Aren’t you darling?
A street facing invitation of welcome awaits the person, duo or hey, even the group of friends who find themselves in Greenwich village in the near middle of Elizabeth street. The place is Banter – a less than week old coffee shop I visited during New York Fashion Week – where chatter is expected and where white billows of steam are sure to flume as it makes copious pulls and pours – especially the one it advertised this day, flat whites.
The two lane, light infused interior, sources a lot of its details from its hometown of Australian include the kitchen’s supporting structure, the artists hanging on the walls and a menu straight out of an Aussie playbook, it reads like a visual tome that has the Mansur Gavriel palette x Devendra Banhart chill written all over it. It’s as if an invisible banner of ‘why don’t you come in and sit and eat for a while,’ looms ever so dearly.
I asked the co-owner Nick – with a ‘c’ and a ‘k’ and formerly of front-of-house at Two Hands why this little charming space? In short, he wanted an expression of his own, a place for banter, proper coffee and eats. Now who could be mad about that? Not I. Nor the fact that they are using Cafe Integral and the base of my flat white was the sweetly balanced, caramel up front, chocolate finish, silky tactile Dulcinea. Because I was on this day I promised upon my next return, I’d definitely have a seat at the table and experienced the full menu. Until then, why don’t you go on over.