River coyote is my favorite coffee shop at the moment and is a best kept secret of Lower East Side! I hope it stays like this forever.
I almost don't want to tell more people about this gem...but I love it so much and want to give credit where credit is due. From the charming decor of exposed brick, wooden tables and unique light fixtures, to its friendly baristas, broad swath of coffee & tea, Dough donuts and extensive wine, beer and wine/beer cocktail menu, this charming cafe and gathering hall has so much to offer and does it all very well.
Nitro - get the nitro. End of story. It comes in a huge chilled beer mug and I was buzzing with caffeine 3/4 of the way through.
Kombucha on tap - today their flavor on tap was strawberry sage. Barista was kind enough to give me a taste and it was oh so good! If I weren't already getting the nitro, I would've gotten a full glass of this.
They also have matcha, herbal and green tea on the menu.
Bring friends for drinks - I don't think they have hard liquor but try one of their unique wine or beer cocktails and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. For example, they've got an espresso and black beer cocktail topped with a toasted marshmallow! I'll have to come back and try all their cocktails.
Shh. They even have wifi. Please don't park here and work all day though - I don't want them to feel like they need to put restrictions on it to keep their cafe from becoming a workspace (ahem Spreadhouse Cafe). I love their generosity with the wifi and I love that patrons so far haven't abused it.
Bonus points for the barista with dreads repping a ripped Pokémon shirt and leather vest who was so patient with all my questions. Everything on the menu looked so good!
It might look dark from the outside but it's well lit on the inside. Clean bathrooms. Registers on both sides of the extensive bar area. Many different kinds of seating for whatever shape/size your group is - at the bar, at the high tables, the long wooden table, the group tables in the back, the tufted leather couch in the front. This place is huge for a cafe in NYC, and I can't stop saying how much I love it. It's my new favorite coffee shop in Manhattan.