If you're a fan of the java at Plowshares Coffee but can never find a seat in its tiny original shop on Broadway near 105th Street, you're in luck: the boutique roaster just opened a massive second location in Harlem.
The 3,500-square-foot space–complete with a roasting facility behind a glass wall in the back–is located at 1351 Amsterdam Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets, with a prime view of the new buildings spouting up in the Manhattanville Factory District.
Other neighbors who have recently moved to the area include Gavin Brown's four-year-old Harlem gallery as well as the Studio Museum, which is there temporarily as it builds its new space on 125th Street.
Hours are 8am to 2pm for the first two weeks while the crew works out all the kinks. Still, the coffee's already flowing–the beans are its own after all. Look for pastries from New York bakeries such as Ovenly, Balthazar and Underwest Donuts.
Jungle-like plants from Metta.Roots fill up the industrial space and are also for sale, so plan on getting your caffeine and plant fix at the same time.