Almost four years ago, on a sunny day in August, I slowly circled my school desperately searching for coffee. I was a freshman in a big city with no clue about the coffee shops I'd embark on. A few months later, I'd inevitably found myself sitting in my school's second floor cafe, which "proudly brews Starbucks Coffee."
As I sat with my then roommate, sipping a watered-down coffee, I overheard a conversation happening at the table next to us. After "shhh-ing" my roommate, I leaned a bit closer to said table.
"It's literally the best coffee in the neighborhood," unknown person A proclaimed.
"The best?" unknown person B questioned.
"Absolutely," A confirmed
Name, Location, Occupation
Gil Sasson; 102 East 23rd Street; Owner, My Way Cup
What's the story behind My Way?
Actually, I was working here for about three years, and the old owner built the place. I liked the concept, so I wanted to keep it. Our thing is customer service. We want to be nice. Give good and fast service. The coffee has to be perfect--great preparation for the lattes.
What are some of your favorite aspects of owning a coffee shop?
Being able to serve people. When people come get coffee--that smile on their face--that's good for me. Having people drink good coffee--not just shitty coffee from any place just to drink it. They really enjoy it. The atmosphere, the coffee, it's fun.
You have a really loyal customer base. What makes the shop so inviting?
I think for a lot of people this is an escape during the day. They come here, we have conversations, some of them even tell us what's going on [in their life]. It's a good escape. Plus, like we already mentioned, the good coffee and the great atmosphere.
What's your coffee order?
I specifically just drink either espresso or black drip coffee.