Bluebird Coffee Shop

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • D&A Travel: A.
    D&A Travel: AndersDecember 28, 2013
    [Fika] Tiny, but the best coffee in town. Great breakfasts, house-made pastry (try the croissant bread pudding) and baristas completely dedicated to quality. Nice outdoor bar for that quick cortado.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerDecember 5, 2015
    strong espresso drinks served in a quaint space on a less-trafficked street in the east village. the serving cups and plates are an adorable baby blue
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Bluebird Coffee Shop is a cozy East Village café, where the pastries are made in-house and the Counter Culture coffee is brewed with care.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BeppuJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wondering why the first sip of your americano is so awesome and intense? It's because they habitually do espresso on top of hot water (technically a long black), rather than water on top of espresso.
  • Todd O.
    Todd OlmsteadAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the quaint space here. Great to sit in the front window and watch people go by on First Street. Try a donut! Sometimes they even have clementines for sale - goes well with your AM coffee!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUAugust 29, 2014
    This small shop nestled right off of Houston has homemade pastries and strong espresso from Counter Culture. Instagram- and espresso-enthusiasts flock here to enjoy a solid cup. Read more
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiJanuary 13, 2014
    Cute/cozy spot & good espresso. Few seats, but they have a few outside along the window that look great for the warmer weather.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 15, 2014
    Small space but good to grab and go sit in the park opposite. Small and tasty eats incl granola and yogurt and grilled sandwiches. Soy flat white was delicious.
  • Job P.
    Job PistonFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Laugh your way to a full stomach while the Prune brunch crowd grumbles in the street. Baked oatmeal w/ bananas & steamed milk or, cheddar chive biscuit w/ egg and bacon with a latte. #ObesityandSpeed
  • Hannah H.
    Hannah HanNovember 19, 2014
    Hip little coffee spot next to Prune. Gets very crowded due to the small space (have 4-5 small tables). Strong, pick-me-up coffees. I'll be back!
  • Nick W.
    Nick WestMay 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cortado, and if you're hungry the cheddar chive biscuits are always great (feeling glutinous? go for the breakfast sandwich on one)!
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraOctober 17, 2014
    Beautiful little coffee shop. Be sure to try the Egg & Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich, it is delightful.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyJune 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Some seriously amazing coffee! I was worried about quality of coffee here in NY, but I leave this place every morning with a smile on my face when I take my first sip!
  • Ubeyd D.
    Ubeyd DalmisDecember 17, 2015
    Some seriously amazing coffee! I was worried about quality of coffee here in NY, but I leave this place every morning with a smile on my face when I take my first sip! Read more
  • Reg L.
    Reg LMay 18, 2013
    Love the vibe here. The chaps are cool and they know how to pull off a killer flat white (and macchiato). Go Aussies!
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BogopolskayaNovember 11, 2015
    Best baked oatmeal! Filling and delicious. Get a half inside/half outdoor window seat and people watch for hours.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerJanuary 8, 2015
    They brew Counter Culture. Great place to sit and stare out the window. Not many seats so come late afternoon during the week.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonJuly 27, 2014
    Try the canelés. Delicious! Custard on the inside, slightly caramelized on the outside. Goes great with your coffee.
  • Kristina R.
    Kristina RudicOctober 10, 2014
    Sit in the window and stare out at the crowd walking past. You'll feel like you're in a safe haven looking out to the rest of the world
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardApril 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG the cheddar biscuit egg sandwich is amazing. Almost as good is the baked oatmeal. Get both, enjoy.
  • Jaimie V.
    Jaimie VaillancourtJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The maple bacon biscuits are to die for and the iced coffee is one of the better ones I've had in the city.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiMarch 16, 2014
    Small cozy spot with Wi-Fi on the weekends. Benches along the wall, stools by the window for people watching on 1st St.
  • Brad W.
    Brad WilliamsOctober 11, 2014
    Prefer espresso over filter coffee. Cute cozy space overlooking tree-lined 1st Street. The pastries look amazing.
  • Ben J.
    Ben JohnsSeptember 14, 2012
    Biscuits with honey butter. Absurdly good. Sounds like a weird thing to say, but hands down the best butter I've ever had.
