Chinese Mirch Launches Second-Floor Coffee Shop

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See you at the Crossroad (coffee shop, that is).
See you at the Crossroad (coffee shop, that is). Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Faced with a recent rent hike, Chinese Mirch owner Sienam Lulla decided to shift gears at the 11-year-old restaurant. Half of the Murray Hill dining room has closed; starting this week, the Indian-Chinese fusion will still be served on the ground floor of the space, but the second floor will become Crossroad NY, a café serving Intelligentsia coffee, pastries from Balthazar Bakery, and perhaps most significantly, sandwiches devised by Morris Grilled Cheese.

See you at the Crossroad (coffee shop, that is).
See you at the Crossroad (coffee shop, that is). Photo: Shanna Ravindra

In keeping with the cross-cultural theme that’s defined the space for more than a decade, there are a few unusual features: One coffee drink is infused with green cardamom, and forthcoming monthly specials will involve other spices in the future. The melting-pot aesthetic also carries over to melting cheese, too: One of Morris’s sandwiches on the Crossroad NY menu is made with Edam, Brooklyn Cured chicken-garlic sausage, tikka masala, roasted Brussels sprouts, and garam masala brown butter.

Crossroad NY, 120 Lexington Ave., at 28th St.; 212-532-3663