Venturing to Hell’s Kitchen today, I decided to crawl to a local coffee shop called The Coffee Pot. Located in the Theater District at 350 West 49th Street (at 9th Avenue), this shop is perfect for that early morning commute to the office, midday snack break, or even for that pre-theater pick-me-up.
Upon walking into The Coffee Pot, one thing becomes quickly evident: this place promotes a relaxed and chill-as-long-as-you-want vibe. With about 6 square tables with 4 chairs each and a bar area with stools against the window, this shop is easily a favorite among students. Even when I was there at 10AM this morning there were 4 people doing homework. Good job kids! In the back of the shop is what I loved the most. A very comfy and cozy living room set up complete with couch, love seat, coffee table and rug all centered around a large HD TV. I enjoy that this coffee shop not only caters to the students that live throughout the immediate area, but also to those patrons who want to come in to take a rest and be completely at home while doing so. The music playing in the background was the NY-NJ station KTU. Being more of a dance music station it could easily have been a nuisance, but the volume was so low that you could barely make out the songs (unless you were behind me in line then you heard me singing like I was at karaoke).
While I did not have anything to eat during this crawl, I do have to say that everything looked delicious. Every one of their baked goods were bought from an outside vendor and resold in the store. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as scrumptious as fresh baked goods, I just prefer a coffee shop to prepare their own sweets and treats if they have the capability to do so. There’s just something about the smell of a freshly baked cinnamon roll that makes you salivate as you sip your coffee. And about the coffee, I ordered a small iced coffee with soy milk, totaling $2.50. The price wasn’t bad at all nor was the taste. Pre-ground and a little weak and watered down, my iced beverage was still tasty as the bean had a slight sweet hint to it.
My recommendations for The Coffee Pot are these:
- Try to bake something in-house. Even if it’s cookies, freshly prepared foods always sell better.
- If at all possible, purchase a grinder and grind your own beans in-house as well. The taste will be phenomenally better.
- Get a website. I know this sounds a little punchy, but we as consumers love to visit a store’s website, read its history and get to know it a little better. This can only help in the long run.