29 Union Sq W Ste 1, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.736518 -73.991199
Neighborhoods: Union Square, Flatiron District, Midtown
this place is so pretentious it's ridiculous. bad food and lots of attitude from waiters who think they are models and need to eat a burger.
Brazillian Influenced Coffee Shop – I must admit I have not been there in ages so forgive me if things have changed since. The one thing I can say about this place is that it is consistent for the good and the bad. Let's start with the bad and work our way up shall we? In true NYC style, this place has wannabe models waiting tables. Problem is they come with the nasty bitchy attitude attached. The service in a word is absolutely LOUSEY! And now for something completely different... the food. Calamari is always a good pick, crispy and good. My favorite is their BBQ chicken sandwich, which comes with a side salad and this really yummie creamy cilantro dressing. The sandwich is built on a lovely piece of thick country bread that is slightly grilled. The chicken breast is perfectly grilled and the BBQ sauce has just the right kind of tang to it. The pies de resistence (Spelling) is their guava crepes. If you go there and do not get it, stab yourself in the eye with a fork now and leave it there.
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a trifecta of food, vibe, service... – i had only been here for networking events downstairs so i never knew how the food was upstairs. i recently saw a movie at cinema nearby so I wanted a good, solid dinner beforehand. we had such a great time and everything was so excellent that we lost track of time and missed the first 10 min of our film. the calamari appetizer we shared was INCREDIBLE. seriously, it's the BEST CALAMARI i've had in NYC. PERFECT: crispy but not greasy, 2 lemon wedges to squeeze over it to send you over the moon. then main dinner was perfect. OMG. i got the veggie burger and added avocado and swiss. it was delicious and came with a real tomato and nice big round slice of onion. the only thing to improve would be to have a sprouted wheat bun instead of the white bun but the bun i got was fresh. the fries have a light (not overpowering) herbal coating that was unexpected but fantastic. my friend (total man's man) got a burger. it came perfectly as he asked (medium rare) and was a huge patty that looked homemade. It was huge. He loved the fries too. i loved that we ate our burgers with grey poupon and slathered ketchupon the fries although they were so great they needed no condiment, just kicking of lips. the waitress (tiny, young) wore a very striking white blonde short bobbed wig with bangs that was a little too "look at me i am artsy" and she was VERY snooty until i mentioned my friend works there and she literally oozed love from that point and seemed to be a WHOLE lot nicer after i made it clear we had a common friend. for the rest of the evening, she was incredible. she refilled our water glasses steadily (my date and i had both been walking a lot that day and were seriously thirsty) and hustled. the service was great. the food came out in perfect time. then there's the music. what a fun place. the music was fantastic. as a Gen Xer, i was dying, totally in heaven with my killer yummy dinner while the music kept blasting the best 80s retro tunes and not the cheesy 80s stuff but really more obscure 80s new wave gems i rarely hear outside of my apt. it was so comfy. i just love this place. i could eat here weekly and be totally happy. the only reason i put it 4 instead of 5 stars was that the waitress was snooty at first and the food isn't organic. then for dessert i thought a few options the waitress listed for us sounded great and she was honest about what she'd tried so i chose the brownie. again, RELIGIOUS experience and i'm not normally a sweet tooth. but OMG that brownie was killer radioatively heated which was PERFECT against the cold ice cream a la mode. it was the best brownie i've had in NYC! it was so delicious hence the perfect ending to a simply perfect meal. they have my vote 100%. THEIR VEGGIE BURGER ALONE IS WORTH BOWING UPON ENTRY!
This place is aight – This diner is okay, we go here sometimes after the games. They have good cakes and pies thats for sure.
Great Location, Everything Else is Lacking – I always seem to end up at Coffee Shop when meeting friends from out-of-town or complete opposite ends of Manhattan. It's a wonderful location, well marked and easy to find. There's usually no wait which is nice and the drinks are pretty strong. I'm not a fan of their "no eat, no sit" policy in seating areas (including the outside). They uphold it even when the areas are completely empty which seems unfair. Their food is so-so: not too bad but nothing spectacular. Besides the outdoor area, the downstairs lounge is a fun place to sip drinks and chat, especially in the winter months.
security on ipod – On this lovely sunday night, my wife and I went to this venue to have dinner.
At the bar, we were welcomed by a beautiful blonde bartender who had a hot thick accent. We ordered the sesame chicken salad and the caesar salad which were both tasty.
There was a group of 4 people -- 2 girls and 2 guys sitting right next to us. Out of the blue, one of the girls got frustrated and threw a glass to the bar which broke into a million pieces and covered everything and everyone surrounding. It was quite terrifying.
The security guy was just standing at the door and looked out of his head. He listened to his ipod and wasn`t paying attention to what's going on, although the noise sounded like a gunshot.
When the bartender waved and shouted for help the doorman slowly approached the bar and kindly let the girl leave. Her identity wasn't verified. She just left. There was no manager on premise either. Fortunately, no one got hurt only the bartender and my wife had ther hair full with glass and everyone's drink and food were taken back. You could see her hands shaking while she cleaned up the bar area. She was professional and offered us new salads but we just decided to leave.
This place tries to create buzz again…. But come on, please invest in professional doormen who aren't on their ipod while working. They don't hear the build up to a confrontation and that is key to take action. This is a serious safety issue!!
Watch for the bartender adding tip on your cc receipt – I left a $5 tip that ended being $15 after the bartender decided to change the amount on my signed credit card receipt, its not about the $10 but about the CREDIT CARD FRAUD!
Good food...Broken Glass – Although we were happy with the food, when I looked at my husband's glass it was completely craked, all the way around " Impossible not to notice". As I understand restaurants always care for this issue, as having a guest sip on a piece of glass, no matter how big it is it can be catastrofic. As we mentioned to the waitress she really apologized, her manager came over to the table and instead of handling the issue, we realized that we even had to pay for the broken glass soda... :( Not a great way to apologize or to assure that we will come back...
Anything can happen in a NY Coffee Shop – I come through here a few times each month when meeting clients and friends from out of town. Sometimes I sit at a table but I often opt to sit at the bar where I usually get great service. Anna and Camila tended the bar the last time I came in and I had such a great time. The bar is pretty big and it was packed but they managed to provide great service and charming conversation. I haven't written a review about this place before now, but I overheard a guest saying some pretty offensive things about the bartenders here and I feel obligated to express my opinion that the Coffee Shop, while sometimes hectic, is quite a fun and spontaneous place to dine at. I've met numerous interesting people there, staff included. I'll continue to be a regular.
Terrific, terrific as always! This time better – As always, Coffee Shop is a terrific place for a mid-day burger and beer (or Screwdriver, in my case). I was in with my brother the other day, my first time in about five or six weeks. On a pretty busy Saturday afternoon, we bellied up to the bar and were greeted by the bartender Jo, who, surprisingly, was the sweetest and prettiest of the staff! This place is known for it's bitchy but gorgeous model wait staff, but Jo defied the former and nailed the latter. Jo was on it: she read our minds, asking if we needed a refill, napkins, or anything else, even before we knew we needed it. And she did it all with the nicest smile in the place. To top if off, the medium-well mozzarella burger and my brother's fries (I got a salad like an idiot this time) came out in a flash, as tasty as the first time I tried it all ten years ago. I'll go back again soon, and, when I do, I don't know if I'll get a table again. Thanks, Jo!
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