating wave that shows no signs of abating. There are very few, if any of the original staffers (the ones in these pictures) still working here, and in fact, Stumptown alumni can be found spreading the gospel at many serious coffee shops around the five boroughs (or at least the three we know of that have specialty coffee), including Variety in East Williamsburg, and Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint.

Click the link for our review of Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the Ace Hotel.

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18 AUG

Zibetto, midtown Manhattan’s Italian standing-room only espresso bar reviewed

Zibetto Espresso Bar | Midtown Manhattan | Project Latte

Zibetto‘s midtown Manhattan espresso bar is a favorite among those looking for a prototypical Italian coffee experience, from the gruff friendliness of staff to the particular Italian-style house-roasted coffee. Jason Smith reviews.

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30 JUL

Bushwick’s Dun-Well Doughnuts, a Project Latte favorite, reviewed

Dun-Well Doughnuts, Montrose Ave

Dun-Well Doughnuts, Montrose Ave

One of Project Latte’s favorite purveyors of (primarily) yeast doughnuts, Bushwick’s Dun-Well Doughnuts, is finally getting some well-deserved media attention. We post our review of this shop, serving vegan doughnuts and providing much-needed cafe space and wifi to the neighborhood growing up around the Montrose Ave L station.

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25 JUL

Midtown’s Australian-run Culture Espresso, a Project Latte favorite, reviewed

Culture Espresso, W 38th St
We’ve just posted our review of Australian-run Culture Espresso Bar, where elegant wallpaper and chandeliers provide a backdrop for patrons to enjoy some of the best coffee in Midtown Manhattan.

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19 JUL

We review The Bean’s 2nd Ave branch, a magnet for laptop users, not coffee lovers

The Bean, 2nd Ave (E 3rd St)
We just put up our review of the original 2nd Ave location of The Bean, which they built after a Starbucks took over their original space in the East Village. It opens early, closes late, and has everything necessary for laptop workers except for good coffee.

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19 JUN

Je & Jo Comestibles in Hell’s Kitchen reviewed

Je & Jo Comestibles, W 47th St
Je & Jo Comestibles, W 47th St
La Marzocco Espresso Machine, Je & Jo Comestibles, W 47th St
We like this little shop on far west 47th St, Je & Jo Comestibles, which churns out daily cookie dough ice cream specials and does a pretty good job with Cafe Grumpy espresso.

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