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Midtown - Coffee Shop on a Saturday afternoon?

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Going to be in the city on Saturday afternoon, evening...and looking for a coffee shop around the Empire State Building/Penn Station or down to 26th to meet some friends, grab a coffee and chat.
Our intent is to avoid the Starbucks on every corner.
Any good suggestions?

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  1. Joe, Cafe Grumpy, or Madeleine Patisserie are all around that area.

    Joe The Art of Coffee
    405 West 23rd St

    Cafe Grumpy
    224 W 20th St

    Madeleine Patisserie
    132 W 23rd St

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    1. re: kathryn

      Tried Fika Espresso Bar last week. Thought it was pretty good. Park at 28th. There were a couple of tables but not a whole lot of room to sit and chat with more than a couple people. Snacks looked delicious.

    2. Brasil Coffee House, at Lexington & 30th--great strong Brazilian coffee roasted at their Queens location, and the usually have great Brazilian music playing.

      http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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      1. re: Peter Cherches

        I've always wanted to try that place!