Coffee destinations in TriBeCa

Finally New York City is taking it’s coffee seriously.

With a hundreds of coffee shops all over the City it should be easy to find a good quality coffee, but unfortunately there are still places that serve a brownish liquid with sour smell that slightly similar to real coffee. The biggest problem is finding good espresso. Here is a few things you should look for in a coffee shop – the first one is coffee bean grinders, good coffee shops have a skyline of grinders, one for espresso, one for decaffeinated espresso and one for brewed coffee. Beans should be grinded to order so they preserve the freshness and your espresso comes out aromatic with a nice dense but thin layer of foam. Milk steamed to order as well for each macchiato or latte. A telltale sign is arsenal of pitchers, instead of one big one and of course good coffee shops use only manual espresso machines run by baristas who have been trained by the leading roasting companies in the intricateness  of the device.

With all this being said, let us introduce you to the coffee destinations in TriBeCa. We will start with the most well-known chain and it’s Starbucks of course. Starbucks is definitely the most conveniently located option (right in the same building, just with a separate entrance) for those who is looking for a morning fuel and doesn’t want to walk any further than to the next door. But the good thing is that TriBeCa has plenty of options for picky coffee lovers and we are happy to share our coffee experience with you, so you know where to get a good cup of Joe.

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The first place on our list is Kaffe 1668, located 3 blocks from the Cosmo on 275 Greenwich Street. This café has everything the hungry and thirsty worker could ask for – WiFi, outlets, nice communal table and industrial yet homey vibe. They offer a decent selection of salads and cold sandwiches as well as pastry for breakfast, we also love the variety of cold pressed healthy juices and the coffee is some of the best in the city. Kaffe 1668 has one of the most varied coffee menus around the city. Drip coffee is brewed to order on a clover machine and around six different single origins are available. They use locally produced, non-homogenized high quality milk. The space is deceptively large, with additional sitting downstairs and cute, furry hand-made sheep, which are not only a part of the interior but you can actually purchase it for $85.00 (not cheap but very original). Overall Kaffe 1668 is a great place with very friendly atmosphere, where you can bring your lap top and work  or just enjoy  a cup of cappuccino or macchiato (which is really good) with a friend.








The second place on the list is Laughing Man, located only couple blocks away from the hotel on 184 Duane Street. The whole concept of the company Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, which is owned by Hugh Jackman and David Stingard is awesome, 100% of its revenue goes to education, community development and new business development. But the concept is not the only great thing about the place. This tiny shop (with a room only for few customers) and no sitting area, unless you count a cramped windowsill (better than nothing) offers a very good coffee. We would recommend to order flat white with perfect consistency of the foam and ratio of milk and espresso, simply perfection in a cup. Shop also offers wide selection of teas and some sweet and sour pastries. Make sure to stop by when  in TriBeCa, skip the chains like Starbucks and support a great establishment that gives back and cares about the livelihood of the people that put hard work so we can appreciate a great cup of coffee.







Another coffee spot in TriBeCa, located only two blocks away from the Cosmo and just one block from City Hall Park on 280 Broadway, is The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. This shop is part of a rapidly expanding chain that has been around for about 50 years.  The space is amazingly large with a bathroom a size of one bedroom NYC apartment, complimentary WiFi and very friendly baristas. They serve decent coffee and have a wide selection of breakfast pastries. What we love about the place is the powders they use for coffee based and caffeine free drinks. Vanilla and chocolate powders have very rich flavor, it’s like drinking a chocolate cake, which makes this place a must go for Hot Chocolate and Macchiato lovers. But what really got our attention is Chai Latte – rich, deep flavor of cinnamon and spices will mingle in your mouth with a splash of milky sweetness, simply a little delicious heaven in a cup. Chai comes sweet but you can tailor it to your taste, just ask barista for a sugar free version. And of course we had to mention a selection of teas, we lost count of all the flavors and kinds of tea they offer, you should check it yourself, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a place where you can always find a table so it makes it a perfect spot for individuals who likes to work on their lap tops in a quite, friendly atmosphere with aromatic cup of coffee.

