Culture Espresso Rocks Cold Brew Iced Coffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Zach originally wrote up Culture Espresso Bar back in ’09 and while I had it on my general radar, it took last week’s midtown cold brew snub (or brew-ha-ha, if you will) to inspire me to head south to check them out.
Not much has changed since Zach’s initial visit. They still brew Intelligentsia and they still serve fancy coffee shop sandwiches made on bread from Sullivan St. Bakery.
I tried the tuna sandwich ($7.50) topped with tomato, house pickles, radishes, and mixed greens. Kind of pricey for a sandwich, but the tuna wasn’t too heavy on the mayo and the sandwich was pretty well stuffed with goodies though mine was missing the housemade pickles (sniffle).
The real star of my visit, and the subsequent visits since, was the cold brew iced coffee ($2.95). I love coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee aficionado. That said, this iced coffee was strong and super smooth.
I understand that they make two batches a day and according to the gentleman that I spoke with, if you get there at around noon or 3:00pm you should be able to score one that’s still hot from the oven. That alone is worth a repeat visit.
Culture Espresso Bar, 72 West 38th Street (btw. 5+6th) 212-302-0200