While in New York Jess took us over to McNulty’s Rare Teas and Choice Coffees. This is a place that has been open since 1895, so 117 years! It’s tucked away on Christopher Street, near Hudson, and though I didn’t work or live far away, I don’t remember ever seeing it. What’s more, Jeannette was not familiar, and she usually knows about everything. Ted told me that he can remember coming into the city with his dad when he was a kid and they’d always go to McNulty’s to get coffee and then go next door to the tobacconist to pick up tobacco for his dad’s pipe. And now this is where Ted and Jess get all of their coffee. Pretty cool.
Inside McNulty’s is tiny, tiny, with walls lined from floor to ceiling with teas and coffee and all of the accessories needed to brew them. It reminded me a bit of Porto Rico, an old coffee store in a much more visible Bleecker street location. I’d visited this store a few times because it was just a couple blocks from my old apartment. Porto Rico is just about as old as McNulty’s but who doesn’t like to find the hidden gem on Christopher Street?
I picked a few things I wanted to try from the coffee menu. A Kona, a couple I had at Jess’s house and then the older man, the expert, behind the counter made a suggestion for me. I bought four half pound bags, which I thought was a good sampling. Can’t wait to dig into these new brews!
P.S. Yes, I did think of Jimmy every time we mentioned McNulty’s.