The 10 Best Cafés in Greenwich Village, Manhattan by The Culture Trip

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By Julia Goicochea Updated: 5 July 2017

Home to Washington Square Park, independent shops, and an array of iconic New York City landmarks, Manhattan’s Greenwich Village boasts a lot to see and do. A remnant of the area’s heyday as a hub for bohemians and beatniks, the West Village also hosts a thriving coffee shop scene. Next time your caffeine-craving kicks in (and you know it will), enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up at one of these 10 local cafés.

Guess who is #2… keep on reading here

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Pops from Goods For The Study – #madeon8thstreet

Can you introduce yourself and your store?

I am Pops and I manage the pen area for Goods For The Study. My thing is basically fountain pens!

What is your passion?

I think is getting to know people. For instance, they are like my family here. I like to take care of them, whether it is bringing treats or hanging out with them after work. We practically live together and interact 24/7, so I think it’s important to maintain this kind of relationship and being there for them.

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What do you like about 8th street?

There is a lot to like about it. I haven’t really had the chance to visit everyone yet, I still make my way around. There is a really cool fashion shop down the street called Shop Untitled; it is all black and white and people are super nice. The store across the street is also pretty cool; Mountain Side craft. I walked in and bought a nice scarf there, the owner is really nice too.

What is your favorite store in the neighborhood if you would recommend something to someone?

You guys for sure, because your store is clean and comfortable. It’s the kind of store that it’s hard to notice but every time customers ask for a coffee shop, I always direct them to you. I also really like Lifethyme, the organic shop on the corner.

What do you like about Ancolie? What is your favorite thing?

Besides from you [Chloe] and the people that work there, the quality of your products. For example, the turmeric latte is my new obsession right now. I also love your cranberry cookie and your soups, especially the split pea mint soup.

How would you reuse your jar?

By filling with another cup of coffee or boiled tea. In the store we also use it as a granola container.

Do you have any recommendation for Ancolie? Things you would like to see on the menu?

I would love to see a sandwich. I think that I came in one day thinking that you guys have it and I realized “oh no there is no sandwich!”. It could be anything and the bread that comes with the soup would be perfect. Something simple, like goat cheese and Spanish ham, that is all you need.

Thank you people from 8th Street for being so supportive! Community is everything! We love our 8th Street!

 

 

deedee from Goods For The Study – #madeon8thstreet

Can you introduce yourself and your store?

My name is deedee degelia,  I am a professional photographer, and I also manage the custom stationary area for Goods for the Study; a cozy shop selling distinctive furniture, fine art prints, desk supplies & more for the home office. It’s a beautiful job!

What do you like about 8th street?

One of the first things I noticed about 8th Street is the quietness. It reminded me of these small little-forgotten streets over the years between 6th and 5th. It was just this obscure street that just stops before going over to the East side or to Saint Mark’s. I found that often customers did know how to describe it because it is just this little block and about now it is coming alive with all of these special stores like Goods For The Study and Ancolie where it used to be shoe stores.

What is your passion?

My passion is art and photography. One of the reasons I like to work with custom stationary because it allows me to be creative, beautiful and visual. My passion is trying to accomplish as much as I can in a day as it relates to creativity. But to be honest, my passion is the art and ritual of brewing and partaking in a nice glass of iced tea. I am from the south so anywhere, even during winter, that I can find a wonderful glass of iced tea, I am going to stick to that place!  

What do you like about Ancolie? What is your favorite thing?

I love the people they are really sweet and fun!, always taking care of us at Goods For The Study. I also like the iced tea because you know exactly how many minutes to brew it. I really like that all your things are healthy and that your soups are vegan. Your store is also very nice and pleasant place to be, really quiet. The feng shui is on target for me and I can feel it when I walk in there. Space is important.

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What is your favorite local store in the area?

I would have to say Storm’s clothing store  (Click here to read Storm’s interview).

Do you have any recommendation for Ancolie? Things you would like to see on the menu?

The tea is perfect, any additions maybe I would say egg white sandwiches!

How would you reuse your jar?

Several ways. I reuse my jars by refilling it with more tea at home. I also add lemon, fresh mint, strawberries and citrus to create fruit water. I’ll use it as a vase and put flowers in it. But something that I really like to do is making my pasta sauce in there. I use olive oil, balsamic, scallions, cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon, Italian spices, various kinds of citrus and a little bit of wine. I shake it very hard to mix it. All done!

