Definitely not a conventional Sydney cafe. New York Metro at Sydney's Town Hall can feel like a time warp into some parts of America, including New York. Needless to say, there are similar cafes operating around this end of the city that share a similar vibe. With the latter, funnily enough they're in York Street.
It is amazing to sit outside among the waterfall area in the warmer weather, where you don't feel like a piece of America has gotten stuck in central Sydney. However inside won on this occasion. The Winter mornings here in Sydney aren't quite warm enough to soak up the Tuscan sun in comparison.
So I sat inside at one of the booths. On first observation they look quite spacious, yet when you sit down it feels crowded, unless you're sitting in a double booth. However, it is easy to settle in here relatively quickly. It is not easy to find a cafe that is carpeted either. Although quite plain (yet comfortable) in ambience, and this feels as if mirrors are looking at you everywhere. The service (on the other hand) is quick and welcoming.
I opted for their breakfast special, where you can choose from a variety of different breakfast options from bacon and eggs, muffins and banana bread to even a vegetarian breakfast. A serving of coffee or tea is also included. A serve of blueberry bread, and a standard cafe latte ($7.90) was the order of the day. This combination hits the spot if you aren't overly hungry.
My coffee arrived first. At first glance my latte was overly frothy at the top. Any more froth and the coffee would come much closer to being a cappuccino. Not the best coffee I have enjoyed in the city, yet it kick-started my Thursday morning. The brew was hot. With two sugars, my latte was delightful.
Now to the blueberry bread. It could have done with a few more little blueberries, otherwise the bread arrived hot at the right temperature. The butter could have been a bit warmer, and then the butter would have immediately melted on my bread. Nevertheless I was satisfied.
I had to asked what type of coffee came with the breakfast special. The reason why I had to ask because instant coffee came to my mind. