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Coffee Monday: East Harlem Cafe

December 29, 2014

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.

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