Blue Bottle Coffee
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The siphon pot, an alchemical glass-bulb coffeemaker, takes center stage at the first Manhattan location from San Francisco roaster Blue Bottle. Like the Williamsburg outpost, this minimalist café sports maple wood, tall ceilings and poured-concrete flours, but the six-stool siphon bar on the back mezzanine takes coffee geekery to the next level. Grab a seat at the marble counter and watch the barista brew right in front of you—a halogen heater warms water in the implement's bottom bulb, then vapor forces it into a top chamber filled with grinds. When the heat source is removed, the coffee filters back into the bottom bulb, resulting in a crisp cup of joe that shows the bean's distinct flavors. Caffeine fiends who prefer less hoopla can order pour-overs, espresso drinks and pastries at the front coffee counter.
450 W 15th St
|Cross street:||between Ninth and Tenth Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average coffee: $3. Cash only|
|Opening hours:||Café: Mon–Fri 7am–7pm; Sat, Sun 8am–7pm; Siphon Bar: Daily 9am–4pm|
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