Great happiness is a good cup of iced coffee in the summertime. This week, I came upon a new delightful cafe—FIKA.
There are many locations in New York City; however, I strode into the aesthetic-styled décor of white bright lights, white tables, and orange chairs at 114 West 41st Street, New York, NY, near Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan.
As I entered, I sensed the Swedish sensibility amidst the metropolitan throngs of tourists and native New Yorkers. I spoke to the barista who was dressed in casual black. “I think I will have an iced coffee.” I said, while listening to the smooth jazz in the background.
“Is this your first FIKA?” he asked in a charming way.
“Yes,” I replied.
“It’s really nice,” he returned cheerfully. I sat at in the retro orange chair, pulled out my book: Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays & Writings on Theater. I began reading his original screenplay of Shadow of a Doubt. Later, I ordered lunch from the menu, the Uppsala (roasted zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, sundried tomato, red pepper, and artichoke spread on a spinach wrap.)
Forty-five minutes passed, and I prepared to depart from the cutting-edge café. The high note was my rich, dark and strong coffee; along with a delicious and healthy meal that was fresh and homemade.
Suddenly, I thought, “FIKA is a unique restaurant, similar to a good book that you would take your sweet time in completing because you are entranced by the experience.”
Catch it if you can at www.FIKANYC.com.