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UPDATE (10/19/10): Luna Espresso is now closed.

Name: Luna Espresso Location: 1593 1st Avenue, New York, NY Roasters: Caffe Pronto Rating: 3+

My most recent trip to New York, a few months ago now, was a short one, and didn’t leave a lot of time for coffee exploration. Despite being left red-eyed from [...]

Espresso is Half the Battle

Name: Joe the Art of Coffee Location: 44 Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage, New York, NY Roasters: Ecco Caffe Rating: 3+/4- (depending on the time of day)

My previous post on Joe…er wait…that’s Joe the Art of Coffee said most of what I needed to say about what this micro-chain of cafes  represents [...]

If it’s good enough for George Clooney…

Name: Nespresso Boutique Location: 761 Madison Avenue, New York, NY Roasters: Nespresso Rating: 2+

The bane of any espressophile’s existence are those highly popular, cute little capsules of pre-ground coffee known as pods, which completely remove all elements of craft from the espresso-making experience. The argument goes, that you might was well robotize [...]

City Girl Cafe

Name: City Girl Cafe Location: 63 Thompson Street, New York, NY Roasters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3-

As the New York coffee turf battle continues, it seems not unsurprising that Ground Support, an Intelligentsia account, opened up just around the corner from City Girl Cafe, server of Stumptown coffee. I suppose the only [...]

Ninth Street Espresso

Name: Ninth Street Espresso Location: 700 East 9th Street, New York, NY Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3

As any article on third wave coffee in the Big Apple will tell you,  Ninth Street Espresso occupies a special place in New York City’s coffee history. Ken Nye opened this cafe back in [...]

A Bluebird Will Arise from the Ashes

Name: Bluebird Coffee Shop Location: 72 East 1st Street, New York, NY Roasters: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

I couldn’t help but feel a bit like the harbinger of death after my visit to Simon Sips. Moments before I walked in the door, one of their long time baristas gave his notice, and [...]

Sips Sans Simon

Update: Simon Sips has closed. Blue Bird Cafe, still using Counter Culture has opened in the same space.

Name: Simon Sips Location: 72 East 1st Street, New York, New York Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3

There’s a reason I tend not to hob-knob with coffee industry folks, and it’s not just because I don’t [...]

Haute Cafe

Name: Culture Cafe Location: 72 West 38th Street (between 5th and 6th), New York, NY Rating: 3+

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the grand opening of the Stumptown Cafe in the Ace New York for months. I’m excited about this new cafe not so much because it will serve as the flagship heading up the ever [...]