71 Irving Pl, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.736810 -73.986907
Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown
Tell you what – The coffee is good, I should know cause I'm really picky about coffee. The staff is rude, I should know because I'm a member of the staff and they are rude to me. I'll smile when you come in though.
Oh PS the chicken salad is really good and made fresh
I never could tell the difference between the various coffee flavors at other shops - they were all rather bland to me - until I tried Sinful Delight at 71 Irving Place. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Cons - could be a bit crowded. My friends and I almost gave up and left when a table finally freed up, and it was a lousy rainy day, too.
Not at all worth it – The coffee is not all that great, for the price, and, the staff is VERY rude!! the music is very loud and you have to scream in order for your friends to hear you! Don't even waste your time.
Weak coffee and service – I live near 71 so it's convenient but that's all it has to offer. It's always crowded, the staff is indifferent to rude, the coffee is nothing special and everything is absurdly overpriced.
Not good – Very crowded. Overpriced. Rude staff. AND the coffee is mediocre. I recommend you save yourself the disappointment.
Overpriced and just average coffee – 71 is another place that has been over-hyped and overrated. The coffee is above average but not worth going out of your way for if there is a Starbucks closer. As for the menu items, they are way over-priced and of meager portions. As for the decor, the room is dark, small, and uncomfortable. Service is at the counter and basic. I guess this place is popular for those working on their resumes and looking to be seen but this is not a place to go if you are looking for a coffeehouse and a place to relax and read the newspaper in comfort.
Best coffee shop in nyc – My favorite coffee shop in the city where you don't feel like you are in the city! Great coffee, hot chocolate and fresh baked rice krispy treats. My favorite place to escape with my boyfriend on the weekends when we want a relaxing/cozy night. I wish this pace could be kept a secret because its one of a kind in manhattan!!
great expectations – It's nice to have a place like this in the neighborhood, but my experience did not leave me with that warm, fuzzy "neighborhood coffee shop" feeling. It's cute inside and outside, but the latte I had was poorly made and partially spilled on the saucer. Staff was a little "too cool," but I'm finding that this attitude is common in New York. The girls talking loudly nearby discussed how all their friends are "European." On the whole, it gave me uncomfortable flashbacks to my student days in Paris. Quel dommage.
Have stopped going there – Four of us went to 71 in late December of 2005 and really liked it. The interior was charming and very much a "real" coffeehouse (and they don't mind if you linger), the desserts were sinfully-delicious and the coffee was very good, the staff were exceptionally friendly & personable....three of us returned there in late June of 2007 and the staff were incredibly *rude*; especially the person who took our orders. Having had such a positive experience the previous time, two of us decided to try it once more (in late December of 2007). Although the staff wasn't *as* rude as what we'd encountered the second time, they were still very unfriendly. Despite the charm of the interior and the convenience to Union Square, we won't return - and judging from many of the other reviews, our one positive experience was actually an exception at 71.
Great spot in Grammercy – For all those who hate Starbucks...this is your place...What a real coffee spot should be...the coffee is great....service is quick...the only tough thing is waiting in line, because you have to stand next to their muffin and cake windows (they are so smart)...my wife loves to go there and read or write.
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