||I seem to recall this
chain first popping up in the Times Square area several years back.
Since then they've practically outpaced the original expansions of
both Starbucks and Krispy Kreme in the midtown neighborhood. They've
sprouted like unwanted toadstools to serve the teaming tourist masses.
This one, tucked neatly in the side of the Sony building, is less
of a destination than a desperation grab. For me it was purely out
of sheer starvation that I ducked my head into its rather unwelcoming
space to grab a Thai chicken wrap--the same Thai chicken wrap served
at just about every other chain, including Cafe
Metro and Younameit Bistro. Oddly there's another much more appealing
location a mere two blocks away on Madison. So why go to the annex
of a chain meant to fool gullible Europeans into dropping their hard
earned Lira when you can go to its equally sucky, but better lit,
cousin just up the block? [MF]
Cafe (Midtown East II)