Sitting comfortably in El Barrio, this neighborhood cafe has been called the ‘Cheers of cafes’ by Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. Rightfully so. Cozy and cheery, with a clientele of children, students, and Teixeira himself, East Harlem Cafe has a place for everyone.
Michelle Cruz opened the cafe in 2008 as a way to give back to the neighborhood she grew up in. Aside from serving as a coffee shop, the cafe also houses local art exhibits and community events.
My thoughts: I instantly loved the bright interior, exposed brick walls, and colorful artwork. The barista was a friendly and capable man whose apologies were genuine enough that I wasn’t too upset when they were out of the first two things I asked for. The coffee was good, as were the eggs–served with a beautiful salad. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as pastries, and I would definitely go back for more. The only downside was that the wifi was out (and apparently had been for few days), and I really needed to work. Still, I enjoyed my breakfast and will be back next time I’m in the area.