4. The Coffee Shop in the Swedish Seaman’s Church
Like the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, the Swedish Seamen’s Church, located at 5 East 48th Street, was originally a rest stop for Scandinavian sailors starting in 1873. The neo-Gothic building that currently houses the church was constructed in 1921 and was sold to the Church of Sweden in 1978.
Today, the building has its own chapel, library, and coffee shop, which sells delicious $2 rolls and sandwiches, all of which can be enjoyed in the comfort of the elegant air-conditioned library. In the summer, it is open from 10-6 on Wednesday through Friday and 10-4 on the weekends.