Cafe Review: Gasoline Alley Coffee

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Joyride has found good coffee in a beautiful space.

Gasoline Alley Coffee (331 Lafayette St  New York, NY 10012) is a serious cafe, serving Intelligentsia beans on a La Marzocco.  On my visit, Daniel, one of the old Joyride Truck baristas was showing his skills at latte art.  I got a chance to discuss beans, cafes and coffee culture in New York with the owner (a serious biking fiend).  The space itself is consists of a slice of the building, with massive windows facing onto Lafayette as well as Mulberry.  In the spring and summer, both sides are opened up and the space gets an invigorating cross breeze.  Other than well pulled shots (and those are hard enough to find) they also prepare a Japanese style cold-coffee as well as selling Mast Bros. chocolate.  If I were in the area for a meeting, this would be my first choice for an espresso and even if I weren't it is worth a trip to see the clean, but elegant design work that went into the space.

 

Gasoline Alley Coffee

Gasoline Alley Coffee

Gasoline Alley Coffee
Daniel, used to be a Joyride Barista back when we still had the truck.
Gasoline Alley Coffee
The Gasoline Alley La Marzocco

In Short:  Clean, minimalist space with a clean, minimalist menu.  Both are very well executed.