I needed a date spot. It was a first date; cafés are perfect for that. I wanted it to be comfortable enough to sit and talk for hours but most don’t fit the bill.
Fortunately, Cafe Pick Me Up is not like most cafés.
Situated across the street from Tompkins Square Park, Pick Me Up is great for people watching … if you can snag an outdoor or window seat. But most of their seating is best described as “cozy” and the padded couches and chairs in the back are really comfortable.
I always felt Pick Me Up was unintentionally named with a double entendre, but that’s probably because I have a longstanding habit of bringing dates there for coffee. (I should probably not have admitted to that on the Internet.) Their coffee and iced tea are good and prices are reasonable, making it a perfect choice.
Quickly deciding that Pick Me Up was the place to go, I made plans to meet there. It was a nice evening and we managed to get a window table and watched people as we talked. I had iced tea; she had coffee. Both were good, not spectacular. We split a brownie which was overwhelmingly average.
But we still lounged around for over two hours. It was just that comfortable.
Our waiter only came to check on us twice after delivering our order which was both good and bad. On the one hand, we weren’t ever under any pressure to order more or leave; on the other, I couldn’t find anyone to get me a refill and a second brownie.
I don’t think we would have stayed at Pick Me Up so long if we weren’t so content with our seating. That really is the café’s best asset. I’ve seen individuals working or reading, couples talking, and small groups sit for hours as they sip hot chocolate and lattes.
Pick Me Up also serves beer and wine and features a full menu, so you can definitely go there for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Café Pick Me Up (145 Ave. A at 9th St.) is fantastic for dates but is also a comfortable place to work or read on your own. Open from 8 AM until 12 AM every day—1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays—you’ll be coming back for a relaxing cup all the time.