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And finally our last choice is the best of the best in the coffee shop industry in NYC (the only reason is the last on our list is the location, you would have to walk about 10 min from the hotel, in our opinion it’s totally worth it)  and it’s La Colombe Torrefacation. This amazing coffee shop located in the historic TriBeCa building on 319 Church Street. This was the first New York home for respected Philadelphia roaster La Colombe.

La Colombe Torrefacation takes coffee and everything that related to it very seriously, with hand-made cups, polished wooden interior and twin Faema E61 (one of the best on the market espresso machine) all making an appearance. Espresso is truly amazing here, it has perfect whitish dense but thin foam and the aroma is breathtaking. They use high quality organic milk and pastries are always fresh and delicious. La Colombe is a perfect stylish café where you will enjoy some of the best coffee made by the most experienced baristas in the City.

Enjoy you perfect cup of Joe!






Best Desserts in Downtown NYC

New York City offers a vast selection of restaurants and coffee shops with all different types of foods and desserts. But more options you have harder it is to choose the right one. And when we say the right one we mean a truly good, one of a kind dessert ,the dessert that will blow your mind with its rich flavor and consistency. We explored few places in the city and here is the list of five top dessert destinations in the Big Apple that you must visit.

Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe has been offering great food and service to New Yorkers for almost 30 years. However, only in past four years this place really bloomed with fantastic selection of desserts. Thanks to it’s pastry chef Sunny Raymond. Try Pumpkin Cheesecake ($9.50) with toasted pumpkin seeds. The texture is more like a smooth mousse than a cheesecake. On top, a thin nest of crisped carrots add a pleasant crunch, and the whipped cream is flavored with toasted coconut. The cake’s beautiful colors and mild sweetness make it easy to love. Another dessert we love is the Banana Tart ($9.50). Imagine a banana tarte tatin, except with a crunchy brûléed crust and a well-baked butter cookie base. It’s just a tart perfection. Don’t hesitate to try Raymond’s crème brûlée scones, which remind of a less sweet Macao-style Portuguese egg custard tart. They’re available all day and in the brunch pastry basket.

21 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003

uNION Square Cafe


Cookshop is one of the most popular brunch spots in the City, located conveniently right next to the High Line. Unfortunately  is not well known for its great desserts from pastry chef Amanda Cook. There are two must-order items on the dessert menu. The first is a textural masterpiece called the Bourbon Pecan Pie Sundae ($9). A deeply flavorful bourbon caramel ice cream is paired with crunchy candied pecans and pieces of pecan pie crust. Instead of chocolate or butterscotch sauce, a more subtle sweet brown sugar honey is drizzled into the glass. You’ll need the extra long spoon they provide to make certain you get each component in every bite.

The second one is Chocolate Deliciousness ($9).It delivers chocolate four ways: a moist fudge strip, a milk chocolate ganache, a dark chocolate ganache, and an airy malted milk chocolate mousse. Crunchy dark chocolate pearls and whipped cream round out the dish. In our opinion this dessert is a chocolate perfection.

156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011


Chikalicious Dessert Bar

New York’s first dessert-only restaurant,  that was opened 11 years ago by Chika Tillman and husband Don. And despite opening two more shops in New York and expanding internationally, they still work their own New York kitchens. Their new West Side Dessert Club offers seven different seasonal plated desserts that can be put together into a three-course tasting with drinks for $32. We recommend the Steamed Apple Pudding Cake with warm vanilla anglaise and shredded apple. This moist apple cake sits in and soaks up the fragrant, lightly sweetened vanilla custard. The combination of the spicy cake and sweet vanilla makes this dessert irresistible. Another great dessert is Mocha Hazelnut Trifle is a slightly heartier dessert that features a memorable white coffee ice cream. A square of light chocolate cake that’s been soaked in coffee syrup sits in Frangelico pastry cream, whose smooth texture is contrasted with crunchy toasted hazelnuts. A generous scoop of white coffee ice cream, with a strong coffee flavor, sits on top.

