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Apr 24, 2001 10:04 AM

Best coffeehouse or tea in manhattan????

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Hey again everyone,what's the best coffeehouse in manhattan or even a cool happening place for tea and open at all hours? Thanks,Richie


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  1. I don't know if this is the best in Manhattan, but a cool place for a tea or coffee in the East Village is Aquiloni on Ave A & 11th Street. Nice atmosphere, two walls of windows to check out the neighborhood street scene, tons of European magazines (and Europeans, for that matter) to peruse, and excellent smoked salmon openfaced sandwiches [I can't remember what they're called; topped with shredded hardboiled egg and creme fraiche (sp?)]. Reasonably priced, too.

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    1. re: jmunnie

      Hello jmunnie,What kind of neighborhood is 11th and Ave A,I have never been down that way? Thanks,Richie

    2. Have you heard about these guys? I've seen them by the Astor Place uptown 6 station, hanging out in their orange truck. The downside is you'll have to sit on the curb (or maybe sneak into Starbucks, haha).

      1. I'm partial to Untitled Space on Greene St. in Soho, just south of Houston. It's cavernous and, unlike most coffee shops in Manhattan, it's always possible to get a table. Also unlike many other Manhattan joe joints, it's ok to linger indefinitely without getting nasty looks from the staff. The coffee is pretty good and the prepared sandwiches and cookies and other sweets are quite fine, though a bit on the spendy side. They also offer smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices and wine and beer.

        I also like Cafe Des Moines on Ave. A around, oh, 3rd St. Very laid back, though there's usually more of a scramble for seats. Their soups and pastries are reasonable and very good. Cinema Classics is a coffee shop / movie theater / video rental joint on 11th St. between 1st and 2nd. Their treats are uninspired and over-priced, as is the coffee, but the atmosphere is very, very comfortable. Alt.Coffee on Ave. A by Thompson Square park and the Pink Pony on the Lower East Side are some other good coffee shops.