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    Gregory's Coffee

    across Park Av from the Met Life tower.

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    Default The Peoples Improv Theater


    There is this great new coffee shop and bar on 24th st between Park and Lex! Its got free Wifi, really freakin good coffee which is pretty cheap, and always has seating. Then at night time it is a comedy theater. It amazing! check it out.

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    Don't shoot the messenger .

    Melbourne-style cafes gain fans in New York City

    By Simon Leo Brown

    Melbourne-style cafes have arrived in New York City and the locals are literally lining up to get in.

    Cafes with Melbourne-themed names such as Brunswick, Little Collins and Bluestone Lane are standing out by providing friendly table service.

    Brunswick's owner Alexander Hall said American coffee shops usually require customers to order and pay at the counter.

    "It’s the table service that sets us apart from the Americans," he told 774 ABC Melbourne's Red Symons.

    He said many American coffee shops had a "turn 'em and burn 'em" approach to their patrons.

    "If you lose one customer there's plenty more behind."

    He said Australian cafe owners are more likely to understand that the customer is important.

    "Being trained in Melbourne you realise the worse the customer, the better you treat them."

    Good coffee, good food

    While the USA has a reputation in Australia for having terrible coffee, making a decent latte is no longer enough to stand out in America's largest city.

    Mr Hall said the coffee had improved dramatically since he first arrived in America eight years ago.

    "You're almost hard pressed now to not get a good coffee," he said.

    A recent article in the New York Times on Australian cafes notes they offer good food and good coffee under one roof, where most American businesses offer one or the other.

    The piece describes menu items peculiar to Australian cafes, including the flat white (which it mistakenly describes as "a small latte") and the avocado smash.

    One thing that isn't on the menu is Vegemite.

    "We have it for the staff," said Mr Hall. "We keep a secret stash."

    "The Americans really screw their nose up at it."

    Brunswick is one of six cafes Mr Hall owns in New York, but others are doing well with the business model too.

    He said Midtown cafe Little Collins is "doing a really great job."

    "Pretty much from 7am in the morning to 6pm at night you're lining up outside to get in."

    Lining up for a cafe may seem alien to a Melburnian, but Mr Hall said it is expected in New York.

    "The problem with New Yorkers is if there's no line you’re not going to go."

    "You could have the best cafe in the whole of New York but if there’s no line outside, no-one’s going to turn up."

    The New York cafes aren’t the only Australian-style businesses operating in the USA.

    A 774 ABC Melbourne listener rang from Texas and said he didn't know of any Australian cafes but had visited a meat pie shop in El Paso called "Down Under".

    "The funny thing is, its run by a couple of New Zealanders," he said.

    Australian Cafes Arrive in New York

    July 29, 2014

    Brunswick, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a new Australian cafe.
    Andrew Renneisen/The New York Times

    New York is a city of immigrants and their unofficial embassies offering a taste of home: the French bistro, the English pub, the California juice bar.

    Add to that list the Australian cafe. What started as an expedition a few years ago has become an invasion, with four cafes opening in New York since the fall: Little Collins (named for a street in Melbourne), Brunswick (also named for a street in Melbourne), Bluestone Lane (named for the paving stones on a street in Melbourne) and Two Hands (named for a Heath Ledger film).

    Another Brunswick location is to open next month. They join Toby’s Estate, an Australian company that opened a cafe in Brooklyn in 2012.

    That Australians have anything to teach Americans about coffee culture may come as a surprise to casual drinkers. But those who nerd out on coffee know that Australia — Melbourne in particular — has a dynamic and professional coffee scene.

    At first glance, an Australian cafe may seem like an American coffee shop with colorful idioms: brekkie (breakfast), a piccolo (a cortado), a flat white (a small latte) and “no worries” (you’re welcome). But it functions differently, and differs from the dozen or so Australian coffee bars in New York, which offer the coffee but not the full experience. For one, the cafes offer table service, with a waiter bringing your drink. Then there is food, usually simple, fresh, satisfying egg dishes and salads with close attention paid to the details, just as it’s done in Australia.

    Brunswick’s latte.
    Andrew Renneisen/The New York Times

    “You have these brekkie palaces, full-service restaurants with chefs and kitchens that are run by coffee roasters,” said Jordan Michelman, a founder of Sprudge, a website for coffee cognoscenti. “They’re doing more than filling a pastry case.”

    Most coffee shops in the United States don’t do much with food, Mr. Michelman pointed out, and most restaurants don’t worry about coffee. The Australian cafe is a hybrid, and an unusual one.

    “It’s really two businesses in the same place,” Mr. Michelman said. “There’s this whole robust coffee culture, and there’s this whole robust kitchen culture, and it’s all under the same roof.”

    There is also the attitude: a sunny disposition so genuine it could disarm the most brusque New Yorker.

    “It’s going above and behind the regular service,” said Alexander Hall, who opened Brunswick in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, earlier this year. He plans to have 12 Brunswick locations in New York by 2016. “There are so many cafes in Melbourne, and the standard of coffee is so high, and the design is so high, the only way to differentiate yourself is with customer service.”

    Bluestone Lane, in Greenwich Village, another new Australian cafe.
    Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

    The accent helps. “You kind of go along with it, because believe it or not it’s still a novelty in this country,” said Mr. Hall, who tends to hire Australians on visas that allow them to work in the United States. “These young girls and guys are upbeat people, traveling around the world, having a good time. It’s breakfast. It’s not serious; it’s meant to be fun.”

    Each cafe has a distinct personality: Bluestone Lane, in Greenwich Village, is stylish and relaxed, with the whitewashed walls and hanging planters of a tasteful beach house; Brunswick has the clean lines and clever light fixtures of a design store. But they all have one thing in common: the avocado smash.

    Sometimes called an avocado toast (and in the United States often associated with California), it’s comfort food for any time of the day. You smash half a ripe avocado onto a thick piece of multigrain toast, season it with salt, pepper and chile flakes, then give it a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Anything else is a flourish: dukkah (an Egyptian spice mix), toasted pumpkin seeds, a poached egg.

    In Australia, cafes play a central role in a certain kind of lifestyle you find near the beach. “You wake up, go down to the beach, have a swim, then go have some coffee and poached eggs and toast,” said Henry Roberts, an owner of Two Hands.

    Giles Russell, his business partner, said, “I surfed every day of my life until I came to New York.” He looked slightly sunburned after a weekend in Montauk, N.Y., waiting for waves that never came.

    BLUESTONE LANE 55 Greenwich Avenue (Perry Street); 646-368-1988;
    144 Decatur Street (enter on Marcus Garvey Boulevard), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and 240 Prospect Park West (Windsor Place); opening in August, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn; 347-404-6832;
    LITTLE COLLINS 667 Lexington Avenue (East 55th Street); 212-308-1969;
    TOBY’S ESTATE 125 North Sixth Street (Berry Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-457-6160;
    TWO HANDS 164 Mott Street (Broome Street);

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    Cool, will have to try them out! Do you personally recommend "brekkie" as an Aussie, Merry? (Presumably yes )

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    a new Starbucks recently opened in the telephone building on 6th ave and Walker. Kind of a weird location
    Last edited by GordonGecko; August 4th, 2014 at 04:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroika View Post
    Cool, will have to try them out! Do you personally recommend "brekkie" as an Aussie, Merry? (Presumably yes )
    Absolutely !

    My friends and I went to "brekkie" a couple of weeks ago and we had to queue up to get in! Great place, though, and the food was awesome.

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