Thank you people from 8th Street for being so supportive! Community is everything! We love our 8th Street!

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10 of the Best Healthy Lunch Chains Around the Country

May, 9th 2017
“Never feel guilty if you eat cake, as long as you balance it with something else.” That’s the abiding food philosophy for Ancolie founder Chloe Vichot. The tres French notion of moderation is omnipresent here, from the lentil-and-grain salads perfectly portioned in glass jars to, yes, even the bite-size pieces of chocolate cake.
Thank you Testing Table for including us in the best healthy spots of the US!!! Read and discover awesome places right here.

Richard from Uncle Sam’s – #madeon8thstreet

Can you introduce yourself and your store?

I am Richard Geist from Uncle Sam’s. We areNew York City’s fashion forward Army Surplus Store. We mix art, fashion, with vintage and military surplus and make recycling a lifestyle. We love 8th Street and have been here since 1998. We are world renown for our unique products and super friendly team.

What brought you to 8th street and what do you like about 8th street?

Our first store in New York was in Manhattan Mall but I just knew I had to be in the Village, I knew the roots of music & fashion were here. Bob Dylan wrote most of its song in Washington Park. Jimi Hendrix has a studio next to Ancolie. The Original Whitney is on 8th St. And so much more… the Village is NYC’s history and Greenwich Village is the center, I just had to be there. Uncle Sam’s location used to be The PosterMat- a famous poster and head shop, the owner was retiring and rented his store.

What is your passion?

Life and everything in it. My passion is literally everything.With regards to my business it’s recycling, reusing, repurposing and not wasting. That is my true business passion.

What do you like about Ancolie? What is your favorite thing?

I love how welcoming is it. It feels is like I am coming to my own kitchen and that I am at home. Because of the way you are [Chloé], the way your staff is and because your food feels like mom’s cooking. Also, I just tried your turmeric latte for the first time, I had energy like unbelievable, I am a big coffee drinker but that gave me superpowers. I also love your chocolate love muffins, they rule.

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What is your favorite local store in the area?

Storm’s & her Studion (her interview) has really built an amazing store down the street.She has so much wonder and really brings old school NYC back to the street with a mixture of tomorrow. I was just at the FIT gala last week and I sat near Ralph Lauren and Ana Wintour and they loved my Storm painted jacket. Every store has something different on 8th Street, it’s very very unique and is small business – we are UN’CHAINED’ down here and I love that. YOU CAN’t BRAND ME.

Do you have any recommendation for Ancolie? Things you would like to see on the menu?

I did not know you had soups, so may be better signage! And maybe free salads for cool merchants in the aréa, haha.

How would you reuse your jar?

When I finish my salad, I can return it and get a dollar back, which is pretty cool. But I’ll recycle it to store buttons from different militaries or for coins that I have in my office.

Thank you Richard for the interview ! We love our community of such amazing and inspiring people on 8th Street ❤

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Storm from Storm Ritter Studio – #madeon8thstreet

Can you introduce yourself and your store?

My name is Storm Ritter and my store’s name is Storm Ritter studio. We do unisex clothing; everything is one of a kind, it is either digitally printed, hand painted or screen printed and we also do custom work.

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What brought you to 8th street and what do you like about 8th street?

8th Street has an amazing history, and I was able to work with the NY studio school (my landlord) a great deal to create my own studio.

What is your passion?

I love food. Besides that, my passion is my work. I am definitely a workaholic. My cat, Velvet (make sure you follow her @sutdiocatvelvet), is my last passion for sure. I do a lot for her and she is with us all the time. Basically, I can take her everywhere with me, so it is like the dream job.

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 What do you like about Ancolie? What is your favorite thing?

Everything. First, the jars are fantastic, not only because the salads are great, but also because I can reuse them to make and store my paint. I also like the chocolate chip cookie with the salt on it, and the turmeric lattes, my new favorite!

What is your favorite store in the neighborhood?

That’s tough… I don’t know… mine! Kidding 😉 I would say Eva’s; it is the best, it has been here since forever. The food is delicious, the guy took all the photos inside and there are all like different icons from the village. It’s health food, they have a kind of health center in the back.

Do you have any recommendation for Ancolie? Things you would like to see on the menu?

You would need like a mirror on the wall, or some art, it would add a little color. Maybe, small dessert in jars!

How would you reuse your jars?

Obviously to make paint! I think make up would also be a great way to use it.

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Thank you Storm for the interview ! We love our community of such amazing and inspiring people on 8th Street ❤

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