Power Outlets: Few.
Noise Level: Medium, but mostly music.
Coffee: Good and not too bold.
Seating: Plenty of stools and a few tables.
Hours: 7:00 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Patrons: Working people with lives.
Little Bean Coffee is a high-ceilinged storefront on Lenox Avenue and Central Park North. It overlooks a green plaza perfect for tricycles and skateboards, and the 110th Street stop of the 2 and 3 trains. The saccharine voice of Sam Cooke almost saunters out of the open door and invites you in. The long, marble counter top accented by bright Tiffany blue tiles offers an array of juices and baked goods, and an espresso machine dons yellow mugs like sun hats.
Colorful local artwork brightens the wall for an overall mood boost and the coffee is an easy to enjoy light roast. The baristas are smiles and curly hair tied back with bandanas, and the patrons are newsboy hats, yoga pants, black henleys, and wide frame glasses.
The coffee and latte menu is extensive and offers such froo froo drinks as ginger and lavender lattes, something called a ‘London Fog,’ and various smoothies. I opted for a cold brew to combat the climbing heat of the NYC summer.
After deducting points for no bathroom and the fluctuating volumes of Sam Cooke, the review evens out to an 8/10 with definite potential to become a favorite.