Romeo & Juliet Colombian Coffee: 11th Avenue and West 42st Street, Hell’s Kitchen

IMG_3090.JPGOverall: 6/10

Power Outlets: Few.

Wi-Fi: Yes.

Noise Level: Medium to loud.

Coffee: Good enough to make a second visit.

Bathrooms: Yes.

Seating: Plenty with outdoor area as well.

Hours: 7:00 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Bookstore: No.

Patrons: Randos, tourists.

Music Playing: Generic modern hits, not worth offering a YouTube video.

Photo by me, oddly placed lanterns by unknown.

A coffee shop by any other name would be as plain. However, Romeo & Juliet Colombian Coffee is a bit of a skullfuck. It’s a nice setup with ample seating, the decor harkens back to likes of Pier One Imports, and the coffee is satisfying.


But, there’s something off about it.

Located in the highrise kingdom that is modern Hell’s Kitchen, Romeo & Juliet has a wavering aesthetic. Flat screen TVs on the wall played both the Tour de France and the world’s most suburban, stylized infomercials about weed whackers and neck pillows and whey protein. It’s a coffee shop that’s also a wine bar. It has a veranda. It has large, loud, obstructive fans. And, oddly, you can’t detect any sort of Romeo & Juliet theme. No balcony, no Shakespearian quotes or quips, no attempts for a romantic atmosphere. It’s just a cute name.Β The coffee is, however, good enough for a second visit.

I would suggest taking a coffee to go, sauntering west towards the Hudson, and swaying lazily by the pier.


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Screengrab: Google maps, bro.

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