We visited the East Village location of Everyman Espresso twice, and both times we found it to be a very relaxed space. During our first visit on a Wednesday afternoon, most people were working on laptops, with just one chatty, but not particularly annoying couple engrossed in conversation nearby. Music played softly in the background and was mostly fine, if unnecessary.
One thing we couldn’t help noticing was that the espresso machine was one of the quietest we’ve heard. We suspect the reason for this is because it’s on the front counter, with the working bits facing the back wall. In many coffee shops, the espresso machine is on a back or side counter facing the seating area. In any event, the coffee-making noises were really manageable and they didn’t feel jarring or startling at all.
On our second visit a week later, the place was nearly perfect. The only thing we would change is to lower the background music, but the noise level is still very low compared to many places. As before, the coffee machines were not a distraction, and the crowd was very relaxed. If the background music were lowered or shut off, the space would be perfect. But it’s nearly there and that’s pretty fabulous.
If you are looking for a comfortable spot in the East Village/Union Square area, Everyman Espresso should be on your short list. There is plenty of seating and the place is pretty comfortable. Throw in very good coffee and great service, and there’s no reason not to go. Recommended.
Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
136 E. 13th Street (betw. 3rd and 4th Avenues), New York, NY 10003