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cool place for coffee near the Pleasure Chest (Gr. Village)?

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I'm posting this message is for a friend, I swear. She is supposed to meet her new boyfriend for coffee tomorrow morning at 9:30, before they shop at The Pleasure Chest (157 7th Ave. South, near Perry/Waverly'Charles). I know it's kind of early for a romance, but she would really love to know of any interesting cafes, i.e. not just Starbucks, open nearby in the morning.

Thanks in advance for any leads, chowhounds.

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  1. Rocco's on 243 Bleecker is an old-fashioned, long-standing pastry shop down there. It's not a new-school coffee shop but it has a neat history and good coffees.

    pasticceriarocco.com

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    Rocco's Pastry Shop
    243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    1. This post gets points for originality...

      I was going to suggest "Extra Virgin" to fit in with the theme, but apparently they only open at 11.

      Tartine is close by, but they don't open til 10... Tell your "friend' good luck and enjoy!

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      Tartine
      253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: InfoMofo

        Thanks for the idea, LBNYNY, and thanks for trying, InfoMofo. I'm glad no one said Magnolia Bakery. Any other ideas??

      2. jeez...stay classy.

        morandi has a decent breakfast. im also a huge fan of elephant and castle which is 2 blocks away.

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        Morandi
        211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        Elephant and Castle
        68 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

        1. Not sure about romance but good coffee:

          Joe the Art of Coffee
          Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
          Jeffrey's Grocery

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          Joe the Art of Coffee
          141 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
          138 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

          Jeffrey's Grocery
          172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          1. Morandi is across the street.
            Down the block, there's a street party on Greenwich Ave starting at 10:30am in front of Tea and Sympathy, something about a wedding.

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            Morandi
            211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014