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River Coyote Is a Rare Beast: A Coffee Shop That Doubles as a Wine Bar

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

Jay Nir was chilling in a café in Amsterdam some years ago when he noticed that the person to his right was sipping coffee while the person to his left was quaffing wine. He’s hoping that ever-so-European comingling of caffeine cravers and liquor lovers will be a common sight at River Coyote, which he opened today on the Lower East Side.

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On Bedford Ave, an El Beit Revival that’s ‘Barista Owned’

El Beit set to be reborn as Cafe Beit in about a week (Photo: Nicole Disser)

El Beit set to be reborn as Cafe Beit in about a week (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last fall, when El Beit went the way of Verb Cafe and closed on Bedford Avenue, we worried the seven-year-old coffee shop might give way to more artisinal soap. “That’s the thing,” former El Beit barista Chris Miller told us. “We found out that apparently some of the other offers [for the space] were a bunch of high-end boutiques. I think one was a glasses store and we were just like, ‘Yeah, because four isn’t enough, we need five separate high-end eye-glass stores, maybe another haberdashery and we’ll be all set– we can just start doing costumes every day.”

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Bedford Ave’s Verb Cafe Now in G’point, Serving Hot Coffee Sans ‘Cold Interactions’

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was one of the last vestiges of a bygone Williamsburg– a grungy, cavernous little coffee shop with worn-down wood floors and a lifetime of coffee grounds seemingly plastered onto every surface. Verb Cafe, which opened in 1999, was nothing fancy– no one went there to get a pour-over or fawn over bespoke beans with tasting notes. But when the place closed in June 2014, there was more than a bit of sadness (which was compounded when life imitated every joke ever told about Brooklyn hipsters and the coffee shop was replaced by an artisanal soap boutique with handmade, organic cupcake soap).

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Sweetleaf Is Opening a Roastery-Cafe in a Greenpoint Warehouse

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

Williamsburg just got a roastery-cafe specializing in Colombian beans, and now Greenpoint is getting one.

Sweetleaf is opening the dual operation off of Manhattan Avenue, and its owner, New York native Rich Nieto, says this one won’t be like some of the national and international operations that have landed in Brooklyn lately. “I think it’ll probably have more of a local feel,” he says of his roastery-cafe. “I don’t get a local feel from companies that have to cross the ocean to get here and then they open up and then say, ‘We’re your local coffee shop.'”
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Inside Williamsburg’s ‘Super High-End’ Colombian Cafe-Roastery, Devoción

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A few weeks ago, Williamsburg’s newest coffee roaster and café quietly opened on the western fringes of Grand Street. But even if Bogota-based Devoción’s expansion hasn’t been as hyped as, say, Blue Bottle’s arrival from San Francisco, it’s attempting to do something equally — if not more — ambitious in a grand, gorgeous space.
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‘I Am Coffee’ Will Only Be Coffee On the Weekends

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

I Am Coffee, the quirky, tiny coffee bar tucked into the second floor of a building on St. Marks Place, is scaling back to two days a week, according to a sign on the door. Which makes it even quirkier!

As New York pointed out a few months ago, the coffee bar, which barely fits a couple of people, is run by a congenial Italian couple who bring the cutting-edge of their home country’s brewing methods to the table, and experiment with their own cocktail-like coffee concoctions.
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It’s Curtains Up For a Coffee Shop in the East Village’s Cultural District

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Photos by Kate Beaudoin

A stone’s throw from where Au Breve remains closed, the owner of the East Village’s latest coffee shop is optimistic she can hold her own. “I’m on the side street and I’m near all the theaters,” says Ginny Taylor, “so customers see me first.” Indeed Fourth Street Central is smack in the midst of the East 4th Street Cultural District, adjacent La MaMa, KGB, New York Theatre Workshop, Paradise Factory, the DUO Multicultural Arts Center, and the Kraine Theater, among others. (Not to mention the new guitar shop and underground cruising den.)
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This ‘Aussiepreneur’ Serves Flat Whites, Is On the Rise

(Photo: Alexander Hall's Instagram)

(Photo: Alexander Hall’s Instagram)

In the month of May, Alexander Hall opened Rosella on the Lower East Side and Brunswick in Bed-Stuy, but he ain’t done yet: “There’s another Brunswick opening in Windsor Terrace in early August,” says the chatty Australian. “Then there’s two more in Harlem towards the end of the year.”
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