Spending the afternoon in Studio 2 is like spending a relaxing day with a good friend—there, it’s cozy, effortless, and easy to lose track of time. While other cafes are full of independents sipping their cold press on a summer weekday, Studio 2 is full of neighbors and newcomers alike—all of which are welcoming when you first walk in. In a cafe utopia of sorts, the vibe encourages a day of working away from the office, catching up with a friend, or just a cuppa coffee after a neighborhood stroll.
Studio 2, which opened in 2014, is directly below DevJam Studios on W. 46th St. and Bryant Ave. Its high ceilings and garage door wall, which opens up right to the sidewalk, keep you feeling fresh and relaxed and with some exposed pipe and brick, there’s a hint of the modern industrial feel. Yet, it’s also homey with the vintage records on the counter and local art decorating the walls.
While adults are most of the weekday’s café goers, there’s plenty of opportunity for families to enjoy the shop; in fact, Friday is always Family Game Night. Both breakfast and lunch are served each day and if you’d rather go for wine or beer instead of coffee, feel free to come by later in the evening for a glass. Feel free to bring your book club, co-workers, or a date (Wednesday night is date night after all), and the staff will make you feel right at home.
With a wide range of tasty food and special drinks, Studio 2 also makes plenty of house specialties. Their adorable “flour pot bread,” which is served with a delicious blueberry sage jam, is definitely worth a taste. Perhaps you can enjoy some house-made coffee syrups (lavender honey? Yes please!) in your coffee, which is sure to be served in the creative glassware of Peace Coffee. In the spring and summer, the patio is open, with at least three tables for those of us who can’t bear to be away from the breeze.
Studio 2, clearly an escape from the bustling heart of the city is definitely a neighborhood favorite. It also happens to be the perfect place for an iced coffee in the late morning of a lazy summer day.
Location: 818 West 46th St.
Hours: EVERYDAY, 7AM-8PM
Brewing Since: 2014
What I Had: A café miel
Where I Sat: In the middle of the shop, next to the windows
What’s Next: Anything with a homemade syrup. Also, the Classic Grilled Cheese (with Gouda and Fontina Cheese and Kale Pesto served on Multigrain Bread)