If you look closely enough at Amy's pants, she is indeed
wearing printed sailor anchors. It's the new fashion
symbol these days.
News-Herald colleague and friend, Amy Popik, joined me on a visit to the shop Saturday, Nov. 22. It was her first visit to the shop, and my second. (I made a third visit this past weekend, but lets not get into that yet.)
Location: Sitting inside a three-story mixed-use apartment building at the corner of Cornell/Edgehill and Murray Hill roads, Rising Star's shop is something to celebrate. It's in a pretty dense part of the neighborhood with a bike shop, a bed and breakfast, and a couple of restaurants only steps away. But it's also not crazily congested like nearby Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue.
A new Rising Star sign had been installed on the buildings
industrial awning since this Nov. 22 photo was shot.
Food and Beverage: Rising Star focuses its time on serving mostly coffee, with baked good like cookies and bagels on the side. That's the way it should be considering how many eateries are nearby. After our visit, Amy and I got lunch at Algebra Tea House, which, despite focusing on the tea side of things, deserves its own blog post here.
At Rising Star that Saturday, I ordered a house coffee and a sea salt bagel with cheddar-chive cream cheese for $6 and change. I meant to save Amy part of my bagel, but I arrived 40 minutes earlier than she and I lacked enough self-control to keep it on my plate for that long. I couldn't even nurse my coffee. Instead, I just ordered another round of coffees for Amy and I at $7 and change when she arrived. (Sadly, there's no discount on refills.)
Just like the one in Ohio City, this Rising Star includes
some of the best presentation of coffee. It made me second
guess once on whether to order a coffee to go.
Space and Atmosphere: The Little Italy shop's seating does more than allow people to camp out, work and socialize indoors. Rising Star staff has also used it to host coffee/roasting/cupping workshops. Over the last couple of months, my newsroom's travel editor has passed me two press releases about upcoming workshops there. (I didn't even know independent coffee shops produce press releases.)
The larger space isn't the only difference between Rising Star's Little Italy and Ohio City shop. The new place has more of a cozy and less industrial vibe, too--with a more subdued color pallet and dimmer lighting. My favorite part of the place is certainly the three low bar stool counters that surround the barista station and the building's central brick column.
It's hard to covertly sneak in photos of the place when
so many baristas work at the shop. All three times I've visited
I've seen four people working here.
Again, if you have suggestions of a coffee shop for a future entry, send it to me via firstname.lastname@example.org on Twitter at @SimonSaysNH.