Kava is Croatian for Cafe.
Kava opened up just south of the Meatpacking and High Line entrance a few months ago. With some really nice espresso makers and a cute spot, it was always on our list to come back to. So on our walk to Hester last week, we stopped in to the Washington Street location. I didn't need a coffee, but it was a great excuse to check out the space (and the garden!).
There is a nice warm glow to the shop. It was hard to capture in pictures. Roman & Williams designed the interior. This is the same group behind the Ace Hotel and the Standard Hotel. The owner, John Saric, is a partner at the Ace and lives right around the corner.
The espresso machines here are pretty high tech. They have the next-generation Strada machines built by Marzocco. Apparently, there are only 3 in all the NYC boroughs, and 2 are here. The other is at the Whitney. They use Stumptown beans (Stumptown is also at the Ace, another great coffee shop). I just had a regular coffee which was ok...not like my Joe, maybe a little weak. I really think I need to have one of the lattes, so will be back. The space won me over.