THE SEARCH FOR COFFEE IN NEW YORK.
Being in New York, coffee might be something you want to find. You can always find it when you are walking around. It is everywhere. You can find it almost on every corner, or at least heading to the corner.
There is Dunkin’, Starbucks, Panera, or even a burger place. It is all over the city. And, when you are a person who likes a good cup of coffee you will search far and wide to get a good cup. You don’t want just a cup of coffee.
You want a cup that is rich and fresh and has the taste of a real cup that is being made and not out of a regular machine that might make 30 to 50 cups (and they do exist) that can put one in a paper cup and hand it to you for a few bucks. You want something to taste and go back to when you need it.
Thus, it was surprising to learn about a new place that is literally in the New York Subway system underground. It is a place you can pick up a cup as you are heading off the subway and into the city itself. This is DOWN UNDER COFFEE.
Located at 1000 S 8th Ave in New York City, it is literally in the new market center that is on 8th Avenue and 57th Street as it goes under and into the New York Subway system. The location has always been there, but now it is different. It is a market to pass as you get on the train.
GRAB A CUP at Down Under Coffee NYC
Grabbing a cup in New York is normal. But finding a new cup is tough. This was a time to give the place a try.
The coffee is freshly made. It is made from coffee nuts that were brought from Australia. It has a mild taste that is not rich or strong. Their method is light. It is easy to drink plain, or with a touch of cream. It is really your choice.
The first thing to do is to step inside the small shop and look at the menu. There is a variety of coffee to choose from. Yes, you can get a regular cup, but you can also try an espresso, a cappuccino, a latte, and even an Americano. There is a variety to choose from. Maybe it’s an iced coffee. Or maybe it is from a special brew. It is your place to decide when you are there.
I prefer a regular cup this time. I am a serious coffee drinker. I can have a triple espresso in the morning with no problem. When I spent a few weeks in Europe last year that was typical. A triple in the morning and maybe a double after dinner.
The fresher the better. That is how they make it overseas, or in a serious coffee cafe. But this time, a regular coffee was ideal as I was heading out to a meeting.
I ordered my cup and got my order. That was it. Nothing special as it came from the machine pot. I did not see how they made it. I did not see it created the way I would request. It was a cup of coffee from the machine and that was it.
My cup of Down Under Coffee. Photo by Ron Rossi
I did see them make a cappuccino. That was a traditional cup of coffee that was topped with creamy milk that keeps a swirl in it to make it look nice.
Everything is placed in a paper cup. There is no real coffee cup that can be used if you could sit down. In this instance, you are expected to take the cup and head outside. At least you can cross the street and sit in Central Park.
A BITE TO EAT
Besides the coffee, you can get a pastry or a donut. It is something to try as you drink your cup. The pastries look fresh. They are made here. There is a good assortment that you can try. It is sweet and tasty. You can have one or more. Your choice on what you might want. Even the donuts look fine.
A Bite to eat. Photo by Ron Rossi
I grabbed a plain donut with the coffee. I saw other customers pick various pastries to go with their variety of coffees to select from. Interestingly no one picked a plain cup of coffee. Must have been the afternoon time when you need something sweet to continue going on before dinner.
I did notice there are also some sandwiches to select from. These are already made and available. This is not a deli found in New York. This has a selection to choose from. It all looks good and freshly made earlier in the day. It is perfect if you need to grab something as you move along.
AN ORDER FOR THINGS TO COME
You can order your coffee, or pastries before you even get there. With the way we can go into a location today, you can order your items before you even step inside.
Naturally, ordering by an “app” is something many small shops and stores consider you to do. It does make it simple and easy. This way you can order, pay and have it waiting for you as you step inside and before you go. It is there. Just put it on your phone and you are done.
One thing with Down Under Coffee is that for the first 14 days you can have your app on the phone for free. After that, you are charged to use it. It is like most places. You can order while you stand online and then receive it when you are next. Very direct.
Overall, Down Under Coffee is fast. It does not take a long time. The prices are just like any other coffee place you would go to. It is fast. It is easy. It is cheap. It seems a bit more pricey than from a burger place, but when compared to the competition it is the same. Down Under Coffee does seem to charge extra for a few items such as whip cream or anything else you take on your beverage. Everything has a price. The more you order, the more you pay.
TAKE A SIP, THEN GO
If you need to grab a cup and you are running through the subway in New York, then Down Under Coffee is worth the stop. It is the place for a break and something to grab. That is what you might need as you head in another direction, meeting, or place.
It is in the Turnstyle Underground Market, a part of the subway system. It is here with anything you can imagine. And in New York, that seems to be anywhere you go. From Bryant Park, where they have booths, to the markets in Union Square. The city offers anything you want no matter where you go or what time it is.
For Down Under Coffee they make a good cup. It is nothing out of the ordinary. Not like other places might try to make. But then I drink a lot of coffee. I like it freshly made not only in New York, but in other places I visit in the U.S. and overseas. When you have done that you have tried a great variety to enjoy and experience. Here, at Down Under Coffee, it is a cup of coffee to go even if it keeps you underground.
Maybe you would need another cup.
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Where is Down Under Coffee?
1000 S 8th Ave New York, NY 10019
NOTE: This is in the Market that is underground as you head into the New York Subway system. It is just off the center of Columbus Circle and opposite Central Park. There are other vendors near it.
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“The Jaded Traveler”. Ron Rossi was born and raised in New York. A globalist at heart, Ron is a marketing director by trade, and has lived and worked around the world including Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. Food is one of the best ways to learn about a country, a people and a culture. So, Ron is always looking for the best in mid-range to budget and street food. He is always on the hunt for a good meal anyone can afford. It is the food of the average citizen that excites him. And with having visited close to 100 countries on 6 continents so far, there have been some pretty good meals.