My daughter and I are big fans of Bluestone Coffee, known for their recognizable blue to-go cups that you see on the streets whenever you are within several blocks of one of their outposts. However it was only recently that we discovered their cafe on New York’s Upper East Side. It’s located across Fifth Avenue at the entrance to the reservoir at Central Park and also adjacent to the newly opened Cooper Hewitt Museum at 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. It is the most beautiful place I can think of to enjoy a cup of coffee. The cafe is within the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Seriously, it’s almost a religious experience just to sit and enjoy your coffee within the walls of this lovely cafe. It was freezing the day we went, but they have lots of outdoor seating for warmer days. You will almost want to enjoy one cup within the cafe to take in all the loveliness of the space and then maybe a cup or two outdoors where you can watch the cars and people go by on Fifth Avenue.
They have a large communal table in the middle and alcoves with cozy booths on one side and a bar with stools on the other side. And as you can see above, lots of outlets to charge up. Service was friendly if not impeccable.
I love cafes that have menus with things like toast. Who doesn’t love a nutty bread with a smear of butter, ricotta and little honey? We actually split an order with our chai and cappuccino. Next time you want to escape the city for an amazing cup of coffee and bite to eat, try Bluestone Lane’s upper East Side Cafe.