  • Of a Kind
    Of a KindJuly 7, 2011
    A little birdie (okay, fine, Mandy Coon) told us that the Americano and the egg salad sandwich here are fantastic. To read more about her picks, head to
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerJune 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the croissant bread pudding!!! Tastes awesome! Like a Bavarian Scheiterhaufen
  • Johanna
    JohannaNovember 26, 2014
    The baked oatmeal is so delicious and tummy warming (even if you're not b an oatmeal person!).
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarellaOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Tyson Stagg might be my favorite barista. Along with a killer cortado, this place has my favorite egg sandwich in the entire city.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Cute small shop. Coffee was good and smooth and baked goods looked great. Staff was super friendly too.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Whether it's the coffee or their blackboard breakfast options, this is a lovely cafe for some alone time wake-me-up... it's teeny.
  • Mattan T.
    Mattan TenneNovember 2, 2014
    Best coffee in town, nice staff. The homemade pastry is awesome too. Good place to start your day.
  • Job P.
    Job PistonMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheddar and chive biscuit with egg, light cheese, spicy mayo and bacon.
  • Susumu
    SusumuOctober 17, 2015
    A cozy little coffee shop. I like the name of the coffee shop. There is $5 minimum for credit card.
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 4, 2014
    Excellent coffee! Even if their cortado was basically a piccolo latte with the amount of milk given.
  • Parul B.
    Parul BatraMay 27, 2013
    Sit on a bar stool by the beautiful windows, enjoy the view with delicious coffee and granola with yogurt. Happiness!
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PepeApril 26, 2014
    Helpful staff, strong espresso, cute space! The coffee bags are pretty reasonably priced, too.
  • Leticia C.
    Leticia CuevasJuly 27, 2015
    One of the best cafés at NY. The aesthetic of the place is unbelievably beautiful.
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitMay 30, 2012
    Perfect if you're lazing away an afternoon in the East Village. Cozy setting, Counter Culture brew.
  • prima f.
    prima filiMay 13, 2015
    Beautiful tiny little place. Flat white was really good, same with their home made granola.
  • Isaac E.
    Isaac EzerNovember 23, 2013
    They have Abita Root Beer, made with real cane sugar. Hard to find outside of New Orleans.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierJune 4, 2014
    Awesome food, cozy, good coffee, great location. Frequented this place for a while, I miss it :-)
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't know what's in the almond croissant, but it must be crack. Buttery, topped with sugar, and apple jam inside
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerJuly 17, 2014
    Bluebird serves Counterculture coffee and fittingly offers window counter seating, inside and out.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LiebermanOctober 16, 2012
    Great little coffee shop. Pastries are gorgeous and the staff is super friendly.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 12, 2013
    The house-made bread pudding is to die for. Lovely on a cold morning.
  • Tim J.
    Tim JulienJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    don't sleep on the scones, they're not comfortable
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyMay 10, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    They recently changed their coffee and now serve Parlor Coffee from Brooklyn.
  • Josh U.
    Josh UptonOctober 19, 2014
    The cheddar chive biscuit is perfection. Great coffee too.
  • Nedy Lutfi
    Nedy LutfiJanuary 19, 2011
    Coffee is delicious and carefully made. And the soda bread was so yummy, and paired with nice butter.
  • Ed P.
    Ed PodojilFebruary 8, 2015
    Conveniently off the east end of the 2nd ave subway. They sell and brew counter culture
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 1, 2014
    Great coffee. Their pastries and food are their secret weapons, don't leave hungry.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroDecember 27, 2013
    The tomato soup & grilled cheese are very well done + at great value!
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SchwartzMay 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bluebird hot coffee + a cheddar and chive biscuit - unbeatable.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SingerAugust 23, 2014
    Great espresso-based drinks and home-made baked goods
  • red f.
    red flowerAugust 6, 2010
    go to blue bird coffee shop and have rhubarb tart if they have them! they are baked in house. delightful.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If all coffee shops made coffee this good, the world would be a much happier place!
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyApril 14, 2015
    A necessary espresso stop before hopping on the F train. Better drip coffee than anything else in the neighborhood, too.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HambyMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee is great, the super tiny seats aren't so comfortable though
  • Job P.
