They are Three Seat Espresso & Barber and the Good Sort, both open now in the East Village and Chinatown, respectively. We’re going to judge them, tale-of-the-tape-style. That’ll happen below.
Three Seat Espresso & Barber: A small, cheerful place run by cheerful Australians. You’ll while away some time and have your ears lowered just across from Tompkins Square Park, where, fun fact: Charlie Parker probably did something very similar but more illicit in his day.
The Good Sort: The opposite of Chinese Tuxedo, but run by the same people and located right next door (and damned if they’re not also Australian). And who doesn’t love a good morning walk down Doyers?
The Main Event
TSEB: They specialize in flat whites, which are like an Aussie version of a latte, but less milky. Also, things that are like coffee but actually not. Example: the Golden Latte, which expresses love for almond milk and turmeric (good for hangovers).
TGS: Activated charcoal makes an appearance in one latte. So the coffee (or un-coffee, as it may be) is creative.
TSEB: Avocado toast. Fine, everyone has that. But they’ll also put it on a seeded bagel with a sunny-side-up egg. Apple danishes are also available on request.
TGS: Totally vegan. Sweet congee bowls are around, and even the chocolate cake includes beet.
TSEB: We mentioned the fact that you can get a haircut or beard trim while you sip coffee, right? And when the sun goes down, beer and wine are there, too.
TGS: How do golden cats hit you? You can also take the secret door on the accordion wall to Chinese Tuxedo, should coffee lose its luster.