So for this week, it's Third Rail Coffee in the EV.
I'd first noticed Third Rail Coffee in its original location, Greenwich Village, but never got a chance to try it until today, when my friend and I went in for a quick post-yoga caffeine fix. Much like most trendy, nonchain coffee shops, this no-frill, simplistic place had very little space, with only a few tables and seats for to-stay customers.
The service was swift, and the prices weren't too bad, but the latte was kind of disappointing. While I did enjoy how strong the drink was, something about the taste and texture was off. The ratio of bitterness to milkiness was not as balanced as expected; it was definitely a little too bitter (probably even for a shot of espresso), which made the aftertaste slightly unpleasant. The texture was also kind of weird — most certainly not as smooth and silky as I'd hoped — and a bit gritty and grainy.
All in all, I wouldn't say it was a total waste of $3.75, but Third Rail would not be the first place I think of when looking for the best cup of latte.
Bonus pic: cappuccino (also $3.75) and latte