    Job PistonMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Baked cinnamon oatmeal topped with sliced bananas and steamed milk.
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaDecember 11, 2014
    Really good coffee, but no toilet & no wifi
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalDecember 28, 2013
    Best cortado on the block.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 6, 2014
    Their baked oatmeal & Cuban sandwich are good
  • Willem D.
    Willem DudokMarch 29, 2015
    Great lattes, no toilets. So make sure you don't have to pee. ;)
  • RTWgirl A.
    RTWgirl ArnetteNovember 8, 2013
    Ordered a flat white. Wasn't a flat white . The girl at counter said a flat white is a basically a cappuccino. :/ was hoping for a score with the Aussie pie tuck shop next door
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 7, 2014
    Not much room in the cafe, but the park opposite has ample benches..
  • Zack B.
    Zack BeattyJune 28, 2012
    WiFi password is the phone #: 2122601879. You're welcome.
  • eric m.
    eric mortensenFebruary 1, 2012
    Dedicated to quality. Enjoy an excellent cortado.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJuly 28, 2015
    Quiet, good for working on your computer
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerMay 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I really like this small cozy Cafe! Great apple pie
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew ApostolaAugust 27, 2011
    The grenola here is excellent, along with the coffee and the girls behind the counter.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerDecember 9, 2013
    Great coffee, love the egg/bacon biscuit.
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Counter Culture pulled well. Also, relaxed East Village vibe.
  • Peter
    PeterJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The cheddar chive egg biscuit is spectacular
  • eric m.
    eric mortensenOctober 14, 2011
    Stop in for a solid midday cappuccino. Great attention to detail.
  • Zach P.
    Zach PritchardNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cozy little shop with friendly staff plus soy milk and simple syrup available for all!
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraOctober 17, 2014
    No cold brew here unfortunately, but the Lattes are pretty good!
  • April Z.
    April ZhaoMarch 19, 2015
    Lattes and cold brew are both really good
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Cute little coffee shop. Great spot for a read
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceJuly 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Iced coffee, avocado toast, great vibes
  • Able P.
    Able ParrisJune 2, 2013
    Counter Culture coffee and a lovely open window seat.
  • leland r.
    leland rechisAugust 6, 2014
    Cheese biscuit sandwich, which bacon, of course
  • Burak B.
    Burak BekdemirDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Accepting credit cards now with a $10 minimum.
  • Catherine I.
    Catherine InschMarch 23, 2015
    Flat white was amazing
  • Madison S.
    Madison SJuly 12, 2015
    Their breakfast foods are fantastic
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeMay 10, 2015
    Great iced coffee and friendly staff.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa D.March 30, 2014
    Biscuit sandwich will fill your hunger!
  • Tabi Y.
    Tabi YooOctober 17, 2015
    Iced coffee + sugar cookie = best pick-me-up
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooOctober 13, 2011
    Get the cheddar chives biscuit for breakfast. Yummy.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissJanuary 9, 2015
    Mediocre service, sub-par coffee. I got excited to see Counter Culture beans and a La Marzocco machine, yet they still managed to produce an oily and bitter espresso.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SynamatixAugust 10, 2014
    Really friendly staff and great iced coffee.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RobertsMay 28, 2014
    Strong flavorful coffee. Just don't expect to hang around -- space is extremely limited.
  • Christina Z.
    Christina ZentmyerSeptember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    soy latte to stay + maple wheat scone topped with honey is heaven on earth before work..
  • Jack C.
    Jack CurryJune 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi, but table space is sparse
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarrollOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Biscuit sandwich, nutella scone.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealyMay 5, 2015
    One of the better canelés in the city
  • Robert
    RobertAugust 19, 2013
    Solid music choice. SBTRKT at 7:30am
  • Sonia G.
    Sonia GrobmanAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Every time I come they are upping the price or changing the size... I may need to find a new spot
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiJanuary 2, 2016
    Oh yeah. Great breakfast sandwiches and nice cappuccinos.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseDecember 28, 2014
    Teeny tiny coffee shop- good coffee but not a place to perch 🐦
  • Fabio
    FabioMay 19, 2013
    Love this coffe.... This is NY
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