203 East 10th Street, New York NY 10003




Otto has been drawing locals and tourists alike for years for their great pasta. But this place has not only great food but amazing ice cream as well. Their pastry chef Meredith Kurtzman delivers consistently mouthwatering sorbet and gelato. The must-order is the Olive Oil Copetta ($11), which starts with a buttery, grassy olive oil ice cream and heaps on accompaniments that change with the seasons. Tart citrus curd and granita, fresh fruit, and herbs bring out all the fruity, pungent, and grassy flavors of olive oil for a sundae that shows that unusual dessert  ingredients can be even better option.

15th Avenue, New York, NY ‎10003

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We love it’s $20 three-course dessert tasting. Like the savory side of the kitchen, the dessert offerings change nightly, but co-owner and pastry chef Fabian Von Huske always uses seasonal ingredients in clever ways.

He is best at light desserts that bring a multitude of flavors and textures. The Roasted Sunchoke Mousse at first seems like a simple plate, but fresh apples are used five different ways. Underneath a fluffy whipped mouse sits a thin layer of caramel made with reduced apple juice syrup. The result is a sweet and acidic apple caramel. Pickled apples balance the sweet of the caramel and dried apple bits add some crunch. A subtly flavored apple granita finishes things off in cool, refreshing way. Popcorn Parfait with a delicious concentrated grape juice and salty-sweet popcorn powder. Rice Pudding featured peanut butter custard with coconut snow and peanut brittle. For the lightness, flavor, creativity, and price point, this tasting is like nothing else in New York.

138 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Contra Apple Dessert



Art in the Subway

The New York City subway system is the largest rapid transit system in the world by number of stations, with 468 stations in operation. The New York City Subway is also one of the world’s oldest public transit systems. Overall, the system contains 232 miles (373 km) of routes, translating into 656 miles (1,056 km) of revenue track, and a total of 842 miles (1,355 km) including non-revenue trackage. In 2013, the subway delivered over 1.71 billion rides,averaging approximately 5.5 million rides on weekdays, about 3.2 million rides on Saturdays, and about 2.6 million rides on Sundays. Sounds impressive, but New York City subway will impress you not only with it’s size but with a very large and diverse “collection” of art. Whether you’re a native New Yorker, a tourist or somewhere in between, you’ve likely noticed the assortment of artwork adorning the inside of many of the city’s train stations.

Let us tell you about some of them, within few blocks from The Cosmopolitan TriBeCa.The closest to the hotel subway station is Chambers St., it is located on the same block, right in front of The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Chambers St. subway station was opened on July 1, 1918, almost  97 years ago, and it has a group of art works “Oculus”. Oculus or Eye (1998) is the title of the artwork installed all over the Chambers Street/World Trade Center subway station complex. The centerpiece of the work is an elliptical glass and stone mosaic floor, with a magnificent micro mosaic eye at the center of an ultramarine vortex with the image of the City of New York woven into the picture.  Created by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, Oculus consists of 300 different mosaic eyes, all based upon actual human eyes taken from photographs. The project presents the eyes of three hundred individual New Yorkers translated from a photographic study conducted by Jones and Ginzel into stone mosaic by the classically trained Rinaldo Piras.







Another Art work on Chambers St. Station is a mystery mosaic .The mosaics are so dark and grimy, you can barely see them from the platform. But both the downtown and uptown tracks at the West Side Chambers Street station are lined with these images of the first building of Kings College (later Columbia University), founded in 1754 the school held classes around the corner from Chambers Street on Park Place.


