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Coffee shop is open 23 Hours a day? Their website asks what happens in that last hour, let us know what you think in the comments below. While the name Coffee Shop may mislead you into thinking diner, this Brazilian restaurant is terrific for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or late night. The crowd is always up and fun, a mix of locals, tourists and city visitors to Union Square. Perfect place to go and check out the bustling and increasing lively, crowded Union Square area.
Sitting on top of the 4th busiest subway station in New York City, Union Square, the many lines stopping here make for easy access and the police station inside the station make all hour access comfortable. A quick cab is also enjoyable.
The Coffee Shop Experience: All of the these BarTaste meals have made me bump up my exercise level to keep up with all of the calories. Sunday morning finds me at a furious boot camp exercise class at the gym. I am famished afterward and decide to go to Coffee Shop for a nice brunch at the bar. The meal quickly cancels all the effort I put in that morning. It is 11:50 AM, I know exactly because I decide to have a Bloody Mary but no booze until after Noon so I take a look at the menu and wait patiently.
I sat down at a bar seat facing the front of the restaurant providing a good view of the door, the street through the windows and the entire restaurant through the large glass wall which separates the bar area (with booths) from the rest of the restaurant. There is another seating area in a room in the back. The bar has the shape of a old school traditional diner counter, an extended s-shape with three loops protruding into the room, seats on all sides and room for the bartender to walk up to every seat. I estimate about 35 seats making for a big selection. Sit on the second loop facing the door for the best view. Bartenders, hostesses and other customers are very friendly.
Coffee Shop has always been a favorite. I go there for all meals, take visitors, friends and colleagues. Sometimes a scene, maybe a gaggle of models, but Coffee Shop is always welcoming with great service and great food. My Bloody Mary arrives and I order Colombian Arepa with Poached Egg, Chorizo, Spinach & a Truffle Hollandaise, a good protein replacement after a crazy workout. Egg whites and oatmeal would have been better for me but why start now? Wow, this is the perfect brunch.
The place starts to fill up for brunch, I meet a few tourists from England and others who are trying to recover from their Saturday night before. Most seats in the restaurant are terrific but the outdoor seating is some of the best as well. Sit outside facing Union Square Park (free wifi). In chillier weather there are gas heaters outside for a little warmth.
Business Travelers: Coffee Shop is the place to go if you want to get just a taste of, not immersion into, the New York evening and early nightlife scene while having a terrific meal. It is not over the top and just far enough downtown from Midtown to put you in the midst of several very fun Manhattan neighborhoods: Union Square, Flatiron, Greenwich Village, NoMad, East & West Village, Chelsea and Gramercy. Union Square is accessible by many subway lines and or a quick cab. A nice walk down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park. Need a late place to cap off the night or have middle of the night meal? Here is your place. Union Square is always crowded. Check out the Union Square and lower Fifth Avenue Shopping (between 14th & 23rd). A comfortable place for women traveling on business. Maybe not many business travelers in Coffee Shop but if you are looking for a casual, fun, New York place where you will feel at ease and welcome, head here with your co-workers, clients or colleagues.
29 Union Square West (16th Street)
New York, NY 10003