Cafe Frederick Harlem Parlor: 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Central Harlem: Completing the Trifecta

IMG_1978.jpgOverall: 6/10

Power Outlets: Yes.

Wi-Fi: Yes, and fast.

Noise Level: Low.

Coffee: Standardly good.

Bathrooms: Good, but the sink splashes easily.

Seating: Much.

Hours: 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Bookstore: No.

Patrons: Internet freelancers.

Cafe Frederick is anything but claustrophobic. The white, sleek chairs and light wood additions give it a  wide-open feel. The coffee is standardly good. They serve Brooklyn Roasting Company beans, and if we know anything about Brooklyn, it’s that they always claim to be better than they are.

The food is not amazing. It wants to be good, and I want it to be good but it leaves an unmistakable taste of meh in your mouth. However, it does offer a full breakfast and lunch menus, as well as alcoholic drinks and a kind Australian barista.

It sits at the beginning of a string of great cafes stretching up Frederick Douglass Boulevard. I once sat in Cafe Frederick and edited an entire video unperturbed. The windows are large and great for endless people watching, while the patrons are random. They’re maybe 30-somethings with their own websites.

Overall, it’s comfortable and productive but not cozy.


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Screengrab: Google maps.

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