Saturday, September 25, 2010

CC: Third Rail Coffee

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What's does "CC" mean?
Location visited: Manhattan, NY
Free WiFi ? : no
Rating:
6+ [
see key]




Though Jersey is right next to Manhattan, I hold the opinion that there's no such thing as "popping in." No matter how many different methods I try, it always takes at least a half hour, even when I am right across the river (circumstances never seem to favor my speed). But I guess you can rationalize the time taken for the reward on the other side.

One recent end of a business day, I was driving down the NJ turnpike and hit a massive parking lot of traffic. Not wanting to sit and also having a rare free evening (the wife was to be with friends til late), I decided to park the car and take NJ Transit into Penn Station, grab some dinner and coffee and then head home when traffic had dissipated.

The plan mostly worked. I didn't end up finding as great a dinner as I had hoped but I managed to finally make it to Third Rail Coffee near NYU. In the midst of the evolving NYC coffee scene, Third Rail has won strong accolades for good coffee (NY Times gave some love) and seems to have strong attention to detail. The cafe itself is typical of NYC in that its low on space but every ounce is optimized amidst the exposed brick, wood floors and wall seating.

Third Rail serves up Intelligentisa and Stumptown and per their offerings that day, I got a Black Cat espresso and Stumptown's Costa Rican Don Mayo Reserva via Chemex. The Costa Rican brought earthy notes, hints of wheat, rum, oregano and corn; a smooth cup that proved delicious. The espresso, pulled short with pretty crema, had flickers of lemon, bittersweet chocolate, cloves and raspberry within a nice velvety texture (a good showing of Black Cat). The tea is free leaf.

Especially with the friendly banter from the baristas, Third Rail choo choo-ed sweetly into my heart. If you happen to be in the city, rally to their doorstep.


2 comments:

Natalie Kumaratne said...

I like your style of writing. I also liked how you rate the coffee shops you visit, and this is the first time I am reading your blog so the key to your ratings was extremely helpful. Another coffee blog I follow also rates the coffee houses, except there is no key so I don't know what the numbers really mean! I thought it was cool that you included if the coffee shop has wi-fi or not.

INDIAN by heart n soul said...

hey is this cafe of marathi person wid sirname kubal??? m prathamesh kubal. juz clear my query!!!!