No sign yet is a good signJuly 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM | Posted in Food, Geography, Long Island Syndrome | 12 Comments
Tags: Jack's, Long Island Syndrome, Peets, Starbucks
A new coffee place has just opened in Amagansett, out east on Long Island. New York, for all its great food, has been far behind the West Coast in coffee but I have been hearing good things and from my two early visits to Jack’s I see potential. The first thing I like is that there is, as yet, no sign outside. This tells me that there is no “corporate” involved, no team from HQ with a checklist that’s been tested for the last 10,000. store openings. Now, this does sound like a criticism of Starbucks and it’s not, not really. Starbucks is owed the grateful thanks from all coffee-lovers because they raised the bar throughout US and on this July 4th I want to thank them for that. I want to, particularly, salute the Starbucks on Squirrel in Auburn Hills, Michigan for opening so consistently at 5 AM, welcoming the sleepless and the ones that must have a triple espresso before swimming.
I met Jack on my first visit and he is appropriately wired and thoroughly enthusiastic and he should be as his espresso is beautifully dark and rich and it lingers in your mind. He has taken a locavore stance and the place has an interesting selection of muffins and the like and for each one, his relative’s chocolate chip cookie, for instance, he has a story.
There is work yet to be done at Jack’s: the service is flummoxed in true Hampton’s style and would not be confused with, say, Peet’s in Los Altos and they have the long-behind-the-times habit of wanting to put the half and half in the coffee for you — as in “coffee regular” — and therefore, not having it out on the counter for you. This does give them the ability to hover over you, in true Long Island Syndrome style, to make sure you don’t take too much.
But enough of my quibbling: go forth Jack and make our populace happy and, like you, ever more wired!