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You Want To Be Stumped – Stumptown Coffee (New York)

March 4th, 2010 3 Comments

You don’t have to be a coffee snob to realize  they serve more than your average cup of joe at this Midtown coffee shop.

Originally from Portland, Stumptown Coffee has blessed the few New Yorkers who know that it exists in the lobby of the trendy Ace Hotel on 29th Street.

The beans are imported from all over the world, from Kenya to Burgundy, and offer depths of flavor one would only expect in a fine wine.  Although it is served from a large container, each cup has been pressed by hand.  Before you add creme, taste the coffee black; it’s as smooth as silk.   If you prefer a latte, you’ll find the milk is steamed at the right temperature to make a dense, sweet foam so you won’t need sugar.  And don’t you dare leave the counter without ordering a pastry.  Each treat is worth the calories, I promise.

Of course you aren’t expected to know about each hand-crafted concoction at this seemingly simple coffee bar.  Just ask one of the friendly baristas about what roasts they’re serving and what treat they….no, don’t ask….just order two pieces of french toast (one for you and the other for a friend whose day you are about to make) and thank me later.

I highly suggest you order your coffee “for here” and take a seat on one of the over-sized leather lounge chairs in the lobby of the Ace Hotel.  The decor screams old-school, preppy hunting lodge, but the crowd will tell you it’s the coolest place to hang out during the day north of 14th street.

Warning: it’s REALLY hard to choke down the daily drip from Starbucks or the deli downstairs after you’ve been Stumped.

Stumptown Coffee – 18 W 29th (between 6th and 7th)

(Top photo taken with my iPhone. Ace Lobby via)

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  • j

    awesome! thanks for posting this, with pics! i was thinking about staying at the ace hotel because they’re having good specials right now… has anyone stayed here before?

    • I haven’t, but just based on the central location, low rates, and proximity (as in connected to!) one of NYC’s hottest new restaurants (The Breslin), you’re sure to have an interesting crowd to mingle with in the lobby.

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