The Portland-based coffee brand surely brings its artsy style to New York. Stumptown's second cafe is located in West 8th Street, a more spacious yet equally indie one after its NYC debut in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. The location was formerly Eighth Street Bookshop, a literary center of Greenwich Village in the 50′s and 60′s. Greats like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso were often seen thumbing through paperbacks and strolling the aisles.
The location is convenient, in the NYU neighborhood and very close to Washington Square Park, but sort of off the beaten path thus not terribly chaotic. But let’s face it, it’s Stumptown so it is usually busy. Although with huge indoor space and a decent amount of tables, it’s hard to snag a seat. Things get better in summer, as they have tables outdoor and it’s very nice to sit outside in the lovely neighborhood.
The decor is quaint and cozy, with brown wood, retro font and warm tones. Holding their thick, mugs and beautiful coffee art in hand will for sure brighten the moment.
Besides the always amazing coffee (the name Stumptown speaks for itself) and good selection of pastries (Balthazar and Momofuku Milk Bar), you can find the most recently roasted beans here too. According to the dates stamped under the bags, they are sold within a day or two. Such freshness is highly appreciated by coffee snobs.
You can also explore its pour-over bar next door, which offer quite extensive options. The baristas are friendly and knowledgable, and would share recommendation on the bean and pour-over method. The classy decor and ambience really makes it a memorable Stumptown experience.
GRADED BY SYCOMORE