The crown jewel of the Upper West Side, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters (always a good sign to see roasters in a cafe name) offers a complete package with the best espresso and pastries in a richly-populated coffee landscape. Offering shade, food, natural light, a cozy interior and the deep, proud smell of continually roasting coffee, Irving Farm brightens an already warm, cosmopolitan neighborhood replete with family-owned groceries, bakeries, and bars. Read on for ratings and photos, and then hurry up and take a trip to 79th and Broadway!
- Full-bodied, complex, and fruity espresso flavor without any hint of bitterness at all.
- Overwhelmingly smooth and creamy in texture. The cream enhances the latte without diluting or weakening its flavor.
- Extra points for quite possibly the most beautiful latte art ever. A truly unique cup--Adaora's favorite in the city!
- Note: The chai latte here is also an excellent option if you're ever craving a different kind of caffeine fix. Spicy and delicious!
- Wide selection of both made-in-house and outsourced pastries, from the basics (plain Balthazar croissant) to the delightfully unique (chocolate cream cheese farm muffin).
- Extremely decadent flavors and moist, melt-in-your-mouth textures. Everything tastes like it was made with supremely high-quality ingredients.
- Consistently excellent pastries overall--they never fail to impress. Our favorites: The vanilla cream donut (pictured above) and the chocolate pistachio roll.
- Extensive breakfast and lunch menu featuring local, organic, humanely-raised ingredients.
- Sandwiches are rich and hearty, perhaps even a bit too heavy on the cheese and condiments at times. But the avocado grilled cheese on a croissant makes for a very satisfying meal if you're hungry and in the area.
- There is a cozy front room with an urban-rustic-chic feel, exposed brick walls, and hanging yellow lights, as well as a larger back room with cool wall art and a bright skylight. Also a cute outdoor seating area, well-sheltered from the street.
- Wonderfully aromatic ambiance--you're literally enveloped by the scent of freshly roasted and brewed coffee. The music draws you even further in--think smooth indie, electronic, lounge music, plus plenty of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, and company.
- The chairs aren't the most comfortable and the tables feel a bit cramped if you are trying to spread your books out to study, or eat and read a novel at the same time. Though the communal table mostly solves this problem if you can snag a seat there.
- Beware of long lines and higher noise levels on weekends around lunch time. The place is popular, with good reason!