Bao & Butter

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Today’s Xiaochi (小吃) | Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab, Archestratus Books & Foods, Kona Coffee & Co | September 28, 2017

Xiaochi is a periodic column devoted to short news items and links. Xiaochi (小吃) is the Chinese word for snacks.

Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab | Industry City | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab, the best cafe in New York City that no one visits, has recently begun offering smørrebrød, open-faced sandwiches for $5 a pop.

The Bean, 2nd Ave (E 3rd St)

EV Grieve reports on Kona Coffee and Company, a new East Village coffee shop opening soon on Second Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets. As per usual, EV Grieve equates the quality of all coffee shops, mentioning the loathsome The Bean in the same breath as some actual good purveyors.

Archestratus | Huron St | Greenpoint | Brooklyn | NYC

Paige Lipari, the proprietor of Greenpoint’s Archestratus Books & Foods, was recently featured on the Food Book Fair podcast where she talked about Patience Gray, the Sicily-based British food writer whose work is experiencing a revival following the publishing of her memoir. I like how they call Archestratus the food-and-books pleasure dome. That’s exactly how I feel about the place.

Mr Wish Park Slope Grand Opening

Mr Wish Bubble Tea | Park Slope | Brooklyn

Mr Wish Bubble Tea | 86 5th Ave | Park Slope | Brooklyn | NYC
Somehow Mr Wish, a bubble tea chain with five other branches scattered around New York City (and zillions in Taiwan and also China) escaped my notice until they opened one in my own neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Mr Wish Bubble Tea | 86 5th Ave | Park Slope | Brooklyn | NYC

My first impression of Mr Wish was a positive one after stopping by for a full sugar tapioca milk tea for my niece. The tapioca pearls were soft, the way they should be, something that’s hard to come by in New York City. I couldn’t tell much else about the drink due to the sugar overload, so I returned a couple of days later with a friend and ordered a cold, zero sugar milk tea with tapioca pearls and one of their signature fruit drinks without boba.

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Archestratus Books & Foods Exterior

Food Tour | Archestratus, Bakeri, Cienaga, Meyers Bageri, MilkMade, Nixtamal, Oddfellows, Yunnan Flavour Garden

I love showing people around New York City, mixing food exploration with sightseeing. A recent expedition involved taking Mark, a food guy visiting from Bali, on a highly personalized journey that took into consideration preferences of his (bakeries, ice cream) and ruled out cuisines from Southeast Asia (where he lives and travels), Japan (his future home), and squeezed it into one dinner Wednesday night and half of the next day, along with homework to complete in his own time. We could have covered more places, but unlike me (probably wisely), he doesn’t eat for science – only for hunger – and our geographically disparate destinations took a toll on available eating time due to heavy New York City traffic.

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Best New Cafes & Coffee Shops | NYC | May 2017 Edition

At least a handful of cafes open in New York City every month, but I no longer attempt to make it to all of them and instead prioritize those that meet at least one of the following criteria: serving coffee from a favorite roaster, beautiful spaces, good places to work, inhabiting previously unserved or underserved neighborhoods.

My four recent favorites are all in Brooklyn except for Flatiron’s Patisserie Chanson.

Use this handy Foursquare list to find all of the cafes covered in this series of best cafe and coffee shop roundups.

East One Coffee Roasters | Carroll Gardens

East One | Court St | Carroll Gardens | Brooklyn | NYC 384 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Best New Cafes & Coffee Shops | NYC | March 2017 Edition

A lot of cafes have opened in the past few months. I didn’t make it to all of them, but these are my favorites out of the ones I did visit. This is a running series and the previous edition can be found here. Order is alphabetical.

Use this handy Foursquare list to find all of the cafes covered in this series of best cafe and coffee shop roundups.

Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab | Sunset Park

Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab | Industry City | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

51 35th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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White Noise Coffee interior

Best New Cafes & Coffee Shops | NYC | February 2017 Edition

Espresso | Three Seat Espresso & Barber | Ave A | East Village | Manhattan | NYC

Espresso | Three Seat Espresso & Barber

Use this handy Foursquare list to find all of the cafes covered in this series of best cafe and coffee shop roundups.

New specialty coffee shops continue to open in New York City at a furious rate, and I’ve given up trying to get to all of them. However, I still (eventually) make it to a lot of them and write about the ones that are special in some way, or fill a void in a previously underserved neighborhood.

The bulk of the cafes I’ve visited lately that have opened in the last few months are in Brooklyn, with a couple in Manhattan, and one in Queens. Collectively they use coffee from a striking variety of roasters, mostly local, but some further afield.

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