Upper East Guide: Yorkafe

Scott and I frequently walk by Yorkafe, which sits just off York Avenue on 83rd Street, but had never popped in until recently.  On a chilly but sunny weekend, we stopped to warm up during an afternoon stroll. 

One step inside, and it was clear this place could become a habit.   A varied menu, colorful brick walls, vintage mirrors, and an eclectic soundtrack ranging from Spanish music to jazz tunes straight out of a Woody Allen movie. 

While the café is tiny, on a warm day you can linger over your coffee on the bright red bench out front, or snag a spot on the bench that wraps around this tree on the sidewalk.  These are also great spots for your dog to wait while you grab your coffee and food.  Scott snapped this photo while I was dreaming away in one of only six seats in the café. 

Adding to the afternoon's charm was an (adorable!) three year old in a princess dress who, accompanied by her mom, pulled up on her pink and purple scooter.  She gave an enthusiastic review of her chocolate cheesecake brownie - "that's a lot of chocolate!" she announced repeatedly.

To accompany your afternoon coffee, if you prefer a small sweet treat or pastry - instead of a muffin the size of a softball - this is the place.  From the aforementioned brownie to the cranberry or butter scones (my choice), several were perfectly sized for a snack.  Since the pastries are from Balthazar - from small sweets to the meal-sized muffins and flaky croissants - every option seems like a good one.

After perusing the small but varied menu, I stopped by a few days later for lunch.  An adorable café with amazing pastries and savory panini, Yorkafe is a great stop any time of day. 

Yorkafe, 501 East 83rd Street (between York Avenue and East End Avenue)