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Or You Could Guzzle a Free Coffee…

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 5.43.48 PMTrue story: today someone tried to charge me $4.50 for a cup of drip coffee. It was a Times Square tourist trap that I ducked into during a moment of groggy desperation, but still. In this city of nitro cold brews and deconstructed lattes, is there any hope for someone who just wants to enjoy a cheap cuppa, “construction-worker-style”? Enter the Cafe Bustelo pop-up.

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Nitrogen Cold Brew? Deconstructed Lattes? Coffee Project Is Not Your Average Joe

Coffee Project's "Project 1:" The Deconstructed Latté. Photo: Anneke Rautenbach

Coffee Project’s “Project 1:” The Deconstructed Latté. Photo: Anneke Rautenbach

It was at Slate Coffee Roasters in Seattle that Chi Sum Ngai first came across the deconstructed latté – a shot of espresso, a shot of steamed milk, followed by the symphony of the latté in full – and was utterly charmed. After completing her barista training in Portland and moving to New York five years ago, she realized that there was a gap in the market – in the East Village, at least – for something similar.

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Wafels & Dinges Café Is OPEN and Serving Milkshakes, Coffee, and…Lox Waffles?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The insanely popular Wafels & Dinges truck opened its first brick-and-mortar location this morning at 2nd Street and Avenue B, and owner Thomas DeGeest hopes it’ll function primarily as a neighborhood coffee shop.
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Wheeee! Milk and Pull Brings More Coffee to Bushwick

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

So many coffee spots are opening in Bushwick, it’s getting hard to keep track. We were so excited about AP Coffee and then Strangeways that we somehow missed the ever-so-quiet opening of Milk and Pull Café a couple of weeks ago.
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Strangeways Coffee Rises From the Ashes of Oslo

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

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Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Sometimes, the universe works in strange ways – at least, it did for Eddie Cedeno, who opened Strangeways in Bushwick today.
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Third Rail Coffee Very Quietly Opens On a Very Quiet Block

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

When he moved to New York City 21 years ago, Third Rail Coffee owner Humberto Ricardo would take the scenic route to the subway from his apartment in Alphabet City, so he could walk down Stuyvesant Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.

“Basically, I fell in love with it,” he says. Six years ago, when Ricardo began making plans to open a coffee shop, he dreamed of securing a location on Stuyvesant.
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Hi-Collar Opens Tomorrow With the Blingiest Bathroom Ever

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Pour-over coffee, anyone?

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Hi Collar's bathroom door. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

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Bon Yagi isn’t Osaka’s latest Bon Jovi cover band. He’s the “mayor of Japantown” who quietly owns, oh, pretty much every Japanese joint in the East Village: Robataya, Decibel, the list goes on.

After a quiet test run last week, he’ll open Hi-Collar tomorrow in the old Rai Rai Ken space (another Yagi venture, now relocated two doors down). The bar-cafe is a slim portal to Japan’s jazz, or “Taisho,” era, when western fashion and food first made inroads – up to a point.
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