Motorcycles and croissants were made for each other — just ask the Beaujolais Biker Brigade! Now, four local enthusiasts have opened the New York City Motorcycle Federation, a shop that appeals to riders and non-riders alike by selling modified gear as well as Illy espresso drinks and Ceci-Cela croissants. “I don’t want to look like a Teenage Ninja Turtle when I ride,” partner Leila Barratt-Denyer told us of the gear. “I want to look like James Dean.” Further to that, The Wild One, Mad Max, and other biking movies play on a projection screen over the café’s one communal table — accompanied by Pink Floyd, the Doors, and other classic rock. In the spring, the self-described “refueling station” will add more seats via an outdoor café serving salumi, beer, and wine, and it’ll close at midnight instead of at 7 p.m. Doubtful you’ll get loaded enough to buy that $65,000 custom Harley, but who knows — maybe the helmet with the horns on it?
New York City Motorcycle Federation; 259 Sixth Ave.; nr. Downing St.; 212-255-1234