the elk

not just another pretty coffee shop in WV

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 rustic 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.

the details

Address128 Charles St, New York
Hours8am – 6pm every day
Price$$ – your typical NYC third wave coffee shop prices
Aestheticever so slightly rustic farmhouse vibes

good to know

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). 

Other things to note: 

  • While they do have free wifi, they don’t have much seating, but you can snag a spot at the bar for a short work session.
  • The kitchen hours are 8am – 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday only.
  • They also have an online shop (for the general store) and offer delivery via Postmates.

Last visited: March 2020

Last updated: October 2020

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