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Coffee or tea shop near Union Square

apollo13 May 1, 2008 08:13 AM

I am looking for a cute coffee place or a tea shop with good pastries where one can sit and relax for a while. Thanks!

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    Sommelier00 Aug 5, 2009 01:36 PM

    The Coffee Shop in Union Square. Nice spot

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      barbala May 1, 2008 04:14 PM

      dean & deluca on University and 11th. Nice, natural light seating area, gorgeous plasterwork on ceiling, pretty good pastries and coffee.

      1. misnatalie May 1, 2008 03:09 PM

        Tavalon Tea Bar
        22 E 14th St

        the genius is really good

        good treats as well. not too much for sitting but can easily take treats to the park

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          Peter Cuce May 1, 2008 03:39 PM

          I heard that it had closed, but maybe not?

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          cocoloco14 May 1, 2008 02:42 PM

          grey dog is a great place to go relax-they'll let you sit for as long as you like

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            dimples May 1, 2008 02:52 PM

            Grumpy isn't too far--21st st between 7th and 8th. I love their muffins.

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            xigua May 1, 2008 02:15 PM

            The Adore on 13th and university place

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              maxine May 1, 2008 02:56 PM

              2nd Tea Adore on 13th (half a block from Joe's). It is a great, intimate sort of French/Japanese tea house. It is a tiny space but has tables upstairs that make you feel like you a living a decade ago, so cute and quaint. The food too is simple and great.

              Joe's has great coffee, but more of a scene and not relaxing, same with Grey Dog (more food than the others, but I am not as big a fan of the coffee).

            2. MMRuth May 1, 2008 12:12 PM

              Tisserie is on the north end of Union Square - I've had a decent espresso there, but I believe the only seating is the bar in the window.

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                prdct May 1, 2008 12:15 PM

                Actually, I think there is additional seating upstairs.

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                  scrittrice May 1, 2008 02:04 PM

                  The food and coffee at Tisserie are okay, but I hate the feel of the place--it feels so chainy, doesn't it?

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                    MMRuth May 3, 2008 02:45 PM

                    I've only popped in a couple of times for coffee while at the market - but now that I think about it, it does have a chainy feel to it.

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                      kathryn May 3, 2008 02:55 PM

                      Yup, it is a chain from Venezuela:


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                        MMRuth May 3, 2008 03:04 PM

                        Thanks - I had no idea, though I did see that another one opened up in the city somewhere (must have driven by).

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                          kathryn May 3, 2008 03:26 PM

                          Yes, in Soho inside the DKNY store. Not like they need another patisserie in Soho, though!

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                  kathryn May 1, 2008 11:11 AM

                  Amai Tea and Bake House has great tea cookies and pastries baked in house. And you can sit and linger for a while, too. It's easier to get a seat there than at 71 Irving, Joe, or Grey Dog, but I like all of those too.

                  Joe the Art of Coffee
                  9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

                  171 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Grey Dog Coffee
                  90 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

                  71 Irving Place
                  71 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                    sugartoof May 3, 2008 03:00 PM

                    Great list. I would only caution that Amai Tea and Bake House is tiny, and allows for little to no privacy if you're hoping to have some conversation with your tea. I'm also not sure how comfortable it would feel to sit there and linger with a laptop.

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                    OliveJuice123 May 1, 2008 09:26 AM

                    I love 71 Irving on Irving place. Crowded at all hours but seriously cute and great coffee/other items.

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                      Lucia May 1, 2008 11:06 AM


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                        Peter Cuce May 1, 2008 11:36 AM

                        71 Irving is a great place to hang, but I don't like their coffee at all, and most of their food is pretty bad to boot.

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                        travpard May 1, 2008 09:04 AM

                        there is a nice coffee place on Irving Place called Irving Farm.around 19th street. much better than Starbucks.

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                          sam1 May 1, 2008 09:12 AM

                          there's joe the art of coffee on 13th between 5th and university place...and grey dog cafe on university around 12th street.

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                            deborah24 May 2, 2008 09:57 AM

                            3rd for 71 Irving

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