- Six words or less: Local Roaster, Community Spot, Laptop Friendly
- Location: 129th Street & Between Fifth Ave & Lenox Ave
- Hours: Every Weekday 7am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-7pm
- Open Since: December 2012
- Roaster: Owner roaster operating out of Co-op in Red Hook, Pulley Collective
- Amenities: Wifi, Bathroom, A few outlets, Seating for 20
- Must try: Cold Brew on Tap or the House Locally Roasted Drip
As a long-time resident (since 2005) of Harlem, I was overjoyed when Lenox Coffee opened in late 2012 just four blocks up from the major hub at 125 and Lenox (where the 2/3 train stops). The setting–exposed brick, Edison bulbs, natural wood grain, tiny modern planters, mint green cups– and the coffee–Stumptown‘s own Hair Bender– were just want a bookish, urban coffee lover like me wanted. Add a side of pastries, small sandwiches and some beer and white to take us into the twilight hours and I had all I needed in a neighborhood shop.
Lenox Coffee remains a favorite even as it evolves. The shop owner, Jeff Green, has begun roasting his own beans at the Pulley Collective, a shared roasting space in Red Hook. The single origin Columbian drip that I tried in March was a nice balanced darker roast with a long finish edged in a note of raspberry.