There was unnecessary music playing when we visited Fika on 6th Avenue in Chelsea, but we can still recommend it. We generally see a lot of the laptop brigade in this location during the week, but we visited on a weekend when there were fewer laptoppers and more tourists. Even with a chattier crowd, the space was fine.
As with other Fika locations–it’s a Swedish chain with 13 Manhattan locations–the decor features lots of hard surfaces. But even though there were not many textiles–only the chairs are upholstered–the noise level was more than manageable. High ceilings and a relaxed crowd are mostly responsible for the soundscape. If they only lowered the background music a notch or two–or turned if off–the space would be close to perfect.
Fika serves very good coffee and lovely sweet treats (try the cardamom bun), but it’s a bit more expensive than other coffee shops. Also, we noted that they were advertising a live music performance later in the early evening. We would suggest avoiding live performances in that space given how unforgiving it could be. We’re not sure if the performance was a one of or a regular gig, so proceed with caution on weekend nights.
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 800 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
555 6th Avenue (betw. 15th and 16th Streets), New York, NY 10011