Power Outlets: No.
Noise Level: Medium-Loud.
Coffee: Very good. Strong, fruity roast.
Seating: A bench inside, and two outside.
Hours: 7:00 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Patrons: Families and aged frat boys.
There are essentially two types of coffee shops in Manhattan. The first type is a sit, study, stay a while vibe with lots of seating. The second caters to people on the go, a stop-and-sip, if you will. Oslo falls under the latter.
Oslo Coffee Roasters is tucked behind First Avenue in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side. It’s a place where parents come in with their kids before work and school. But it’s also a place where you can sit on an L-shaped wooden bench between fratty thirty-somethings. One is clearly Australian, the other, a South Floridian, wears a UCF sweatshirt and asks “are you Australian?” to his cold brew-guzzling frat brethren. They pull at strings to enumerate the contributions of Australia to American pop culture. I kid you not, Steve Irwin was given a rave review by UFC guy.
Aside from being involuntarily inserted into an excruciating conversation, Oslo coffee shop brews a good medium roast house blend. It tastes almost fruity, like Blue Bottle’s african roast. The baristas are pleasant and conversational. They know their customers, and the customers seem to know each other on a personal level.
The shop’s interior is small, no wi-fi, no option to work a little. You can’t even hear yourself think.Shades of royal blue and periwinkle serve as accent colors in floral wallpaper. Vines and plants grow outside and inside the busy facade window. They have a very small selection of bread-based, butter-dressed snacks.
Oslo would be a great shop to stop in, grab a drink, and walk to the park.