Another noticeable art can be found on the walls of Fulton St. station, which was opened on July 1, 1948 and it’s the twelfth busiest station in the system, as of 2013, with 18,721,694 passengers. New York City has perhaps the greatest collection of marine art and maritime artifacts of any city in the world, with the possible exception of London. Eclectic collections available to the public can be viewed in museums throughout the city such as the Noble Collection in Staten Island, the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York, U.S.S. Intrepid, South Street Seaport and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Less well known, however, are some of the maritime memorials and art in public places that are ironically passed by thousands of people per day, but with little notice. Some examples are the Titanic Memorial at Fulton and Pearl Streets, the Merchant Marine Memorial in Battery Park, and General Slocum Memorial in Tompkins Square Park. Another important set of artifacts, origin unknown to most who view them, are six incomparable tile murals located in the subway station at Broadway and Fulton Street, commemorating the history of New York Harbor. These six works of art, known as the Marine Grill Murals, 1913, were created in 1912 by an American Artist named Frederick Dana Marsh (1872-1961) for the installation in the new McAlpin Hotel opening in 1913 at Broadway and 34th Street. When built, the McAlpin was one of the largest hotels in New York and instantly became a fashionable meeting place for visitors and shoppers around Herald Square. The hotel featured an elaborate basement restaurant that, when new, was named the Rathskeller but soon became more commonly known as the Marine Grill because of the twenty spectacular maritime murals, designed by Fred Marsh that graced its walls. In addition to the murals, the Marine Grill space was itself a profusion of arched tiled ceiling grottos separated within a forest of curved pillars all covered with tiles in various shades of terra cotta, brown, gold, red and green. It was indeed an architectural masterpiece with the murals as focal points. The McAlpin Hotel went through four name changes over the years until finally, in 1989, when way past its glory days, it was converted to co-op apartments and the Marine Grill was demolished. Six of the tile murals were thankfully preserved. In a joint effort by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Municipal Art Society, the New York Landmark Preservation Commission, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and an obscure group called the Friends of Terra Cotta, the shards of the Marsh murals were rescued from demolition and painstakingly reassembled much like giant jig saw puzzles by a group of art students. As part of the MTA’s Arts-For-Transit program, the restored murals were reinstalled in the mezzanine level of the Fulton/Broadway subway station during 2000. In 2010 they were relocated to the William Street entrance to the station where they remain on display passed by thousands of people a day who know little of their origin.







Of course we had to mention one of the most mysterious subway stations in the whole NYC transit system. Brooklyn Bridge City Hall is well known for its abandoned platform. Opened in 1904, the old City Hall station with its beautiful architecture and curved platform was intended to be a showpiece of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company’s (IRT) new subway line. It was also the chosen place for hanging the commemorative plaques dedicated to those who designed, built and financed the underground train system. The station was closed just a few decades later in 1945 because its curved platform wasn’t able to accommodate the IRT’s newer, longer cars. Today, the subway stop still remains closed but you can get a quick glimpse of the platform by taking the 6 train past its last stop at Brooklyn Bridge. For those who want a full-blown tour, you can become a member of the MTA Transit Museum to access the City Hall station.

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Unfortunately a new version of City Hall station is not as glorious as the original one but you can still find few art woks there, “Buildings, Boats and a Bridge” is a group of wall tiles art, was installed under the sponsorship of MTA Arts for Transit and the Studio in a School Association. It was created by the students of Manhattan Academy of Technology and The Clinton Hill School in Manhattan under the directions of artists/teachers Beth Hausman and Lyn Riccardo.







Another art piece is Cable Crossing, which was created in 1996 by Mark Gibian.This cabling exists along the roof of the main station entrance beneath a grate with some little glass cubes letting natural light down into the station, and form the fences between the areas within and outside of fare control where there no turnstiles. It is a tribute to the innovative cabling used on the Brooklyn Bridge.








