The Most Romantic Coffee Shop in NYC
For me, coffee is more than caffeine, it's a morning ritual. In fact, it's the only "ritual" I can subscribe to. I love every moment of the process. From the wafting scent of freshly-ground beans, to the steam that creeps up the sides of the Chemex, to the very first sip that touches my parched, morning lips. Drinking coffee is an exclusive relationship that presents itself at sunup, shortly after the clamor of my alarm. It is a warm, milky hug, as I'm always cold in the mornings. It is constant amidst the city chaos; the only form of "morning ritual" that I can subscribe to.
On slow, hazy weekends, I like to step out for my coffee; to let the morning air wake me before caffeine does. I usually stop at one of my local shops (Konditori, Blue Bottle) and people watch, greedily gulping down latte foam as I admire the beautiful Bernese on the other side of the window. However, there is one place that has left me with the strongest memories. The best coffee shop I have encountered.
My judgement is based on three criteria: ambiance, product quality, and customer service. Abraço is a little shop on East 7th street in the village that has mastered all three. They have a shiny mirrored display case stocked with impossibly good pastries; their names all written in artistic cursive. Their playlists are consistently on point, so much so that they've even started a radio station. The cortado is exquisite, make sure you ask for a to-stay cup.
Come here when you're in the mood to be transported to a place that can only be described as European. When you want to stand around and sip a cafécito, people watch, get lost in the anonymous ambience of manhattan, come to Abraço.
What is the most memorable coffee shop you've ever been to?
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