I love cute, sunlit cafes that smell like coffee and fresh pastries. And if their free wifi actually works, they can expect to see me there for half a day because I wouldn’t budge. If I’ve scored a good seat near the window with my laptop/dying phone plugged into the charging outlet, I’m not moving.
One of Manhattan’s many charms is the coffee house scene, which continues to burgeon across the city. Each new coffee shop tries to spark its individuality through its decor or drinks, and Pushcart Coffee in Chelsea is definitely one of a kind. It’s pleasant, clean and not raving loud like Starbucks.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like Starbucks (their salted caramel hot chocolate is to die for) but that place is like the Times Square of coffee shops–always crowded, super noisy and I can barely hear my thoughts over the music and dozens of conversations circulating the shop. I’ve learned that I write best in close-to-quiet environments, or at least in spaces where the buzz around me doesn’t interfere with my thoughts.
Recently, a friend of mine told me about Pushcart Coffee. So I went there and had the privilege of chatting with the owner, Jamie Rogers. I wrote a brief review for Joonbug.com, which you can read here.
Ah, that’s one of the things I’m gonna miss about New York: the cute coffee shops. I’ll miss how I’d sit in a corner with my laptop while sipping on a sweet beverage.