The idea behind Toby’s Estate’s newest location — its third in New York — is that the coffee shop resemble a West Village townhouse. After all, it’s housed in a landmarked building that was constructed in 1921, and it was once used as a collaborative working space for artists. Now the design of the 600-square-foot café strikes a balance between the warm, cozy coffee houses of the ‘90s and the austere, industrial aesthetic in third-wave spots like Stumptown and Blue Bottle.
There’s a communal table (and Wi-Fi!) in the center of the room, and a seating nook with a velvet sofa that’s actually comfortable. Wooden tabletop seating overlooks a large window, which is particularly nice because Toby’s has a corner space on Charles Street and Seventh Avenue. Even the finishes are immaculate — reclaimed oak-wood flooring, hand-painted Moroccan tiles, polished concrete countertops, white marble, and vintage barn lights. Really, no detail has been overlooked, down to the floral teacups, neon chairs, and, of course, a fully customized La Marzocco Strada EE espresso machine with natural walnut and gunmetal. Take a look: