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Till & Sprocket, The Best New Coffee Shop You (Probably) Won’t Get To Try

(Edit: If you’re just reading this now, it’s already too late.) West 30s Garment District shop Till & Sprocket, open for 10 weeks, is the best new shop we’ve been to in a while, but unfortunately they are downsizing their coffee program in two to three weeks. Apparently, their inclusive business model, which includes farm to table fare, a daytime cafe, craft beer, craft cocktails, and an attached co-working space, is over budget, and they’ve sadly decided to deprecate the part we care about the most.

Till & Sprocket | W 30th St | Garment District | NYC

Josip Drazenovich, most recently of Odradeks, designed the entire drinks program, on the coffee side bringing in Lofted (roasted in Bushwick) and Sweetleaf (roasted in Greenpoint). Sweetleaf’s roasting has finally hit its stride, and Josip pulls great shots of their Slapshot espresso.

Till & Sprocket | W 30th St | Garment District | NYC

Till & Sprocket is also one of the few shops in New York City with a Mahlkönig EK 43 grinder, a tool that, paired with a knowledgeable operator, can produce a thick, long espresso drink sometimes called an EK shot.

Till & Sprocket | W 30th St | Garment District | NYC

Stop in before Till & Sprocket dumbs down their coffee program and ask for a delicious Lofted EK shot.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | Greenwich Village

This post originally appeared as a review on Project Latte, my soon-to-be defunct cafe culture site.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | W 8th St (MacDougal St) | Greenwich Village

Located just north of Washington Square Park, the beautiful Stumptown Coffee Roasters flagship outpost has something to offer coffee drinkers of all levels. Part-cafe, part-coffee lab, the West 8th Street location is designed for efficiency in getting busy Manhattanites in and out quickly. The larger, front cafe area sports two custom La Marzocco Stradas and has wifi and a fair amount of seating. Located in a separate room behind the cafe is the standing-room-only Brew Bar. Customers looking for a more educational and coffee-centric experience should head directly to the back. The delineation between the cafe and the Brew Bar prevents the slowness in service many other cafes offering single serving pourover coffee experience.

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Zibetto | Midtown Manhattan’s Authentic Italian Coffee Experience

This post originally appeared as a review on Project Latte, my soon-to-be defunct cafe culture site.

Zibetto Espresso Bar, 6th Ave
Visiting Zibetto is a lot like going to a bar in Italy. The baristas wear white shirts and black ties behind a long counter that takes up most of the small space. There are shallow ledges sticking out of the wall where you can set your drink and your cornetto, but there is no seating and no space to work. The environment is the main draw here and the vibe is very Italian. No one charges you when you order, they wait until you are finished and place a check under your cup only when you are ready and ask for it.

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Jack’s Stir Brew | West Village | Manhattan

This post originally appeared as a review on Project Latte, my soon-to-be defunct cafe culture site.

Jack's Stir Brew | W 10th St | West Village

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee is a neighborhood spot. Flyers for guitar lessons, house cleaners, and local recitals line the wall as you walk in the door, and sections of the Times lie around in case you forgot yours. Jack’s makes eggs and toasted bagels in the mornings and serves beer in the evenings. People love it here. Early on Sundays it pulls in a pile of regulars who look very relieved to be there, munching away their hangovers with bagels and coffee.

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Bakeri | Williamsburg | Brooklyn

This post originally appeared on my soon-to-be-defunct cafe culture review site, Project Latte.

Bakeri, Wythe Ave

One of our overall favorite spots, this bakery with a northern European bent has beautiful decor and a design sense that covers the smallest details, friendly service by (mostly) women in retro mechanics uniforms, high quality baked goods, good savory items, and occasionally good Counter Culture coffee. In the warmer months, the backyard garden is a treasure, complete with koi pond.

Bakeri | Wythe Ave (N 8th St) | Williamsburg

There’s no wifi, but that’s not what Bakeri is about anyway. If it’s not too cold out, there are a couple of metal tables on the sidewalk, while inside there is some cozy seating by the window and an antique heavy wooden communal table fronting the pastry case. Our favorite area is the whimsically decorated single-seat nook leading to the backyard garden, a perfect place to write in your diary. To the right of the pastry case is a combination prep and extended display area.

Bakeri | Wythe Ave (N 8th St) | Williamsburg

The Counter Culture espresso, despite being prepared on a La Marzocco, ranges from carp-killing to not bad, but they have some nice iced teas. Savory food consists of pre-made high quality sandwiches on good bread and daily prepared specials, oftentimes a kale salad and some type of soup, while sweet items run the gamut from a rose water shortbread to bread pudding to croissants to coffee cake.
A signature house item is the vanilla cardamom custard skolebrød which is richly flavored and delicate, with coconut thinly shaved on top, a Scandinavian improvement on the New York danish.

150 Wythe Ave
Near N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-8037

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