Ground Central Coffee

Discovered a nice coffee shop in midtown east where one can meet friends for coffee, just chill and unwind, or set up a mobile office (free wifi) and work on a blog ;). 

The space: very spacious for a coffee joints. It's designed as a place for lingering rather than coffee on-the-go. The front of the cafe opens up to the street. The cafe is divided into several seating areas: A large communal table toward the front of the cafe, smaller bar tables along the length of the cafe, and a cozy library in the back.   

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Cozy "Library" at the back of the cafe 

Cozy "Library" at the back of the cafe 

Aside from coffee and pastries, the place also sells sandwiches and salads.  Wine and beer are available too!  My only complaint is that the food quality leaves much to be desired.  If they can make some improvements on the food front, I can definitely see myself camping out here on a regular basis.  

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Ground Central 
155 East 52nd Street (Between 3rd. & Lexington Ave.)
http://www.ground-central.com

Little Collins

A little wave of Australian cafe culture is invading Manhattan. Little Collins, the namesake of a street in Melbourne, Australia, definitely gives off that carefree Aussie cafe vibe.  

The cafe boasts the first Modbar espresso machine in the city. I don't know much about espresso machines, but these steamlined chrome modules set on top of the white counter do look gorgeous!

Modbar Espresso machine

Modbar Espresso machine

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Aside from the typical coffee offerings, the cafe also offers toasts and sandwiches, including Australian classics, avocado smash and Vegemite on toast.

The avocado smash was delicious!  Extra points for piling on a generous portion of the avocado spread….unlike Bluestone Lane Coffee, another Aussie cafe a few blocks south of Little Collins, which doles out pathetic portions of the spread. 

My Brekkie: The smash with Cappuccino 

My Brekkie: The smash with Cappuccino 

Verdict: AA.  This is a great place to grab a good cup of coffee and a quick brekkie before heading off to work. A very welcomed addition to Midtown. Highly recommend! 

Little Collins
667 Lexington Avenue (Between 55th & 56th St)
http://www.littlecollinsnyc.com