With a relatively quick turnaround, the celebrated G&B Coffee inside Grand Central Market, which is one of the most innovative espresso bars in town, has officially opened this morning. With a sweeping 360 counter that serves customers from every direction, the lofty design by Ricki Kline is a pure vision of what owners and founders Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski have wanted in a coffee bar.
If you're looking for a quicker experience, walk up to the bar from the Hill Street side for a takeaway-friendly service (that's the side closer to the street). From the inside of the market, there are now 19 bar stools for those who want to stick around and maybe work for a bit on a laptop.
On the menu remains its batch-brew style drip coffees and pitch-perfect espresso drinks, though you'll also find yeasted waffles with ricotta cheese and jam, or maple syrup. Finally, Clark Street Bread toast with a choice of cinnamon sugar or housemade jam. For coffee nerds, a side section of the bar will be dedicated to classes in the coming weeks.
Finally a note on Ricki Kline's forward-thinking design, which boasts white-powder coated steel and glass cases hovering over the bar, with Carrera marble countertops and sturdy custom stools. Bright neon signs from craftsman Paul Greenstein provide accents while vintage German ceiling fixtures have been modified into table lamps to illuminate the bar.
G&B Coffee is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and until 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday at Grand Central Market.