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Grand Central Coffee?

mocro Oct 18, 2010 04:14 PM

Is there somewhere I could meet a biz associate for a cup of coffee in Grand Central Station at 9 a.m. on a Friday where a) we could get a seat; b) it wouldn't be impossibly loud; and c) we'd be clear on the location. Somehow 'Starbucks' seems doomed. I can always go to a nearby hotel like the Hyatt, but we need this to be fast and efficient so inside CG would be best. Thanks so much.

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    sugartoof RE: mocro Oct 18, 2010 08:41 PM

    Joe's in GC, and the food court seating downstairs?

    Joe's is a little easier to locate than Starbucks since it at in an area with little else.

    The Oyster bar must serve a cup of coffee.

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      Elizabeth E. RE: mocro Oct 19, 2010 06:59 AM

      Both Cucina & Co and Naples 45 are open for breakfast. They're in the MetLife Building -- just up the escalator from Grand Central. Both are used to commuters in a hurry.

      Naples 45
      200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166

      Cucina & Co.
      200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166

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        sugartoof RE: Elizabeth E. Oct 19, 2010 11:19 AM

        Cucina & Co. is an especially good idea, and they can just keep in mind, Grand Central has the seating areas downstairs if the situation isn't what they had idealized.

        Cucina & Co.
        200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166

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        chocokitty RE: mocro Oct 19, 2010 10:28 AM

        I remember passing by an interesting coffee shop/espresso bar that looks like bookshelves turned upside-down or sideways and it's bar stool seating. It's on 42nd Street near Madison Ave but the name is escaping me now. I was intrigued to try it but it was very late at night when I saw it.

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          kathryn RE: chocokitty Oct 19, 2010 10:39 AM


          D'espresso by Bryant Park? But it's not all that close to Grand Central.

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            chocokitty RE: kathryn Oct 19, 2010 02:32 PM

            Yes, that's it. (re: D'Espresso).

            Personally, I don't think walking about 2 blocks being that far away from Grand Central, but it depends on the preference of the OP.

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          boccalupo RE: mocro Oct 19, 2010 11:37 AM

          You can try Cipriani Le Specialita on 42nd btw. Lex. and Park. They have a few tables and it is generally not too busy. The espresso and cappuccino were better several years ago though.

          Cipriani Le Specialita
          110 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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            ChiefHDB RE: boccalupo Oct 19, 2010 06:13 PM

            Macchiato is also across the street on 44th btwn Lex and 3rd.

            141 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017

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              boccalupo RE: ChiefHDB Oct 20, 2010 12:21 PM

              Macchiato is by far my favorite coffee place in the area. But it is almost always crowded and noisy.

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                RCC RE: boccalupo Oct 20, 2010 01:07 PM

                Very good coffee at Macchiato. But, doesn't suit the OP's requirement as there's almost always a line to get coffee and tables are at a premium.

                141 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017

          2. Phil Ogelos RE: mocro Oct 19, 2010 06:31 PM

            I'm going to make a recommendation that fulfills 90+% of your conditions but lacks some sort of je ne sais quoi.
            Which is that you buy your coffee at Zaro's (which serves the best cup inside the station, imho, and some very nice crullers, too) and walk the :30 seconds across 42nd to the Whitney Annex in the Atria Bldg.. You'll certainly find a seat -you'll find five seats- and the space is quiet, although the acoustics are a little cavernous. It is better than Pershing Sq., which is right next door, but another (psychic) disappointment in a long line of corporate-driven urban space designs.

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              mocro RE: Phil Ogelos Oct 21, 2010 12:10 AM

              Thanks to everyone for these great ideas. Aoorecaite your help.

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