"Want to fika with me?" In New York, talk like that could get you slapped, but in Sweden, fika simply means "coffee break," and at this fifth iteration of the Scandinavian espresso-bar, you can break like a Nordic native. The 3,000-square-foot space is one part chocolate factory and one part coffeehouse, decked out with blown-up black-and-white Stockholm wall murals and sloped gray lounge seating. Score strong Scandinavian roasts, kanelbulle (cinnamon rolls) and marzipan creations during daylight hours. By night it's a small-plates bar, pouring European wines and Swedish beers (Carlsberg) to go along with bites like gravlax sliders, caviar-topped toast and, of course, meatballs. Master chocolatier Hakan Martensson oversees the factory operations, rolling out bonbons spiked with hazelnut and Himalayan salt, and hosting chocolate-making sessions that range from novice (two-hour) to expert (two-day).
FIKA Tribeca & Chocolate Factory
|Venue name:||FIKA Tribeca & Chocolate Factory||Contact:|
450 Washington St
|Cross street:||between Desbrosses and Watts Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 6:30am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 9am–5pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Canal St|
|Price:||Average coffee: $2. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|