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“Ah, you’ve made it just in time.” The man at the counter says to me. He is wearing a tweed cap and skinny jeans-a tell tale sign I’m in the East Village drowning in the sea not-so-starving hipsters that flock just east of Tompkins Square Park. “You’ve got three minutes left for happy hour tonight. I’ve got a bold red from France for you or a light, crisp white wine from California. What will it be?” I don’t know much about wine, but I do know that I like red wine, especially for $4 a glass. “This red isn’t too dry or overpowering. It’s mild enough and leaves a bit of a fruity taste on the palate.”  This guy could be B.S-ing me, or he actually may know his stuff. I choose the red wine and realize it was the right decision two sips into the glass.

OST cafe (441 E. 12th Street at Ave. A) isn’t just a place to grab a glass of wine in the evening, it’s a glorious coffee shop perfect for conversation, cappuccinos, and quiet amongst the roar of NYC.

When to go: coffee during the day or the night, it’s the perfect place to have a glass of wine with friends for happy hour from 5-8pm (most places end at 7p) daily.

What to order: a latte (OST serves BlackCat espresso), and make sure to grab one of their infamous Westville Nutella chocolate chip cookie sandwiches ($3) that sits on the counter in a big glass jar.

Tip: no laptops are allowed in the cafe after 5p.

Price: typical prices for coffee ($2-4), pastries are $2-4 dollars as well. If you make it for happy hour, wine is $4-8 dollars a glass (!!!), order a cheese plate for $20.

Hours: Weekdays 7:30a-10p, Weekends 8:30a-10p