The Bean

Restaurants, Coffee shops East Village
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The Bean
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

This popular café returns to the East Village in a new location, having been displaced by Starbucks. Plunk down on one of the plush couches with your latte and snack on pastries or panini.


Venue name: The Bean
Address: 54 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: at 3rd St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 7am–11pm; Thu–Sat 7am–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average coffee: $2. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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So so so much better than that kreepy starbucks that you see all over the world. What is it that they liked about it. Anyways, this is far, far, far better. Keep it up

East Village has suffered a lot under gentrification. But thanks to places like The Bean, some of the bohemian and worn out, friendly neighborhood atmosphere of East Village lives on. Bonus: The Bean loves dogs.

I couldn't begin to count the hours I spent here doing job applications when I first moved to the city. I was so relieved to find a coffee shop that didn't have the regimented feel of a Starbucks. At the counter they serve a wide variety of caffeinated and non caffeinated drinks (even beer!), plus sandwiches and baked goods that are made in-house. Along the windows, there's seating reserved for patrons who actually want to sip their coffee with a good book or chat with friends, which means no laptops allowed. Although this can be frustrating when it's crowded and you're looking for a seat to do work, I appreciate the concept of keeping the shop a social gathering place. Especially on weekends, get there early to snag a spot on one of the comfy couches. There's usually artwork on the walls, available for purchase from artists in the area, which is a nice touch.