Let’s move to another station with an interesting art. Franklin Street Subway Station was opened on July 1, 1918. Many years later, in the mid-1990s. it’s platforms were renovated,with a particularly speckled marble that gives interesting shadows.The mosaic bands and panels were kept during the renovation, which saw the original wall tile replaced. There are “Franklin Street” large mosaics, small “F” mosaics and directional mosaics “To Franklin St.” and “To North Moore St.” But the center art piece of this station is  “Alleyways, TriBeCa” which was created in 2005 by Susan Leopold, This artwork is inside the windows of where the newsstand is on the opposite platform it looks homemade, not a durable mosaic like most installations on the MTA, and a little homemade sign directs people to the artist’s website consisting of two single photographs with mirrors and lights that create in the large central skylight of the new head house.

Alleyways TriBeCa at Franklin St.

It is very unusual art work, different from common tile  plaques, paintings  or metal installations , but that’s the beauty of NYC , you can find something you have never seen and will never see anywhere else in the world.

So, Now you just have to see it all with your own eyes. Enjoy!






Halloween Attractions in New York City


The biggest Halloween event in the City is Village Halloween Parade ( . This cultural event stretching more than a mile, with more than sixty thousands costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers. This year Village Parade celebrates it’s 41th anniversary.  If you have never seen it before and  happened to be in the city for the Halloween, you should definitely attend it.


New York City truly is the best host for all the creepy Halloween parties and hunted houses.

One of the oldest and probably most popular once is “Blood Manor” in Soho. ( We would recommend it for fans of classic horror. Five thousand square foot labyrinth with seemingly never ending series of rooms, with a different horror setting, from a ghoulish strip club to a butcher shop for humans.

New Yorkers Don Imaginative Costumes For Annual Halloween Parade

For those who are not impressed with zombies and vampires “Nightmare” prepared a real-life  horror show ( This hunted house is based on scary real-life events and disgusting state on NYC’s subway in the ‘80s, with all its dirtiness, creepiness and freaks. All different sorts of killers leading guests into the creepy lives of murderers, such as Charles Manson, Harrison Graham and Aileen Wuornos. Let us warn you, it might get a little physical in there, so be prepared.


For something even more extravagant, visit “Blackout”(  You must sign a waiver agreeing that you understand there will be “extreme horror, adult sexual content, tight spaces, darkness, strobe – lighting effects, strong odors, exposure to water, physical contact and crawling”. And all this craziness you will be experiencing on alone going through the house. It’s one of a kind Halloween experience, but for those with really strong nervous system. Think twice before you go there.


Exhale, we are done with scary stuff. For a nice kids friendly Halloween we suggest to visit New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Pumpkin Garden (, where you will see pumpkin sculptures in the shapes of spooky creepy – crawlies. They also have a puppet theater and reptile show for kids. Very pleasant way to celebrate Halloween.


Happy Halloween, hope you are going to have fun and share pictures with us on our Facebook Page


Complimentary Walking Tours in TriBeCa


Cosmopolitan Hotel invites you to enjoy a complimentary walking tour in Tribeca.
The name stands for the TRIangle BElow CAnal. In the 1970s and ’80s, artists yearning for space to sculpt, paint, and dance colonized the warehouses; Tribeca took shape in this cauldron of creativity. The confluence of imagination, spirit, space, and, most recently, disposable income has produced a neighborhood rich in upscale restaurants, shops, and galleries. Recently ranked by Forbes as one of America’s most expensive zip codes, 10013 Tribeca is also one of Manhattan’s most charming neighborhoods.
On the tour you will be able to see all the main attractions of the neighborhood. Tour guide will tell everything about history of the streets and buildings in the neighborhood.
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At Harrison Street, you’ll see a study in Tribeca contrasts. A row of early-19th-century town houses lines the side of Independence Plaza, a huge high-rise apartment complex. The three-story redbrick houses were moved here from various sites in the neighborhood in the early 1970s.
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Cross the West Side Highway at Chambers to enjoy the lovely Hudson River Park and River Promenade, which stretches all the way from Battery Park City to the Chelsea Piers and beyond.
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Visit Irish Hunger Memorial on the way to Brookfield Place food court where you can grab a quick bite and enjoy the view on Hudson River.
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On the way back to the hotel you will visit 911 Memorial, you can also visit the museum (for additional cost).