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Sep 17, 2006 04:43 PM

Naked City Cafe? Any other Starbucks alternatives in Hell's Kitchen

Anyone know what's up with the Naked City Cafe, 786 Ninth Ave (52nd St.)?

The sign's been up for months, and I swear it was open for a day or two a coupla weeks ago. Looks like a pretty run-of-the-mill espresso joint, but a nice Starbucks alternative would be great for the neighborhood.

I love Sbx coffee, but the ambience is getting tired for studying/hangin out. Any recommendations in Hell's Kitchen?

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  1. That shop seems to be in flux-- in the past 2 years, it's been 4 coffee shops and a bubble tea place that never had bubble tea in stock. No idea if the coffee's good though.

    We really love Casa Cupcake Cafe (9th & 41st)-- it's a good place to work, and the coffee is fantastic. Amy's Bread also makes very good coffee, but there's not much room in there to sit (although there is some). The Coffee Pot is vastly improved over its previous incarnation, but the coffee isn't nearly as good as it is at Amy's or Casa. There is also Studio (54th and 10th), but I have never had a good cup of coffee or snack there. It's roomy, but I do not recommend it at all.

    We have some photos of Casa, The Coffee Pot, and Studio on our site, if you want to check them out. My vote is Casa though-- stick with the good stuff and you won't be sorry.



    1. There's a nice coffee shop/hot chocolate shop hidden inside the Tasti Delite on 9th Ave between 44th & 45th. Some comfy chairs and couches, relaxing atmosphere, hot chocolate can be good or very good depending on who is making it.

        1. Passed by here yesterday evening. It seems to be open now and looks like it could be a nice place to sit. But around 6:30 p.m. not a single customer was in there.

          1. i went there this afternoon. apparently they use o'ren's coffee. not very good overall though - the first coffee they gave me was lukewarm at best and i had to have it replaced. not recommended.

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            1. re: krystle920

              The Naked City Cafe is now up and running, and the coffee is terrific! I have stopped in there on several occasions, and I have yet to be disappointed!