Forever Coffee will soon be opening at 2263 Broadway, between West 81st and 82nd streets (previously occupied by 212 Wireless).
This will be its second location. The original spot can be found at 714 West 181st Street in Washington Heights, where owner Artem Arnopulo lived with his wife and kids before moving to the Upper West Side during the pandemic.
“We just thought another coffee shop will be great here because, although there are a lot of choices, we are still an independent coffee shop, a mom and pop business,” said Artem Anopulo in an interview with ILTUWS. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Anopulo says he plans to open in August. They’re currently working out the menu and other aspects of the business, since this new location is smaller than their space in Washington Heights. “We will be starting slow with coffee, specialty coffee, pastries and desserts,” Arnopulo says.
The new spot could also have a breakfast and lunch menu — as the uptown location does — but the space has “limitations” making it challenging. They are currently working with the city so that they can provide outdoor seating.
Forever Coffee uses NYC based Irving Farm 71 House Blend coffee and Irving Farm Blackstrap espresso. Some items from the Washington Heights location include drip coffee, cappuccino, macchiato, cold brew and mocha. A few of the possible specialty drinks on the horizon include Espresso Tonic with Boylan Heritage tonic water and ice; sparkling cold brew lemonade with simple syrup and ice; and an iced strawberry Matcha latte.
Several pastries and desserts come from Brooklyn based The Good Batch, which features gluten free/vegan treats like a tahini chocolate chunk cookie, fudge cake and pumpkin bread. There will also be muffins, pain au chocolat, croissants and oatmeal.
The use of Irving Farm as a coffee source is not good.
Perhaps the baked goods will be good, but Zabar’s is across Broadway, and that cafe still has excellent pastries.