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Sep 14, 2011 09:12 AM

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

Having enjoyed Coffee Bean in Calif., I was happy to welcome the first NY franchise. It is a clean, bright space in a pretty central location (B'way and 39th). I cannot present a complete review as I only sampled food items, having already had 5 cups of coffee. Also, while there were several pastry items on the menu, none were visible when I was there. Maybe they are not on display generally or perhaps they were out owing to the lateness of my visit.

The food options last night consisted of wraps and salads made by Pomegranet (Brooklyn). While the choices were adequate and attractively packaged, it was evident that the items had been made too far in advance. The lettuce in my salad nicoise was wilted. The other ingredients were fine. However, it was impossible to eat with the “spork” that was provided with the salad.

I think that my wrap, “Japanese eggplant,” would have been pretty tasty 10 hours earlier. However, by the time it reached me it had been rendered completely soggy at the bottom (the wraps are standing on their sides in their packaging).

In short, this is not a place to come for dinner. I think it would be a great destination to pick up some breakfast pastry and coffee/tea or to sit with a laptop while having a bite and a beverage. Just limit the pre-packaged foods to the early afternoon.

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  1. I agree, was there last night too. Got a tuna sandwich and wife a salad. The tuna, first of all was dark tuna, the cheapest variety, and was horrible. Wife's salad had ice in it, maybe to keep it cold, I don't know. $27 for a bad sandwich, old salad, but the mango drinks were pretty good. I don't think this place will last too long, at least in CA everything is fresh.

    1. It is a wholly different place in the morning. First of all the coffee is great and it is served with a smile. There is a nice selection of pastries and muffins. I had a tasty croissant. The sandwiches and wraps looked fresh and were plentiful. Plus, Wi-fi and space to work.

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      1. re: Kosher Critic

        I heard that the pastry is always fresh but that the plainer items are the better bet. The specialties are said to be super rich and cloyingly sweet.

        The store at B'way and 39th often seems overstaffed.

      2. Any soy options for those who keep chalav yisrael?

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        1. re: singingfoodie

          Their menu states that all beverages that are made with milk are available with soy milk.

        2. There's also one at 86th and Amsterdam. Kof-K

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          1. re: AdinaA

            I am now frequenting the new location at Park and 54th and am pleased to report that the food options have been significantly upgraded - fresher and more options. I assume this is the case at the other locations as well.

          2. I had a pretty good sandwich at the new 76th and bway location. Munster cheese and lettuce. Better than I had expected. Quite of few of their options were panini that looked like they would be better hot, as they had melted cheese on them. Not much was available in the way of pastry.