For my final review, I went to a place that I have passed several times during my visits to the Lower East Side, Coffee Shop. That's right, Coffee Shop. As in, What kind of place has the audacity to call itself Coffee Shop?
Located at 14th and 1rst Avenue, Coffee Shop is a little hole-in-the-wall between other small businesses. It's a diner with good prices and oatmeal. However, the customer service is not very strong. As I walk in, I do that dance where you try to make eye contact with an employee while pacing about. I am finally seated towards the back of the restaurant. Since it's so early in the morning, I let the waitress know that I'm in desperate need of coffee.
The diner is definitely a local spot. Families and friends are catch up all around me. The blonde 20-something behind me rants about the sacrifices that bar-tending takes, and how she's eaten everything in her apartment. In the meantime, her very patient friend smiles, barely squeezing a word in.
I smile too, because it's been a good year and it's always easy to smile with a cup of coffee in hand.
Coffee: 8/10, Good
Location: Lower East Side (14th and 1rst)
Atmosphere: The classic diner
Cost: Under $1.10