Java Girl in the East 60s


Having lived in the Seattle area for more than 15 years, I naturally have a love for all things Starbucks (iced venti triple shot sugar-free vanilla soy latte, please!). But there’s no point living in NYC if you don’t stop in and visit some of the local, NON-chain, “mom and pop” type places. My favorite neighborhood coffee shop is Java Girl, located on East 66th street between 1st and 2nd. It’s just across the street from my place and a block from the laundromat, so I like to take a break once in awhile when I’m waiting for my laundry to finish.

Java Girl is a place that is very… “quintessentially New York”. It’s small, cozy, friendly, and they have a great tea and coffee selection. For coffee connoisseurs, they import beans from around the world to create their own blends, and their tea is awesome – second only to the Earl Grey I used to buy from Harrods. When I’m inside relaxing with my iced soy chai, sitting on the wooden bench decorated with mismatched cushions, part of me is expecting Tom Hanks to walk through the door and talk about someone he has been chatting with on AOL – it feels that much like a scene from “You’ve Got Mail”. Tip: They do have a credit card minimum. So unless you’re ordering for two, bring cash.