If, because of the wear and tear of the holiday hustle, you’might be craving a hit of methamphetamine but don’t want to ruin your teeth, health and life, a good alternative is the gourmet quality, highly charged coffee at Swallow (433 Warren Street). In addition to its fulsome flavor, there’s something uniquely powerful but dextrorotory (in medical/pharmaceutical parlance: non jittery) about the buzz just one cup of their brew provides, and the café from which it is dispensed has gained enormous popularity, keeping its always hip-looking customers up way past their bedtimes for a number of years now.
For a month or so the sign at top right has had me scratching my head. After speaking to owner Aaron Dibben, I now have the answer to what it all means: The café will be moving right down the street (hence the arrow and directive) to the space previously occupied by the graphic design company Sorted at 357 Warren Street, a haven of Helvetica lettering. The new locale, Dibben says, will be called Moto Coffee Machine, meaning of multi (but as of yet unspecified) uses, with Swallow a central part in it. (He said that the name change had nothing to do with a suit he and wife Sarah are bringing against a coffee establishment in Brooklyn also called Swallow, and that name will be added to the new storefront window.) As for their still current location, there were hints that the building would become a hotel, with the first floor its lobby, but Dibben says with a smile that he thinks that’s just a little rumor he himself started. – Scott Baldinger