That place is Pushcart Coffee on 9th Avenue and 25th Street! It’s my new favorite spot to get some tea, meet with writing partners or clients, or get work done on my own. Nice people, nice vibe, there is tea I like (the green jasmine), they don’t use toxic tea bags, their snacks are great (my son loves the pumpkin bread, and I love the Brooklyn-made Rawpothecary Juices they carry), and their soup is wonderful (thanks for making me try it, Ashley!). They also have a bunch of fancy ways of making coffee that boggle my tea-drinking mind. There is a community work table, a few individual tables, a comfy corner spot in the back and counter seats and there is free wifi (you have to sign up for it, but it’s free). Go there. You know I know what I’m talking about.
There’s a new Melvin’s Juice Box in the Dream Hotel – 355 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, closer to 9th). I was riding my bike past it today and saw Melvin out front. I have enjoyed Melvin’s juice concoctions for years and am so happy his place is now (relatively) in my neighborhood. Melvin is a great guy – always friendly and positive, and he really knows his juice! All juices are 100% organic, and they also serve soups, salad, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, wine, beer, shakes, and shots (wheat grass and ginger). There is eat-in, take-out and delivery, and it’s open 7 a.m. “until late,” 7 days a week.
OMG, this is my life! I feel your pain! Either go to Whole Foods* or Todd English Food Hall in the basement of the Plaza Hotel. Look at this TEFH menu and tell me that each of you cannot find something. C’mon. I’m not going to tell you that either of them is spectacular or the best food you’ve ever eaten or anything like that, but if you’ve all got conflicting priorities, these two places could do it for you.
* (Whole Foods warning: Chelsea location has nowhere to sit, Columbus Circle is always way too crowded – it’s a complete madhouse, Union Square is nearly always way too crowded, but Tribeca and Houston St have a lot of seating and great selections.)