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Culture Espresso Bar

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72 W 38th St, New York City, NY 10018-5490
+1 212-302-0200
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07:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 19:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Overburned cofer beans make expresso the worst ever, do not go if you love yourself ( and your stomach)

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Thank francesco b
East Molesey, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Spent an enjoyable hour here catching up with a Manhattan based friend & sipping a very good flat white coffee. Friendly low key service. Recommended

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Thank dolcevita-italia
Poole, Dorset, UK
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Fortunately for us this coffee saloon was directly opposite the hotel we stayed in. We tried many of the countless coffee shops which line the streets of Manhattan during our stay but this stood out as providing the best tasting coffee we found. Bar or table seating is on offer along with good bandwidth free wifi (code is the phone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The place was too busy. I liked the atmosphere. I ordered the cold brew coffee and it was incredible

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Budapest, Hungary
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Very good cookies and coffee. Loud music not so good but alright. Small space, quite busy so hard to get seats.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 614 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were craving a midday pick me up after some shopping in Midtown. We felt like we were in barren dessert of good coffee, giving how many Starbucks surrounded us, but a Google search turned up Culture. It's a small space, but it's well-decorated. There was some seating along the window and one communal table. We sat at the communal... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

I tried this cafe after being underwhelmed at Cafe Grumpy in the same relative area. Greatly enjoyed this place. Well attended by a mix of people, lots of good social conversation, friendly and quick staff took the order and even explained to me some of the more exotic versions of espresso they served.

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Thank chinomad60640
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

One of the better coffees I've had in New York - but, a coffee shop that doesn't serve cappuccinos ? Seriously ?

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Thank Neil F
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

A rare treat in America: great coffee! This place is a little out of my way when staying in the West Village but well worth the detour on the way to Time's Square. Excellent coffee, prompt service and plenty of Australian accents around us to confirm this as the right place for a caffeine fix.

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Thank BradHockey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

As an espresso bar, I expected them to get the espresso right. The crema foam was too thick and brown and it already smelled sour. As 2 Europeans, one of whom is Italian(!), we returned the espresso. The customer service was appalling at that point. Not even a "we do apologize, can we make you another one?' Nope, all i... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 19:00
Monday
07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 19:00
Saturday
08:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72 W 38th St, New York City, NY 10018-5490
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-302-0200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Midtown

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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