OPENINGS: Interlude (9.12.18)
One of the newest coffee spots to hit the Tribeca scene is Interlude, located at 145 Hudson St. To find out what makes it so unique, we spoke with Josh Kim, Owner, to learn what you can expect...
What can locals expect at Interlude?
Locals can expect high quality coffee and tea, always served with exceptional customer service. Almost all of our baked goods are made in house. They’re always made fresh and are usually based on familiar classics with a little twist. We are partnering with The Urban Larder to develop some fresh grab and go food options that will be released soon as well!
What makes Interlude unique?
We splurged on our ice machine and got one that produced large solid cubes so that our drinks wouldn’t dilute as quickly. We take the time to measure out our tea and adjust the temperature of the water and steep time to produce the best flavor. We also go through the trouble to bake almost every pastry item in-house so that we could ensure freshness. Our chai concentrate is made in-house so that we can control the spice to sweetness level. These are just a few ways that make us unique, but essentially it comes down to us paying attention to every little detail and putting in the extra effort to produce products that we’re proud to serve.
What's your go-to menu item we should know about?
The matcha tonic is one of our signature drinks. The acidity, sweetness, and bitterness from the tonic pairs really well with the grassiness of the matcha. It’s a light and refreshing drink that’s perfect for a hot day when a milk based drink might feel too heavy. We have a unique method of making our iced coffee as well and it has become one of our best sellers. Instead of making cold brew, we take our hot drip coffee, flash chill it in under 30 seconds, and flush out all the oxygen to preserve all the flavors that can get lost with other brewing methods. We also have a Nitro Brew, where we take our Flash Brew and infuse it with nitrogen gas. The coffee takes on a creamy texture and slight sweetness from the gas without the need to add milk and sugar.
What inspired you to open Interlude in Tribeca?
I focused my search on areas that had a good mix of residential and commercial units that weren’t saturated with coffee shops. TriBeCa was one of the neighborhoods that fit what I was looking for. I was immediately drawn to it because of how beautiful the architecture in the neighborhood is. After two years of searching, we finally found a space that had tons of natural light and high ceilings in a great location.
What's your official hours?
We are open 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 8 am to 6 pm on weekends.
What are your other favorite neighborhood spots (besides Interlude, of course!)?
We go to Il Mattone a lot because it’s around the corner from us and the food is great. The people are so down to earth and we love supporting other small family businesses. Arcade Bakery has been a favorite from even before we opened the cafe. They must be one of the best bakeries in NYC. The Oden is also a classic in Tribeca, but is still matched with a great level of hospitality and food.