So off to Coffee Fest NYC it is! We arrived late last night and didn’t get much sleep, so we are anxious for some good coffee this morning. The actual Coffee Fest doesn’t start until tomorrow, so for now we are on or own for sight-seeing – and (more importantly) to explore the delicious roasts of Midtown Manhattan.
Sorry, but we’ll pass on the brewed coffee in the lobby. Thanks for the free breakfast, but we’re in the mood for something a little more…home grown.
Our first stop is Culture Espresso on W. 38th. Just southeast of Times Square and west of Fifth Avenue, this tiny gem truly has a classic espresso bar feel to it. There’s only three tables and a window bar, but since most people seem to come, meet for a great coffee and be on with their day, I lucked into a seat just as my pourover was blooming. Quick side note here – the weather was great on the drive up, and just as I sit down to take my first sip of coffee, the snow has started coming down. Let’s hope we don’t get the 3”-6” they are predicting. I went with a delicious Indonesian single origin from Sight Glass, and told him to switch it to Here instead of To Go just as the seat opened up. Not only was the coffee great, but they are also playing some great tunes. Having trouble with the wi-fi, but the Dr. John (Locked Down – a great album produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) coming out of the classic wood speakers sounds fantastic.
Well, the snow was quick, only five minutes or so. Off to do some more exploring. Check back soon for updates!
UPDATE 3.7.13 4:13 pm
After getting some personalized M&M’s with Maddie and Bella’s names on it in Times Square, we of course had to have a pastrami and corned beef sandwich. And what goes better after that than some cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Two, no six, no 12, baker’s dozen! Feeling full, we don’t want to be sluggish…so how about an espresso? How about Buongiorno Espresso? Located near our hotel, just west of the Theater District in Hell’s Kitchen, it’s exactly what you would expect from a quaint espresso bar behind the port authority. Hand written menu, two small tables, homemade baked goods…and great espresso. Also right across the street just happens to be a pork butcher shop that looks almost like the one in the Sopranos opening credits.
Stay tuned…Oh and by the way…the snow has turned to a rain/snow mix. But we’re hyped up on caffeine, so we’re powering through!