Only a few short months into its existence, suave-looking Meatpacking District coffee shop Kava Cafe is expanding, nearly doubling in size with the addition of a 1,000 square-foot backyard garden and a new liquor license that's sure to attract booze-loving tourist crowds from the nearby High Line.
Despite dealing with some coffee-geek drama earlier this year after switching from Stumptown beans to the lesser-known Caffee Pronto, Kava has gained something of a celebrity clientele, including actor/filmmaker Edward "Burnsie" Burns and (almost) $100 million Knicks man Amar'e Stoudemire. Owner John Saric, a partner at The Ace Hotel, told us he's interested in possibly bringing Kava to other cities across the country.
With a standing-room only design from hotshot team Roman & Williams featuring "terrazzo floors and brass snoots illuminating tambour walls" (whatever that means), plus not one, but two top-of-the-line La Marzocco Strada espresso machines, this is not the kind of place to camp out with your laptop. But a whipped cream-topped espresso con panna? That we can get behind.