The popular Swedish café Kaffe 1668 has opened its second shop—nine blocks north on Greenwich. At 1,600 feet, it feels much larger than the original. It’s mostly long and narrow, with far more space behind the counter. “We learned a lot since opening the first one,” said Tomas Tjarnberg, who owns the business with his brother, Mikael. Because they can use the basement for storage, they had a lot more room upstairs.
The aesthetic is the same; there’s a lot of wood, from the shelves to the furniture to the floors. The floors, actually, are a holdover from when the space was Siberian Floors’ showroom; the patterns charmingly change every 10 feet or so. Tjarnberg said that an artist is working on an installation involving small paper sheep—I didn’t quite follow how it would all work, but we’ll see in a few weeks when it’s done. In the meantime, those fluffy little sheep are holding court.
The big difference is that this outpost will have a much more extensive food menu (along with the pastries patrons are already familiar with). Instead of premade sandwiches, they’ll be made to order, as well as soups (and, I’m guessing, salads once people start requesting them). They’re still getting things up and running, but the printed menu shows (in faded type) what will be coming: sandwiches such as barbecue pulled pork and braised beef with melted cheese, soups such as spinach wonton soup and Swedish potato leek soup with corn, and even “meals” (spinach pie, Swedish meatballs and potatoes with lingonberry preserves). Lunch items will be available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., while breakfast will feature options such as yogurt and granola. While the coffee program is the same, the teas will be much expanded. There will be 42 teas, all from Le Palais des Thés, once they get through customs. And the beer and wine license is on its way.
Given its location, Tomas expects that the place will be popular with workers from Citi across the street. He should know: He works there, too.
Kaffe 1668 is at 401 Greenwich, between Beach and Hubert; kaffe1668.com.
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