West Village is chock full of quaint cafés and boutiques, and The Elk is no different. Part coffee shop, part general store, this all day spot is a cozy hideaway from the bustle of the city, tucked safely on a quiet residential street in the neighborhood.
The founder of The Elk hails from Vancouver and brings some of the PNW aesthetic to the cafe. As a cafe, they serve Brooklyn-based Parlor Coffee, teas, juices and a selection of light breakfast (think: bowls, toasts) and lunch fare (think: salads, sandwiches). As a general store, they are stocked with local provisions, from specialty pantry items to wines to curated home goods and gifts.
With a commitment to local and sustainable products, The Elk is a popular neighborhood spot for grabbing a morning coffee to go or maybe sticking around for a bit for lunch.
Go here for: coffee & provisions
Order this: coffee or matcha any way you like it
Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for a leisurely coffee catch up
When to come: the mornings tend to get pretty busy, especially on the weekends, weekday afternoons are more chill if you’re looking to stay for a bit
Getting here: it’s closest to the Christopher Street PATH station, and a little farther (~7 min walk) from the Christopher Street subway station (1, 2).
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Last visited: March 2020
Last updated: October 2020