Flight board at Box Kite Coffee
Beer pairing at Box Kite Coffee
Espresso at Box Kite Coffee
You can get your a.m. caffeine kick at a slew of new New York coffee shops this fall. Sip Scandinavian roasts at a new Greenpoint café-bar, mix and match espresso shots in the East Village, or refuel with siphon brews at a Japanese coffee house. Check out coffee's next wave in New York.
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The joint: Box Kite Coffee
What’s brewing: In mid-October, Cora Lambert and Erik Becker, alums of übergeeky RBC NYC, will bring some booze-world trends to planet java with their “1 + 1” flight boards. The compare-and-contrast combo features two espresso shots—one with milk and the other without, plus variations with beer or wine pairings. boxkitecoffee.com
The joint: Búdin
What’s brewing: Norway’s booming coffee culture washes onto the Greenpoint waterfront in November with this café-bar, featuring beans by Oslo’s Tim Wendelboe and Helsingborg, Sweden’s Koppi,as well as aquavit cocktails, Finnish moonshine and Scandinavian bitters on the rocks. budin-nyc.com
The joint: 500 President Gorilla Coffee Roastery and Bar
What’s brewing: Gowanus will gain its first roastery when this Park Slope outfit’s 4,000-square-foot warehouse opens in mid-September. It will also deliver some bean nerd standards to the up-and-coming nabe: single-origin blends and highfalutin brewing methods (pour-overs, siphon). gorillacoffee.com
What's brewing: Taking its name from a fashion term popular during the Japanese jazz age, this 11-seat coffee house specializes in East-meets-West fare. During the day, the East Village spot serves siphon brews made with Porto Rico and Counter Culture blends and dishes such as omurice (a rice-stuffed omelet) and katsu pork sandwiches. When the sun sets, sidle up to the wooden counter for Far East beers (Yonayona, Echigo Koshihikari) and sake cocktails. hi-collar.com
Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
It may be sacrilege to say it, but it seems that the legendary 96 -year-old Grand Central Oyster Bar, located in the epic and gorgeous hub that shares its name, is running on fumes. The surly countermen at the mile-long bar (the best seat in the house) are part of the charm, but the fishy lobster roll, overly breaded fried clams and ketchup-tasting pan roast are not. Play it safe—and classic—with a reliably awe-inspiring platter of iced, just-shucked oysters (there can be a whopping three-dozen varieties to choose from at any given time, from Baja to Plymouth Rock) and enjoy the vaulted-ceiling view. As long as the station is abuzz and the oysters good—they are—the other food is really beside the point.
Venue says: “For over 100 years we have been serving the freshest oysters & seafood in NYC! Our Oyster Happy Hour features Bluepoint Oysters, $1.25/each”