The heart of historic Greenwich Village finally gets the world-class coffee shop it deserves. True, there’s no shortage of fine caffeine-fueled establishments both to the east and west (and north and south; NYC has truly become a great coffee town), a long list that would include Joe the Art of Coffee, Prodigy, Everyman Espresso, Roasting Plant, Jack’s, La Columbe, and 9th Street Espresso. But that somewhat-forlorn stretch of 8th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues–so central, so much potential–hasn’t had an appealing place to linger, relax, re-energize in years and years. Until now.
A Traditional Espresso Bar Can Be Found at Stumptown Coffee Roasters
After months of anticipation, Stumptown Coffee Roasters have finally opened in the very-Village-y-looking corner spot on 8th Street and Washington Square West, just a block away from the park and, by the way, a Citi Bike station. And there are two coffee bars at the new Stumptown, serving up different caffeine experiences! In the large, sunny room up front you’ll find a traditional espresso bar, with Stumptown’s superb coffees served every way you’d expect: cappuccinos, lattes, shots, cold brewed, etc. Here also is an impressive selection of baked goods, represented by such local all-stars as Doughnut Plant, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Greenpoint’s superb Ovenly, which as far as I’m concerned makes the best salty-sweet concoctions in town. Get the shortbread. Or the peanut butter drop. Or the chocolate chip cookie.
A Brew Bar is Located in the Rear of the Coffee House
But it’s the back bar of the 8th Street Stumptown that really sets this place apart. Here, in what they’re calling the Stumptown Brew Bar, you can choose any coffee in the house (from blends like the excellent Hair Bender to single-origin delights such as Indonesian Sulawesi Toarco Toraja) geekily prepared a half-dozen different ways: Chemex, BeeHouse, French Press, Aeropress, Vacuum Pot, or Espresso. On my last visit to the 8th Street Stumptown I went with that Sulawesi done up Chemex style and, honestly, this was a extraordinary cup of coffee. The baristas really know their stuff, too, and are happy to teach you about all of the different methods, the apparatus for which, no coincidence, are on all sale, in you’re looking to really up home-coffee game. This is a terrific new addition to the neighborhood.
The Greenwich Village Stumptown Coffee Roasters is located on the corner of 8th Street and Washington Square West. The Espresso Bar is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; the Brew Bar from 9:00 to 5:00. You can lots more information about Stumptown’s newest location on their website.