July 24, 2010
Diego and I met our friends from Mexico City, Greg and Max, at Limelight Marketplace on 6th Avenue and 20th Street in Manhattan. Check out the coffee and chocolate products sold here. We highly recommend the Espresso and the Madagascar chocolates at MarieBelle and the bacon flavored brownies from Mari's New York are a must.
July 23, 2010
July 22, 2010
18 Bedford Avenue, corner of Lorimer
905 Lorimer Street, corner of
July 21, 2010
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July 19, 2010
A while ago I made a film about Brooklyn Kickstand, the guys that bring the best cup of coffee to people on their bikes and transformable coffee carts. The link is below if you have not seen it. Then I heard about a bike shop shop in Manhattan that was serving coffee to cyclists. It's super interesting seeing how people are combining their business models with coffee. I thought you should see these two links on bikes and coffee:
July 17, 2010
The tea. There are twenty-two informal tea & fare offerings. I can’t describe them all but one of my favorites is “Old Friends’ Tea”. This one offers cucumber sandwiches, scones, cakes, cookies, jam and cream with the suggested tea of earl gray (for one: 29, to share: 27.50 each). Other assorted tea sandwiches are available a la carte: ham, cucumber, walnut-date, turkey, sprouts & olive, and manchego. If you are on a limited budget you can order the tea by the pot and tiny baked goods from the counter.
The baked goods. When you walk along 5th Street you may smell the baking coming from Podunk’s front porch door. Every time we come, something is baking in the oven, waiting for us to arrive. The variety changes upon availability but we have been there when the following was available: ginger, shortbread, or chocolate chip cookies, cheddar biscuits, billowy scones (blueberry too) and pink frosting cupcakes (Diego’s favorite).
The family. Elspeth Treadwell, her daughter and husband all made the business what it is today. Eight years ago Elspeth wanted a tearoom because her daughter said, “mom, can you be home more?” Elspeth spoke to her husband, Mr. Podunk, to see what they could do so that she did not have to be working in the office all day. At the time, he was a professor with a serious Ivy league education and they sat and talked about what kind of family business they could start. Elspeth told him her idea and he said, “well, we can do that”. “He is still the money man of the business and he is the one responsible for why the store looks like it does…he made the room. He was placing everything while I was in the back baking.”
Elspeth says that “in New York its’ hard to drop in”, she wants Podunk to be the place people stop by. Now years after her daughter has left, the store is “still a neighborhood but now people who stop by are friends from all over the globe”. Podunk is located at 231 5th Street between Second and Third Avenues.
*Note: There is no restroom so be careful how much tea you drink.
July 15, 2010
This place is opens at 7am everyday and closes at 10pm and in this part of Greenpoint nothing on Manhattan Avenue stays open until 10pm. In addition to this, the impressive menu has several radiant options for less than 5$ and the tea list is like a wine list with detailed descriptions like Pu-erh Ginger-“the coffee drinkers tea… orange and ginger complement the rick smoky flavors of pu-erh.” In Spring & Summer new menus arrive and you can peak at Brooklyn backyards through their open their spacious secret backyard. The coffee is caffe-vita from Seattle.
Champion Coffee is located at 1108 Manhattan Avenue between Clay & Dupont. The closest train is the G.
July 12, 2010
The Best Chocolate Cake in the World is located at 55A Spring Street between Lafayette and Mulberry Street. The fastest way to arrive here is to take the 6 Train to Spring Street and cross the street but one can also take the N/R to Prince Street.
Communitea is located at 47-02 Vernon Blvd at the corner of 47th Avenue. One can easily arrive by taking the 7 Train to Vernon/Jackson Avenue.
Atmosphere: 4 Stars
Tea: TBA (This place needs me to return with Diego for the afternoon tea service.)
July 10, 2010
Sage General Store is part of the small collection of quite impressive coffee and tea places in this largely industrial area that has rapidly become another popular neighborhood that’s a hop, skip, and jump to Manhattan. More on this later…
After our bike ride we came into Sage General Store for some lunch. The food is great and definitely as good or better than some in Manhattan. It is no wonder why the business has been around since 1997. We highly recommend the tomato soup with goat cheese and their mac n’ cheese of the day. Note: The entrée menu changes daily. Portions are substantial so Diego had to take his red velvet cupcake (made in-house) “to-go” I had to stick my Dallis Coffee latte in my basket.
Sage General Store is located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue between Pearson & Court Square.
Atmosphere: 4 Stars
July 8, 2010
July 7, 2010
French-inspired fare is good, and they serve Ceci-Cela’s classic French pastries. I recommend the Eggplant Panini with roasted eggplant, chive and garlic aioli, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, on locally-made sunflower bread. Utzman creates some of the best sandwiches in the borough (pricey, but really amazing).
Atmosphere: 5 Stars
Pastries: N/A (Diego did not rate)
Coffee: 5 Stars
Food: 5 Stars
July 4, 2010
Atmosphere: 5 Stars
Vegan Treats: 4 Stars (The morning and afternoon sandwich get 5 Stars!)
Coffee: 5 Stars
July 2, 2010
July 1, 2010
DUMBO General Store Cafe
111 Front Street between Adams St. & Washington St.
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reBar Coffee Box
147 Front Street between Pearl St. & Jay St.
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Dumbo Muffin Espresso Bat & Gourmet Food
68 Pearl Street between Front St. & Water Street
(718) 596-6700-Phone does not currently work
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