From the main entrance you may think this is a tiny coffee shop. Don’t be fooled, Irving Farm Upper West Side has another room at the back of the store, after the compact work station and bathroom. This location is the largest among four of Irving Farm’s NYC locations.
Décor and ambience
A few steps from the sidewalk will lead you to a few outdoor seats. Inside, you can choose to sit by a large rectangular table or by the small tables.
Two baristas were at work using the shiny La Marzocco MP espresso machine and another was pouring hot water making the Japanese-style Pour over coffee. A little inside by the wooden wall was a lady ready to take orders. The friendly barista showed us how he makes pour over coffee.
The back room was bright with a beautiful black and white painting on one wall, skylight for natural light and calming wall lights. It is a great place for short conversation and reading. It is not a place for someone who is looking for a place to work online because there is no WiFi!
Coffee: Type, price and taste
Irving Farm serves cartado, marchiatto, espresso, cappuccino, latte and Pour over coffees. The espresso came in a beautiful white cup and black saucer. The best thing about the espresso was the complimentary sparkling water in a tiny mason jar.
We have had espresso in South America that came with sparkling water and this added touch by Irving Farm was a best surprise.
Their iced coffee is also served in Mason jars. Irving Farm serves sandwiches, bagels and salads for lunch. They have a selection of dessert for coffee too.
These were our espresso ($3) and key lime caramel ($1.25). The espresso is not overly sour like some we have tasted. The sweetness of key lime caramel with the slightly bitter taste of espresso were just perfect.
How to get there
Train 1 to 79 Street station.
Nearest tourist/fascinating attractions
The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park West.
Ambience, concept décor 4/5
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