Café Watch | SEVEN GRAMS CAFFÉ
Clean, cute and well-planned: Seven Grams in a pinch. With a decent amount of sitting space and a bakery display filled with fresh goodies made in-house, this wonderful café certainly makes a good case for not making my own coffee at home.
I arrived not long after 7:00 a.m. and had the place to myself. A large number of patrons filtered in and out at a steady pace starting around 8:30 a.m., with seats filling up and clearing out at various intervals.
The 'bakes' were all served on darling plates with beautiful black and white patterning, while the cold drinks were poured into plastic cups with a bold 7g logo, all melding into a smooth monochrome aesthetic.
[termed 'The Bakes' on their site, which I really like]
Olive Oil Cake ✰✰✰✰✰ [made with extra virgin olive oil] : Not-too heavy, perfectly moist, and (if my memory serves correctly) with a slight lemony twist, the cake is my favorite Seven Grams bake that I've had so far.
Brownie Bite ✰✰✰: The BB tasted good and looked cute. In some ways it felt a bit like homemade boxed brownie - which is always delicious, but I likely wouldn't order it again unless I was in need of a chocolate fix (which happens pretty often actually...)
Blueberry Financier ✰✰✰.5: Also super cute, but also nothing really there to set it apart. The financiers and brownies would work well for parties though, and Seven Grams does offer online ordering.
Latte ✰✰✰✰ [w/ extra short of house-made lavender honey]: Definitely quality coffee though missing that extra super-special "muchness" for the fifth star. I very much enjoyed the extra lavender honey (which was really rather pricey at something like $1 a shot), but sadly any hint of the floral bee-derived notes disappeared as soon as I gave the milk + espresso a thorough mixing.
Overall? ✰✰✰✰.5 and would certainly return
To Try Next? Chai latte + banana bread
Good Study/Work Space? Yes but not during peak hours
Wi-Fi? Yes but didn't work super well for me
Bathroom? Nope! (Be careful w/ that coffee!)
Loyalty Card? Free drink after 10 stamps
275 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (b/t W 25th + 26th St)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm. Sat-Sun 8am-7pm