I’ve worked in midtown east for about five years now. Besides the easy 20 minute commute to Grand Central, there isn’t really much I like about the area. The limited lunch options are usually overpriced and uninspiring. And the coffee, well I think of it as a turn your taste buds off situation. I eventually settled on Pret A Manger coffee, which doesn’t make me feel like I am going to have a heart attack like Starbucks and is a step up from the deli. Well, that was until Rize Coffee saved me and my taste buds from the mundane coffee of midtown east.
Rize is located in the Chanin Building on the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Ave, which just happens to be where I exit the subway every morning. It opened a few weeks ago and is serving delicious Stumptown coffee, a variety of baked goods, frozen yogurt, and Jane’s ice cream. It’s welcoming, spacious, and sort of feels like a Brooklyn coffee house but in midtown. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been there every morning for the last two weeks. So far, I’ve ordered either an iced coffee or iced latte. Both are leaps and bounds beyond any other coffee options in the area. They also have some pretty good baked goods — it’s going to be hard to keep myself from getting their cheddar chive biscuit every morning. Next up, I’ll have to try the homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt.
Check out Rize Coffee at 122 East 42nd Street (at Lexington Ave).