Third Rail Coffee

240 Sullivan Street | 159 Second Avenue


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