By Terry Trucco
Coffee unleashes strong passions. For everyone who swears by Starbucks there’s someone who would rather choke than order up a Grande anything.
Bean lovers probably feel just as strong-minded about Portlandia’s Stumptown brew, which if nothing else, is a lot more exclusive. (Translation: it’s harder to find.)
But one midtown Manhattan hotel offers an unexpected patch of neutral ground. Starbucks occupies a corner storefront at the Park Central Hotel, a 1920s brick pile, in the final throes of renovation, where Eleanor Roosevelt once kept a suite. And next door to Starbucks is Tisserie, the retail outpost for a bakery that supplies croissants, muffins and other French pastries to hotels throughout the city. The house brew? Stumptown. (more…)