Monday, April 18, 2016

M Is for Midtown

Friday was a day for running around. I went from home in the Upper West Side to Queens. I came back via Midtown East -- a stop to get my glasses fixed in Grand Central Station, and then I walked to Gregory's in Midtown West. I climbed a lot of subway stairs, had lunch with friends,
got my glasses fixed and had two coffee samplings in one day. Yes, I was tired when I got home.     

This is where I crossed from the East Side of Manhattan to the West Side. Fifth Avenue is the dividing line.

I passed this park on West 45th Street as I walked across town. I made a left turn on Sixth Avenue -- officially renamed Avenue of the Americas -- another left turn on West 44th Street and arrived at this branch of Gregory's. I am sure that there was a closer branch to Grand Central, but this one was (sort of ) on my way home.



 
In my attempt to sample all of the noteworthy coffee places in New York -- an impossible task in a month -- I've been doing a lot of research. One name that I see consistently is Gregory's. My order was an iced coffee -- I'd sampled hot coffee for "Q" in the morning -- and it was very good. It wasn't an "A" -- they are few -- but somewhere between a B+ and an A-. My grading system is starting to flag. I've had so much really good coffee and I'm finding it difficult to compare them. This isn't like my college experience. There is no Bell Curve. My goal is to discover places to drink great coffee. It's almost always positive in Buttercupland.     
 
The coffee I ordered wasn't made with these beans from the Cuzco area. The description sounds fabulous and I'd like to try Peruvian coffee. I need a return visit for this sampling.

The view from my seat at Gregory's on to West 44th Street. 
 
 
I'm off to sample "N." It's a beautiful day in New York City and I'm taking a trip to the New York Stock Exchange area for some coffee, shopping and picture taking.
 
So much coffee and so little time! As ever, thanks for visiting. 

15 comments:

Janet Miles said...

I am really enjoying your coffee posts and, almost even more, your pictures of New York. I've never been and you are really bringing some places up close and personal! Thanks for giving a California girl a taste of the Big Apple!

Theresa said...

Looks like a great way to spend the day! Walking is good for what ails ya, add coffee=perfect! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

TARYTERRE said...

Great exercise walking to find the perfect cup of coffee. The coffee from Peru sounds interesting. Worth another trip for sure.

Nellie said...

What a wonderful challenge - finding good coffee as you walk across NYC!

Angie said...

Such a fun challenge!

Barb said...

I'm loving your coffee posts. I like a BOLD blend, which I can usually get at coffee shops (but not always in restaurants). It's fun to see the streets in the "big city!" I was told that a shot of expresso has less coffee than a regular cup - could that be true?

goodnightgram said...

Congrats! You're halfway theough the challenge. I am just loving my daily cuppa while I read your posts.

shortybear said...

awesome

Denise said...

Now I need to make myself a cup of decaf.

JEN Garrett said...

Never been to New York, but when I do, Midtown will be a must! :)

Melinda said...

I think all this coffee would wind me up to the point of not coming back to Earth.

Have more fun.

M : )

Anne Payne said...

Fascinating, Carol! I would never have thought about sampling coffees in different coffee shops for blogging. I'm enjoying this! We have a cupcake shop in our area that brews the best coffee in town! It's organic and is always perfect. Thanks for the neat tour. Have a great day!

Vanilla Bean said...

Sounds like a lovely, busy day! I'd say I was jealous of your excellent coffee tastings today, but a friend made me a wonderful Americano this morning on the fancy coffee machine in their student house so.. that would just be greedy of me :) Love all the street pics and feel of the bustling city.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You certainly have put in a lot of miles in this A to Z adventure. You should have no need to go to the gym as you have a workout every day on your coffee place your.

Ida said...

What a great walk you had. It's so interesting to see sights like New York (because I'll probably never visit) except through blogs like yours.