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5 East 27th Street New York, NY 10016
  • Whereas most cafes are so cramped there is barely enough room to fit two people comfortably, Birch offers a spacious ground floor room in addition to a wonderful loft area upstairs that is aptly titled “The Library” and includes several interesting seating options such as ottomans, couches and little “stump” stools
  • Unfortunately, this is an extremely overpriced place
  • I once purchased a chocolate bar for $8, not knowing how much it cost


    • by agoobacha
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      Recently I have begun a book club, and living in New York City I do not necessarily trust strangers to come into my home. As such, I had a need of a place that was pleasant and spacious enough to accommodate up to ten people and provide a good atmosphere to discuss books. My dreams were realized when I came across Birch Coffee. This cafe is extremely un-New York like in its size and comfort level. Whereas most cafes are so cramped there is barely enough room to fit two people comfortably, Birch offers a spacious ground floor room in addition to a wonderful loft area upstairs that is aptly titled “The Library” and includes several interesting seating options such as ottomans, couches and little “stump” stools.

      The place is oddly attached


      to a hotel and therefore it is a bit difficult to find beneath the large lit “flame” décor that discerns the hotel awning. You have to know that it is there to be able to find it. However once you do, it is a great place to be. Not only are there ample tables to sit, but they are very nicely spaced so that you are not cramped with others. The sufficient distance allows for conversation without interruptions or eavesdropping. The space also has live music every once in a while and their music selection, so far, has been absolutely perfect for the atmosphere they are trying to create. Very relaxed, melodic, soft-voiced women with guitars that only add to the place and do not overwhelm your own conversations.

      There ...


      • is an extensive tea and coffee list, that predictable features numerous free trade brands and exotic sounding African names. The food menu is not as large, however it is enough for a snack or a light meal, as it mostly consists of hummus or veggie plates and a few sandwiches. Unfortunately, this is an extremely overpriced place. I once ordered a hummus place that was $10 and came with a tiny little bit of hummus and three slices of focaccia, certainly not enough to satisfy even a small appetite. Each of the coffees and teas also runs about $6 or $7, which outdoes even Starbucks in its pricing. The cheapest simplest thing to get is a $2 iced tea, which sometimes goes down to $1 on the hotter days. Because of their
        trendy appeal, there is often some kind of interesting thing to try out at the front counter, such as an exotic chocolate, and this is always welcome even though chances are it is completely not affordable. I once purchased a chocolate bar for $8, not knowing how much it cost. The fault is, of course, my own, however this is a place where one needs to be careful with what they buy and always ask the price beforehand.

        The pricing aside, however this is a nice relaxing place to be. There are things to sample and if you do not mind splurging once in a while, there are some wonderful teas to explore. A gem in New York city for anyone looking for a quiet place to study, talk, or just have some time to yourself.




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