DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Brazilia Café Opens in the Village

With the opening of Brazilia Café , grab-and-go dining just got classy.

Brazilia Café aims to be a unique beast, a combination café, juice bar, and to-go food spot where everything is made impeccably with seasonal ingredients and top-notch java. While this kind of spot is common for businessmen lunches, it’s usually typified by burnt coffee and old, boring, overpriced food. Brazilia will turn that on its head, with its emphasis on excellence in each of its many arenas.

EARGASMIC
Curtis Peoples Releases New Music Video For His Single, 'Afraid.'

Pop singer/songwriter, Curtis Peoples, releases his new music video today for his single, 'Afraid.' Best known for his special blend of coffee shop quality music mixed with arena rock qualities, Curtis delivers to a wide spectrum of fans who enjoys both pop and rock music, alike.

His single, 'Afraid' is part of his complete album, The Fight, which was released this past year under the production of Steven Miller. After traveling between LA, NY and Nashville in the past 18 months, Curtis prepared for this second album by working with many notable writers during this process including Nathan Chapman who's also worked with Taylor Swift.

RESTAURANT 101
Coffee Shop


Don’t be fooled by its name, this place is not your average corner coffee joint. Smack in the middle of the bustling Union Square, Coffee Shop has a steady stream of patrons trickling in all day and well into the evening. The hoards of people are a testament to Coffee Shop’s popularity, which is mostly due to their great food, low prices, and hip bar scene.

The noise level is inexplicably high, so if you’re looking for a quiet night out we don’t recommend it. But, if you can handle it, we suggest you order the Greek Salad. Fresh lettuce, feta cheese, ripe tomatoes, and cucumbers are dressed in a light summer dressing. Around the outside are four balls of lightly fried falafel that have a great flavor. We also recommend trying out one of their Deluxe Burgers. We tried the Char Grilled Turkey Burger on a Toasted Potato Bun with a little added avocado to complement the juicy burger. There are tons of toppings and options to choose from, including 4 types of cheese, bacon, avocado, or fried onions.

CHEAP EATS
Ground Support: More Than Just Coffee

If you’re out in SoHo and don’t know where to go for a cheap sandwich or beer, check out Ground Support near the corner of West Broadway and Spring Street.

Open weekdays from 7am-8pm and weekends 8am-8pm, this cute coffeeshop is way more than just a coffeeshop. In addition to their expertly crafted coffee drinks, their knowledgeable staff also serves up six different gourmet sandwiches and an Italian inspired arugula salad.

Happy hour is from 4-7pm and features $3 beers and $4 glasses of wine. And for a really good deal, after 5pm all sandwiches are half off! So for less than $8 you can have a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of wine.

ASCAP
Copyright Suits Target Small Businesses

Have you ever walked into your local coffee shop and wondered if they would ever play anything except that same loop CD of unsigned local bands that just make a tough morning that much harder to deal with? Have you ever wished that your favorite restaurant would play something other than easy-listening drone-tones since it turns into a Top 40 nightclub after 10PM? Have you ever found yourself sitting at the edge of the nearest local watering-hole, crying into a mug of cheep beer, wishing to God that you could hear Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to chase away the pain of a life that’s apparently going nowhere?

ACE HOTEL
Stumptown Coffee

After reading this article about Stumptown Coffee Roasters in yesterdays NY Times, I had to try it out. So, on my way to work this morning, I stopped in for a cup. The atmosphere was quiet and clean, with a combined feel of an apothecary shop circa 1910 and a minimalist apartment circa 2000. The look of the baristas was also perfect; with vests and fedoras being sported all around, they resembled saloon keeps from somewhere in Nevada at the turn of the 20th century. All this was combined with an incredibly sleek and modern coffee bar and coffee machines. As you can probably tell, I really dug the atmosphere, and therefore really didn’t mind the five minute wait for coffee (the line went out of the shop and into the lobby of the Ace Hotel, in which Stumptown inhabits).

AMERICAN NOUVEAU
Restaurant Review: Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop
Cuisine: American Nouveau, Brazilian
Price Range: Moderate

Union Square
29 Union Square West
(at 16th Street)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 243-7969

The Coffee Shop has become known as one of the best casual spots to eat in Union Square. Its atmosphere makes it a happening place in the neighborhood, resulting in an expected wait during peak hours. With it's curvaceous casino style bar separating the dining room into two parts, plus the outdoor seating, Coffee Shop has plenty of space for you to indulge in their Brazilian inspired diner delights. Don’t be mistaken by its 50’s style garb, this place has a full bar serving both milk shakes and mojitos.

COFFEE SHOP
Expensive Coffee is Here to Stay

Starbucks lovers beware- a new coffee place is in town (again).

Joe, a trendy coffee and tea brewery, is coming to the Upper West Side. Known for its fresh made-to-brew drinks, the spot will be opening next week at 514 Columbus Avenue between 84th and 85th.

The coffee shop, which already has about 5 other locations in the city, will have drip coffee, loose leaf tea, and also baked goods from the city’s best bakeries such as the Sullivan Street Bakery as well as a few others. The shop will also feature a full line of espresso based drinks like cappuccino, caffe latte, caffe mocha and more. And of course, there will be a place to lounge around to sip on your over priced cup of ‘Joe’.

For more info about the chain of coffee shops, visit www.joetheartofcoffee.com.

BURGLARIES
Restaurant Openings: Ost Cafe

Ost Café in the East Village has officially opened this week. Ost Café is a new Eastern European coffee shop located at the corner of 12th and A Avenue. This café was opened by a husband and wife team consisting of Aaron Hagedorn, a vet of the US Navy, and Katarina, a model from the Slovak Republic. Ost Café is a warm welcoming coffee house and located at 441 E 21st Street. No menu has been released yet. [Eater]