Third Rail Coffee

240 Sullivan Street | 159 Second Avenue

Spring In NYC!

The nice weather is finally here...sortof! The Yankees and the Metropolitans are playing in warmer weather, schools are letting out and spring is in the air! Time to get outside and soak up some sunshine, just keep in mind that spring weather can be up and down even within a day so pack a light jacket for when the air turns crisp on ya. Even with all the hustle and bustle in NYC, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get outside and relax! Check out our list of some of the best ways to enjoy this spring in NYC!


1. Start with a cup of coffee, duh!

There’s nothing quite like a hot cup of coffee on a nice New York City morning. In the midst of the whole city rushing around at 8:00am, there’s just something calming about a quality cup of coffee! Stop in to a local, indie coffee shop - we’re partial to Third Rail Coffee ; ) - on a nice crisp morning for a cup that’ll get you going. And if you’re hungry, we’d recommend picking up one of our pastries from some of the finest bakeries NYC has to offer like Blue Sky’s muffins, which come in incredible flavor combos that rarely repeat!


2. Explore Central Park

Even if you’ve been living in New York for an extended period of time, you’ve probably never seen all of Central Park, so what are you waiting for?! The newfound warmth and sunshine makes it a perfect time to go explore. Try to find your way into an area of the park you’ve never seen before.


3. As Is

Head over to Hell’s Kitchen and taste some of the best beers being crafted today. The industrial-yet-warm space features dark woods and dark metals against a concrete floor, with a pop of a neon green sign that reads “fresh beer” on the brick wall. A short menu of elevated bar food features substantial pressed sandwiches. There’s also the go-to egg-heavy sandwiches during weekend brunch. It’s also one of the few serious beer bars that offers one, so come before 7 p.m. for $1 off drafts and $10 cocktails on.


4. Bar Pitti

A nice warm spring night is a perfect opportunity to head on over for a delicious italian dinner at Bar Pitti. This NYC hot spot is known for its frequent celebrity sightings and exquisite menu. Compared to all of the other Italian restaurants in NYC, it’s extremely affordable as well. While the atmosphere inside is very casual and intimate, Bar Pitti is also an excellent place to go for a spontaneous outdoor dinner after work with your significant other!


5. Farmers Market

Skip the average joe grocery store this spring and start doing your grocery shopping in the sunshine at the Union Square Greenmarket! This world famous market has been supplying NYC with fresh, local produce since 1976 and has over 140 vendors. And it’s not just for the average NYC resident; it’s not uncommon to see big-time chefs getting their produce their as well! If you’ve got no plans on a beautiful Saturday morning, head on over to the northwest part of Union Square Park to find this booming market. If Saturday’s don’t fit your schedule, the Union Square Greenmarket is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays also!


6. Movie Under The Stars

If you’re looking for a post-dinner date on a nice warm night, a movie under the stars is just what you need. The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation puts on movies almost every single weekend through the warm season and they won’t cost you a dime. Aside from the films that the city puts on, a few other organizations put on outdoor movies such as the Rooftop Cinema Club, the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, and the Central Park Film Festival, among many others. In fact, you could probably catch a movie any night of the week if you really wanted to!

Aside from the things on this list, there are a million and one ways to enjoy the spring weather in NYC. Whether you’re into kayaking, running, or just relaxing in the sunshine on a blanket in Central Park with your favorite book, NYC has plenty to offer to get you outside in the fresh spring air!


We're pretty pretty pretty pretty excited about our latest exhibition. #MessLife is a work in progress by our good friend Ash Gilbertson of the VII Photo Network. Ash has been documenting the people and the culture surrounding our local bike messengers here in NYC and it's paid off with some stellar photos already. In a first for us, the work will be shown across both shops - we think it's fitting given the subject matter. For style points, BIKE to both to take them all in - they're up now!



We're planning an opening reception for some time next week, probably Thursday night...stay tuned to our feeds for the latest!

NY Roasters' Series

For the past two months, our guest roaster program has been all about our hometown, New York City! We’ve been showcasing coffee roasted by some great friends in the local coffee community, creating our first N.Y. Roaster’s Series.

The idea for this started developing over here a while ago because we love our city and we're proud of the coffee culture we've been collectively forging here. All of the roasters we are featuring approach coffee differently and truly believe in what they are doing. It’s exciting to work with and serve so many styles of the thing we love the most – coffee!

We’ve featured a variety of coffees from Parlor Coffee and Plowshares and we’ll round out the series with two more surprise guests! Each of this year’s roasters has roughly a three week turn and will host a cupping at our 10th Street location to share their vision with us.

Stay tuned to our feeds for the latest.

The Rail runs East (again)(this time for good)!!

We’re stoked to officially announce that we’re in the process of building out a second location in the East Village!!

This location’s a bit special in my heart since I have a little “history” with it…Basically I’ve loved Stuyvesant street forever. It’s an anomaly for one, a little remnant of a street that basically just runs from 9th to 10th. But it also just has a cozy feeling to it. When we were deep in our initial location search for what would turn out to become Third Rail Coffee I haunted the area.  I was especially taken with the storefronts facing St. Marks church and it’s little “piazza”. I was also very  fond of the cobbler at the intersection of 10th and Stuy and was fortunate enough to strike up some friendly banter with the man himself, Angelo. 

Angelo Fontana was a true craftsmen and I admired him very much. He was great to talk to as he had been in the neighborhood forever and was a font of history. I believe he was at this particular location for over 25 years and we talked a lot about the retail landscape and the Landlords that were redefining it nowadays, and not for the better. At the time, Angelo was in his youthful 70’s but we talked about his impending retirement in a few years time. I remember thinking that whenever that might happen, I hoped to be able to acquire that spot – if the bank didn’t gobble it up first of course… Unfortunately, not long after we struck up our conversations, Angelo’s landlord decided to hike his rent to an unsustainable level for him and he was forced into an “early” retirement. The whole thing was upsetting so we never  put a bid in because it just didn’t feel right. We watched as someone else took Angelo’s spot and set about transforming it …

As fate would have it, a few years later, the space became available again and we were ready to expand. The timing was right and we pounced, we got it, and now we’re really excited! We should be open sometime before June and hope to see you there of course. And Angelo, should you happen to see this – please come by, you’ll get coffee for life from us ; )

240 Sullivan Street   |  159 Second Avenue