Sure, half the stuff here looks like something you're supposed to cook meth in. Take the industrial-size, beaker-shaped Chemex brewer—we might be more than a little suspicious if we saw this on someone's kitchen counter. For more than 20 years, this place has been known to Upper East Side residents for serving a cup of joe that's surely more caffeinated than usual (we've heard more than one story involving the temporary onset of eye twitch). But Oren's Daily Roast is also a pretty comprehensive source for all manner of brewing equipment. So maybe you're not in the market for a Virtuoso 586 Conical Burr Grinder tagged at $229. But more reasonable items like the O-Cup Brewing Set and mini-milk-frothers can help boost home brews up to something like café quality. Java aficionados should be pleased with the wide selection of high-quality roasters, grinders, tumblers, and French presses that line the walls. The exceptionally friendly staff will usually demonstrate how something works if the place isn't too packed. And its collection of quirky novelty mugs has proved a valuable bailout for difficult gifting. 1144 Lexington Avenue, 212-472-6830, (10075)

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830 3rd Ave.
New York NY 10022-7523


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