I am always on the hunt for a good coffee shop around my ‘hood. The Upper East Side has plenty to offer, but I have yet to find a spot that strikes a good balance between overly crowded and completely deserted. Another eternal struggle is that, despite my former employment, I don’t particularly enjoy hanging out in a Starbucks and working on freelance projects. Thankfully, I’ve discovered Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. This cute little neighborhood spot sports whitewashed brick walls, high ceilings and a front wall of all windows, allowing in a ton of light and a lot of good vibes, making it the perfect spot to buckle and and get some sh*t done.
In addition to some top notch and overpriced coffee, Irving Farm has one of the best BEC sandwiches in the game. With a selection of delicious breads (think croissants, everything bagels and homemade sourdough) topped with multiple slices of sharp cheddar and made-to-order eggs and crispy bacon, this breakfast sandwich will change your life. Or, if you’re looking for something even more mind-blowing, opt for the homemade chive biscuit and add on some avocado—I had this exact sandwich (pictured above) and still dream about it at least once a week. A little hard to eat because of the crumbly deliciousness of the biscuit, but def worth a few extra crumbs.
Check them out on Third Avenue between e. 80th and e. 81st St. if you’re in my ‘hood, or check out any of their other locations.