Just south of, and practically in the shadow of, the High Line, resides Kava Cafe. This place is extra special, so run, bike or walk, but however you get there, go.
I really get a kick out of finding something totally unexpected like this. Kava is only about six months old. When it gets "discovered," it will become something huge (but selfishly I hope not). I loved it just the way I found it the other morning on one of our hot and sticky July days.
OK, deep breath, now for the description. It's a sleek Italian espresso bar, as I might dream in my most lavish rendering. Polished black and brass shine throughout, a practically one-of-a-kind espresso maker from La Marzocco, lots of room to stand or sit at Kava's long bars, and best of all (besides the excellent espresso drinks using Stumptown beans) is the huge garden out back, filled with cedar tables and chairs, and completely shaded by enormous leafy trees.
|The perfect shaded garden|
|The perfect iced latte in the perfect garden|
|The sleek Milano-style espresso bar and rich terrazzo floor.|
|No detail left undesigned|
(A really nice New York Times review and photos are here for more info. The review is from January, though, and doesn't mention the garden.)
Perfect location, perfect garden. Done.