Coffee Culture NYC

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Recently I’ve become quite obsessed with exploring the best coffee shops in New York. You hear a couple whispers about a place, then you a see an Instagram or two, and then you know it’s a must-visit. Here are three of my current favorites: Third Rail is great if you want to get a muffin and then go sit in Washington Square Park. El Rey has lunch fare as well (and beers). Café Grumpy is great if you’re wandering walk through the Lower East Side and need a little energy. All of them have baristas that take their espresso very seriously and serve perfect cups of coffee. I like a cortado or an almond milk latte, with a little sugar.

1. Third Rail Coffee in Soho. 240 Sullivan Street

2. El Rey in the East Village. 100 Stanton Street

3. Café Grumpy in the Lower East Side. 13 Essex Street.

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Calistoga

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There is the kind of trip that’s so great you don’t want to end, and then there’s the kind of trip that is so perfect you accept its finality because wanting more would just be greedy. A few weeks ago we went to Calistoga for a couple days and it was just that. Our first day there we slide from our perfect little bungalow room at Solage to The Model bakery for morning buns and coffee in St. Helena, after which we counteracted the coffee with organic wine at the Ackerman Family Vineyards. Followed of course by ahi tuna tacos at Gott’s Roadside and a walk through Oxbow Public Market. A little nap and then an 18-course dinner at Meadowood, which was one of the best and most memorable meals of my life. We sleepily spent the next day biking around Calistoga, grabbing coffee and muffins at the farmer’s market, and relaxing at the spa. It was, as I said, simply perfect.

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