Having enjoyed Coffee Bean in Calif., I was happy to welcome the first NY franchise. It is a clean, bright space in a pretty central location (B'way and 39th). I cannot present a complete review as I only sampled food items, having already had 5 cups of coffee. Also, while there were several pastry items on the menu, none were visible when I was there. Maybe they are not on display generally or perhaps they were out owing to the lateness of my visit.
The food options last night consisted of wraps and salads made by Pomegranet (Brooklyn). While the choices were adequate and attractively packaged, it was evident that the items had been made too far in advance. The lettuce in my salad nicoise was wilted. The other ingredients were fine. However, it was impossible to eat with the “spork” that was provided with the salad.
I think that my wrap, “Japanese eggplant,” would have been pretty tasty 10 hours earlier. However, by the time it reached me it had been rendered completely soggy at the bottom (the wraps are standing on their sides in their packaging).
In short, this is not a place to come for dinner. I think it would be a great destination to pick up some breakfast pastry and coffee/tea or to sit with a laptop while having a bite and a beverage. Just limit the pre-packaged foods to the early afternoon.