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Coffee with colleague between Penn Station and NYU

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An old colleague is coming to town and I have to meet him for coffee. He's coming from upstate into Penn Station and I am at NYU (though I commute in from Astoria). Any ideas on good, quiet places where we could grab coffee around 10:30am? No Starbucks, please. Thanks!

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  1. Le Grainne Cafe is on 9th Avenue and 21st St., and is a lovely place to get a cup of coffee, cappuccino, espresso, and enjoy your friend's company w/o feeling rushed. One block south is Le Bergamotte Cafe, a bit smaller but also quite nice.

    1. The new outpost of Cafe Grumpy is sort of between the two of you. It's at 224 West 20th Street
      (btwn 7th & 8th Aves). Outstanding coffee, nice vibe, pretty quiet.

      www.cafegrumpy.com

      1. Thanks! Both great ideas. I'll check them out. Thanks again for the help!

        1. I absolutely second Cafe Grumpy. Not only are the staff knowledgeable about the product they are serving, they are passionate about it, willing to talk at length about it, and as friendly/garrulous as could be. I've been there about four times now and every time the selection was different and every time the person behind the counter talked to me about what I would like without the slightest hint of annoyance or impatience. They definitely deserve your business.