Bayside, New York
September 19, 2001
Student notices and things of interest to the college community are posted all over the walls.They also feature photographers and artists on their walls which is a nice way to subliminally get culture as you "caffeinate" . There are board games to be played here while you have your Java. Despite word to the contrary, I found the bathroom to be quite clean.
I had a grande latté with biscotti and Michele opted for the Earl Gray (I'm so proud of her to have acquired that tea taste!). The staff is quite friendly and articulate if you can get past the face jewelry, and the hair colors that continue to shock after first glance. There was no canned jazz music, but music that was rather upbeat; as my daughter and I warmed our bodies with the liquids, we needed to keep our freshly tattooed arms uncovered so that they could dry properly.
Their menu goes beyond the scones and croissants to include variety of cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls and pastries which are baked fresh in the store. Bagels and sandwiches round out the menu, and a myriad of drinks aside from the coffees and decafs. A variety of teas, including the healthy Yerba Mate, which is enjoyed all over Latin American as a tonic. You can also purchase their whole-bean coffees to take home.
Espresso Royale is a chain of stores with a focus on the college campus denizen. I found the quality of the coffee to be excellent, and they are even dearer to my heart because I can get raw sugar there as well. If you're looking for friendly, unpretentious, this is a great place to slurp your caffé latte.
From journal Boston Beckons