[New York City] Happy Bones is that one café that I’ve been wanting to visit the most, out of all the cafes I planned for my NYC trip.

That was how it became my first coffee stop in Manhattan.

Founded by a New Zealander and an artist, the café is mainly inspired by New Zealand coffee culture.

Its location in Little Italy is prime for shopping and café hopping – you can spend an entire day in the vicinity.

Popular cafes and dessert shops (Cha Cha Matcha, Milk and Cream) can be found within walkable distances from one another and just right next to Little Italy is the fancy shopping district of Soho.

The space, though tiny with just three marble tables available for seating, is bright and airy thanks to the exposed white brick walls, semi-industrial concept and minimal décor.

We were lucky enough to grab an empty table (my New Yorker friend said she finds it hard to find one here).

We ordered a Latte (USD4.5, SGD6) and Cappuccino (USD4, SGD5.50), and had some pastries to go with our coffee. Taste-wise, the coffee here was just right for me – medium-bodied and not too acidic.

The coffee here is made with beans from Counter Culture – you can also purchase the beans here, along with some merchandise on sale. I couldn’t resist and ended up buying their signature tortoise shell spoon as a memento.

Turns out that the pastries here are from Ovenly, a bakery-café in Brooklyn. Out of the two baked goods we got, we preferred the Almond Croissant (USD4, SGD5.50) for its uncloying sweetness and slight crisp.

The Banana Bread (USD3.50, SGD4.70) was on the dry side.

As what the founders wished for, I felt at peace, happy, right to my bones as I sipped my coffee while people-watching.

Happy Bones
394 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013, USA (Spring St Subway Station Lines 4, 6)
Tel: +1 212 673 3754
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Google Maps – Happy Bones

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* Written by Crystal Wee, a “Cafe Pornographer”. More of her cafe gallery on Instagram @Crystal_wee. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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