|Joe, West Village|
Joe Coffee features in both. This West Village spot is a mecca for coffee obsessives. The small cafe is insanely busy. I circled it three times yesterday (like a coffee stalker) before I could get a seat, and tried and failed to visit when I was here in May. I finally nabbed a mid-morning table and sat down with a soy misto Americano (how's that for a yuppy beverage?) to see what the fuss was about.
|Soy misto Americano at Joe|
Oh, it was a beautiful cup of coffee. Ever since I switched to soy, I've missed the beautiful rosettas and latte art you get with a milk-based drink. The friendly barista behind the counter at Joe's offered me the option of steamed soy (hence the misto) and poured it into the cup with a light touch and a beautiful rosetta to finish. The coffee, a seasonal house blend of Brazillian and Nicaraguan beans, was smooth and rich, and really did have a hint of roasted hazelnuts, as the board behind the counter proclaimed.
There's a small selection of baked goods to go with your brew - I tried a vegan chocolate sea-salt cookie. It was soft and buttery, with a whack of sea salt and, I'm not sure how you make vegan chocolate, but the the gooey chips tasted like the real deal to me.
Joe Coffee opened in 2003. The West Village spot is the original branch but there are now eight branches across Manhattan - including Grand Central Terminal and the Upper East Side. So if you're visiting New York, you're never too far from a Joe. They even run coffee cupping and espresso tasting classes. Serious coffee, for a city that runs on the stuff.
Joe West Village, 141 Waverly Place, New York NY 10014