8. Black Cat, Lower East Side

Image courtesy Black Cat LES

Black Cat LES is “basically a living room,” says Untapped contributor Apoorva Tadepalli. It’s a neighborhood-driven coffee and tea house inside a dimly lit space that is fitted with comfy seats and vintage lounge furnitures. The brainchild of Aaron Ho, a business owner and criminology professor, Black Cat LES was founded as a community space that brings together like-minded intellects.

With that in mind, the cafe offers an extensive food and beverage menu, as well as free events. Scheduled programs included open-mic events, comedy shows, academic lectures, themed movie nights and even tutoring services. Address: 172 Rivington St.

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  1. “If you’re in the mood to socialize, the coffee shop also offers conservation cards that you can place on your table to help initiate conversation with other friendly patrons.”

    So the conservation cards conserve conversation?

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