(Ph. © Sean Santiago / Lonny)For me, the weekends are the perfect time to indulge. A five dollar pumpkin latte? Ok. Window shopping for hours? Yes, please. My new favorite spot to live it up come Saturday morning? Toby's Estate Coffee's brand-spanking new Flatiron café—perfectly situated within easy walking distance of the Union Square Greenmarket (and steps away from Madewell, Kate Spade and Zara, natch.) While Toby's doesn't sell five dollar pumpkin lattes, they do have a delectable range of roasted-in-Brooklyn coffees that are sure to appease even the most Portlandia-esque of your drip brew-centric friends. I had the pleasure of sampling their new Flatiron blend espresso while chatting design with Toby's co-owner Adam Boyd.
The interior is, fittingly, a bit more grand than the café's Williamsburg, Brooklyn location, despite a whirlwind four-week build out time. It occupies the former lobby of a hotel, a history evidenced by hexagonal-tiled floors with an inlaid Greek key border and a welcoming facade of floor-to-ceiling windows. There's an abundance of beveled subway tile, not to mention marble countertops, crown moulding and a pressed tin ceiling. Many of the furnishings are custom-made, including the walnut-paneled La Marzocco espresso machine and pendant fixtures housing brilliantly exposed bulbs. The space connects to an outlet of the Strand bookstore, through which coffee-drinkers and novel aficionados can wander into the newly opened Club Monaco flagship store. The entire space was conceived and designed in collaboration with Club Monaco SVP, James Mills, with input from the Toby's crew where materials and layout were concerned.
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