Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Eating Out in NYC: Birch Coffee

I recently moved offices in New York, from my company's Tribeca location up to the Madison Square Park area. Along with getting used to a new commute, this move has meant exploring all the lunch spots, watering holes, and of course - coffee shops.

A new favorite of mine (and much of the rest of the office) is Birch Coffee on 27th street.

Love the vibe at Birch

They've got a wide assortment of coffee drinks, and they're all simple and straightforward - espresso, latte, cappuccino - just how I like it. You won't find any "fancy", multi-word drinks here, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

They also happen to have some great food - and I'm not talking muffins and baked goods (though they have those as well). Would you believe that a coffee shop has one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the entire city? Well it's true!

My absolute favorite sandwich at Birch (and one of my favorite lunch options) is their grilled cheese with sharp cheddar, avocado, and tomato. It's served on thick-cut sourdough bread with sea salt sprinkled on top, and is an indulgent combination of salty, crunchy, cheesy, gooey goodness.

My favorite sandwich at Birch - served with cucumber salad to cut the cheesy goodness

It's truly an amazing sandwich. I'm about as carnivorous as they come, and I don't miss the meat at all. It takes a little while for them to make it, but it's well worth the wait. And I've figured out that it takes just long enough for me to enjoy a small flat white while waiting - the timing is almost too perfect :)

Love me a flat white

What's your favorite neighborhood coffee shop, and what is it that you love about it?

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