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Coffee For High Society At Culture Espresso Bar

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again- Midtown is a wasteland. Entire theses can be written to describe why it’s a soul-sucking experience to trek along 34th St and 57th St between Lexington Ave and 8th Ave. However, like in most examples of blight, some philanthropic souls see fit to establish order and general pleasantness to give weary travelers a break from the awfulness. And what better way to recharge than with some damn excellent (from Intelligentsia!) coffee at Culture Espresso Bar.

Coffee is a common thing in New York but rarely do you get something that not only wakes you up but tastes good going down. New roasters have been popping up here and there, but they are mostly allocated to the artisanal Brooklyn scene or the chic downtown hotspots. Midtown isn’t very cool, after all, so why try to make something cool there? Well, because people like me and all the other working stiffs really appreciate it.

Culture is small but potent- it’s got two bar tables and a row of booths to accommodate hanging out for post-work conversations. The pastries are delicious, and their sandwiches get the pedigree bonus of Sullivan St. Bakery bread (though they tend to be a bit pricey, but hey, Midtown). But let’s get to talking about what we’re really talking about- java. It’s delicious and strong, with a menu that serves the best basics as well as some quirk like a flat white, which is basically an Australian latte (so therefore able to kick your ass and surf). The spot is worth a stop if you’re ever in the neighborhood and can use that extra buzz to get through the slog.

Culture Espresso Bar
72 West 38th St at 6th Ave [Midtown]

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I've lived in New York all my life, and been a cheap ass for longer.