Saturday, July 26, 2008

Awesome Weekends at B Cup Cafe in East Village

My latest haunt (and almost an addiction now) for some weeks has been a cute, cozy and fun cafe in the east village, the B Cup cafe. I moved to the east village in May (my life as a sublet wonky continues and east village was a neighborhood that i wast itching to come to). To be exact, i move into a pretty nice 2 bed room apartment in Stuyvesant Town (ofcourse, i am sharing it). "Stuy town", as the locals call it, is a unique residential community in the city. A complete township spreading from 14th street to 23rd and from 1st ave to the FDR drive. Within it are really nice apartments, tennis courts, a whole park with its own fountain and more (i know, as new yorkers that is luxury and space, you suburban and rural folks!).

Ok, so the thing with east village is that within a block or two you can pretty much get a cool, hip cafe, lounge, bar, restaurant or anything. I am bang opposite Av B. And on 13th and Av B lies B Cup cafe. Its become my weekend spot. Just lazing, thinking, reading, listening to the great music they have, brainstorming my startups, and gazing (well you know what that means).This cafe has some of the best eye candy in the 'hood.

The cafe itself is a chill place (read my detailed review on yelp). Its brick walls, adorned with abstract paintings, and the nice lamps set a cozy ambiance. The cafe front is all glass with a wavey glass painting showing the steam emanating from a large b-cup of coffee! It sure has its artistic touch that you would totally not find in a starbucks (that is another great thing about the village - all independent stuff). The back section of the cafe has two great couches where you can even take a mid-afternoon nap.

You get to meet plenty of people here, depending on how busy you are. I mean the place has a running line of beautiful ppl coming and going out. And you can strike a conversation if you and they are not too keen on wrapping up what they are doing. Sometimes, someone wants to share the power plug for the laptop (macs are by far the popular choice here) with you and you just get talking. Some come to write and think and ponder life. Like this girl from switzerland who was visiting east village and was writing about the life here. Some come just to sip coffee and laze away the afternoon browsing their friends profiles on Facebook. Some come for serious work (like the indian-american girl who is quite a regular and is usually doing her school/internship work or the visual merchandiser who organizes her travel receipts for reimbursement!).

Bcup has become my startup office - on weekends holding meetings with my team on several startups (will update on that). And then just spending hours listening to the music; coldplay is a favorite here. The owners and staff by now even know what i will order and when :-). And they are the nicest blokes - all three of them. They get great karma points (check them out at their facebook group ).

If you get hungry, the colorful chalkboard menu is always inviting. The grilled chicken avocado on a ciabatta bread is to die for. The hummus with ciabatta is great too. So is the granola bar. See more pictures of the great food here.

I have been inviting my friends over. They know now why i dont like to go anywhere else but to stay at bcup or in and around the east village. And yes, they do take note of the free nyc rubber that is stacked up in the rest room for all to utilize...

Coffee, ideas, reading, listening, watching, imbibing, relaxing, chilling, talking, socializing ... being at home .. is what the weekends on b cup are like.

And yes if you are wondering what sizes do the drinks come in - yes its the A cup and the larger B cup! I gotta go now. its 9 pm and some one quite interesting has just stepped in ... tall, slender, beautiful eyes and is heading to the back couch...

2 comments:

Jv said...

S, this is a truly addictive site, and i'm always looking for more of your adventures around the city. They keep the spirit of nyc alive in me while i am abroad...

Global Wanderer said...

thanks, jazz. how are you doing in luxemburg