New York City’s new-wave coffee shops may share an affinity for in-house roasting and high-end baked goods, but few expand much beyond the traditional cafe offerings or daytime hours. An exception to that rule is the East Village’s Box Kite (115 St Marks Place, 212-574-8201), a shop that’s open late and serving much more than pastries and drip. Zachary Feldman heads there for this week’s review: “Cora Lambert and Erik Becker launched this aromatic venture as a pop-up inside the Tribeca wine bar Maslow 6 last August, then ditched the kiosk for an East Village demitasse space that seats 10 and dispenses caffeine late into the night,” he writes. “While that’s great news for sleep-averse Fair Trade fetishists, after 6 p.m. Box Kite becomes a relentlessly gratifying progressive restaurant that operates in tandem with the retail coffee enterprise. Dinner is served à la carte, or as a twice-nightly, 10-course tasting ($85).”
Have a look at this eye candy from Bradley Hawks, then read Feldman’s full review to get the full picture.