During my recent trip to New York City I enjoyed some delicious coffee at Brooks Brothers’ Red Fleece Café. What a great concept in the heart of Manhattan!
Delicious Coffee At Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Café In New York City
Brooks Brothers has an especially sentimental attachment for me. When I lived in Washington, DC and worked on the Hill and later in the White House, Brooks Brothers was my brand. Suits, ties, shirts, suspenders…Brooks Brothers. I loved wearing a suit (I still do) and loved wearing Brooks Brothers.
Brooks Brothers, which opened its first store in 1818, calls itself America’s oldest clothing retailer. The style, especially 15 years ago, is not at all trendy. But it’s certainly classic and I would still argue chic.
But when I moved to Germany 10 years ago with all my Brooks Brothers suits, I received the weirdest stares in the office. Indeed, you could tell I was an American from 10 kilometers away based upon my Brooks Brothers suits, a far cry from the slim-fit, tighly-cut European-style suites.
While I eventually embraced the European style, I’ve hung onto my ties, suspenders, and seersucker suit from Brooks Brothers.
So when I saw a Brooks Brothers coffee shop in New York, I had to try it. Really, it was more for the novelty, though I noticed the café carried Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee. Little did I know what a delicious cappuccino and cortado I would enjoy.
Red Fleece Café
346 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Monday-Friday: 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
The ladies behind the counter were charming and good-natured (though still amused at all the pictures I was taking) and thankfully did not fight me over my request for a “real” cup. Indeed, everyone seemed to be staying to drink coffee, which is something some of my favorite coffee shops in LA could really do better to emulate.
I was in Grand Central Terminal at the Apple Store and found the café located just one block west.
The cappuccino was strong, dark, and rich…the cortado even more so. I’ve bought Stumptown beans before, but will have to check out that brand again as I really enjoyed the coffee. Having a beautiful La Marzocco machine certainly didn’t hurt.
I will return to Hole in the Wall again, but this coffee greatly exceeded my expectations and I look forward to returning. Note, Brooks Bothers has a second location on 901 Broadway near the Flatiron Building. Even if you are not a fan of the Brooks Brothers style, the coffee is great.
Have you tried coffee at Brooks Brothers?