Midtown coffee digs
February 20, 2019 12:37 PM   Subscribe

A friend and I are planning on meeting at the Morgan Library & Museum in Midtown Manhattan (on Madison between 36th and 37th) on Saturday morning and would like to grab a casual breakfast at a coffee shop or bakery beforehand around 9 am. Where in the area has delicious pastries and/or breakfast sandwiches and lots of comfortable seating?

I know it's Midtown so it's like chockablock full of coffee shops, but by the same token it's hard to tell which ones are tiny grab-and-go places and which ones have more seating. I am not too fussed about the coffee or tea, as long as the food and seating offerings are good. (And for this we're looking for counter-order places, not a sit-down joint.) Thanks!
posted by andrewesque to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Chocolat Michel Cluizel is on Madison Ave. It has baked goods and coffee.
posted by praemunire at 12:53 PM on February 20, 2019

Culture Espresso Is a few blocks away on W 38th St—about ten minutes by foot. They have delicious pastry, good coffee, and a few tables as well as stools and a communal table.
I only visit the shop infrequently, and rarely on weekends. I always enjoy the atmosphere and the coffee. Google Maps says the shop is “usually not that busy” before ten o’clock on a Saturday.
posted by lasagnaboy at 1:20 PM on February 20, 2019

Best answer: Maison Kayser has a couple of locations near the Morgan Library. The one on Bryant Park is the one I’ve been to the most and there’s always plenty of seating. They have a sit-down service area and I’ve gone there just for pastries and coffee, but there is also a space “next door” (It’s one big connected space, really, but the layout is a bit confusing.) with a couple of tables if you prefer to just order something from the counter and sit for a bit.

Paris Baguette is not so busy at 9 am on Saturdays. It’s in Koreatown, though, and I don’t know if you want to walk that far. It’s a Korean chain and you find interesting pastries (I like the red bean mochi doughnuts! And the curry buns.) along with the more common /usual sandwiches and French-inspired pastries.
posted by theappleonatree at 4:08 PM on February 20, 2019

Caffe Marchio on 30th just east of Madison has great pastries, and you can sit there or in the hotel it's housed in.
posted by ferret branca at 5:53 AM on February 21, 2019

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