The Scoop: Seven Grams Caffe roasts coffee, bakes desserts, and sets the table for a romantic date in New York City. This small business is run by local foodies who are passionate about using fresh ingredients and tantalizing people’s taste buds. The local coffee shop has perfected its takeaway process during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s a great starting point for a picnic date or an anniversary treat. Even if you don’t live in the area, you can order Seven Grams Caffe’s decadent cookies and coffee for delivery.

When I first started making the swiping rounds on dating apps, I resisted the idea of a coffee date with a stranger. “I don’t drink coffee,” I told a litany of disappointed and frustrated guys. “I’d rather have an actual meal and a longer conversation,” I would say with an apologetic smile emoji.

Well, all it took was a few bad dinner dates for me to see the utility of getting coffee (or, in my case, a bottle of water and a scone) for a first date. It’s light, it’s easy, it’s affordable, and it gives each person the option to leave after no more than 15 minutes…or linger for longer than two hours, as I did when I met the guy who became my boyfriend over two years ago.

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Seven Grams Caffe provides a romantic backdrop for first dates.

I’m a convert to the coffee date, and I’m glad to see this type of meet-and-greet is back on the rise as vaccinated people come out of lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions ease in the U.S. 

If you’re on the hunt for a locale for a first date in New York City, then you’ve got to check out Seven Grams Caffe.

Seven Grams Caffe is an independently owned and operated business that focuses on delivering quality tastes from the bakery to the roastery. It has three NYC locations, including a peppy local hangout on Madison Avenue.

The low-key cafe appeals to business professionals in need of a caffeine boost and to couples who are looking for a casual date spot in the city. Many regulars show up day after day, week after week, to add some sweetness to their cups. 

According to the team, “We get down and dirty with our bakes. We hand-make everything from scratch, in-house, using only the finest ingredients, and baking every online order fresh to order.”

Exquisitely Wrapped Boxes of Chocolates for Loved Ones

Seven Grams Caffe is a popular New York City coffee shop and bakery known for its quick service and wholesome ingredients. But the past year has brought many changes to the business. Indoor dining had to shut down completely during the worst of COVID-19, and that’s when the takeaway and catering side of the business picked up steam. 

One enormous strength of Seven Grams Caffe is that its decadent treats are easily packaged and delivered. The online shop offers bags and bundles of baked goods so that loyal customers don’t have to visit the brick-and-mortar store to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Seven Grams Caffe has caused a national sensation as an online cookie delivery service.

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The fresh-baked cookies are available for takeaway and delivery.

The freshly baked cookies are supremely indulgent and worthy of a late-night craving. Some contain melt-in-your-mouth chocolate morsels, while others are stuffed with hearty peanut butter chips, and there’s even a green matcha tea cookie with white chocolate chunks.

Couples can order the assortment to sample the most popular bakery goods. The assortment includes a dozen cookies that feature the four classic flavors that Seven Grams Caffe has perfected over the years. The gift box can be a wonderfully scrumptious gift for the holidays, or it could be a simple but sweet “just because” surprise for a significant other.

The online shop also features the café’s signature house blend and bold brew concentrate. Customers can even bundle their coffee and cookies, just as they would in the café, and recreate the experience of visiting Seven Grams Caffe while staying at home.

“I decided to try the vegan tahini & olive oil dark chocolate chip cookies. Oh. My. God,” wrote David M. in a Facebook review. “So delicious! I also appreciated the thoughtful packaging. Well worth the price, especially with free shipping, no tax, and of course the quality ingredients.”

Other edible items currently available for delivery include banana bread, brownies, and granola bars. These handcrafted snacks are made fresh to order for customers whether they’re in the café or planning a doorstep delivery.

Add a Scrumptious Dessert to Your Next Picnic or Lunch Date

Visiting a coffee shop for a date means you have control over your schedule and location. You can choose the table you like. You don’t have a waiter or waitress interrupting the conversation. And, most importantly, you can stay for as long as you want without feeling rushed, pressured, or unwelcome.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many local cafés have devised grab-and-go systems that allow people even more flexibility. Seven Grams Caffe has an online ordering portal that makes it easy for locals to get their coffee fix or stock up on baked goods without having to wait in long lines inside.

Couples can order their favorite treats from Seven Grams Caffe and then enjoy a socially distanced picnic date — or an at-home date if they really want to escape the bustle of the city.

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The gift boxes allow couples to take some sweetness home with them.

The Seven Grams Caffe menu allows for plenty of indulgence and enjoyment, so it makes sense that many couples use it as a starting point for a casual date.

A bouquet of rich smells can get people’s mouths watering from the moment they walk in the door — even if they’re just stopping by for a pickup — and the friendly atmosphere makes people of all backgrounds feel at home. It’s the perfect place to slow down and take your mind off your troubles for just a moment while you savor a cup of coffee, a chocolatey cookie, and a lighthearted conversation with a date.

What’s even sweeter, many of the cookies are vegan and gluten-free, so people with dietary restrictions can treat themselves at Seven Grams Caffe.

“We roast great coffee, we bake sensational cookies (and cakes, and brownies, but, come on — the cookies), and we take immense pride in being a small, independent business,” the team said. “No investors, no suits, no big corporates. Just a dream, hard work, and a deep passion for what we do.”

Seven Grams Caffe: Where Indulgence Meets Convenience

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in early 2020, experts were quick to predict that the traditional coffee date was done and that video dates would become the new normal from here on out. But coffee dates aren’t so easily dismissed. As vaccination rates have climbed, singles have begun returning to their old routines, favored habits, and beloved haunts. And that means cafés like Seven Grams Caffe are coming back on top.

Seven Grams Caffe has proven wonderfully resilient to these difficult times. Its customer base is loyal, its baked goods are irresistible (and vegan!), and the passionate team continues to push the flavor envelope and discover new ways to get Seven Grams Caffe coffee and cookies into people’s hands.

Over the years, Seven Grams Caffe has distinguished itself as a hub for good conversation and decadent snacks. The team has tested dozens of recipes and put a lot of thought into every flavor and ingredient, and that quality certainly shows.

“The only products that made the cut are ones that made us close our eyes and smile,” the team explained. “We are emotionally invested in every Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Bread, and Financier that leaves our kitchen. We were giggly for a good 24 hours when a customer told us our Banana Chocolate Bread reminded her of home.”