photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
It only takes one word to sum up this Ukie Village coffeehouse: worldly. Featuring pastries and coffee blends from around the globe, Village Cafe prides itself on its international staff and its diverse customer base. Open since 2003, the cafe attracts everyone from Ukrainians to Polish to American folk, all with the common interest in sitting down for a cup of joe.
Adding to the cafe's ethnic flair, coffee bean bags from around the world adorn the walls, and an ample selection of tables accomodate your reading or people-watching pleasure. Along with freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee, order from an array of inventive espresso creations, from the iced raspberry and cream latte to the almond mocha joy (both cost $4.99 for 20 ounces). Complement your caffeine with a range of edibles all priced to perfection. The cafe serves up one soup-of-the-day and a variety of sandwiches, including grilled cheese ($2.99), tuna salad ($3.99) and a hefty fresh chicken breast on focaccia ($7.99). Top it all off with an ice cream sundae or a French or Greek pastry and you'll have trouble getting up. Good thing the seats are comfy and the music is jazzy; you could make a day of it.
Centerstage Reviewer: Emily Fiffer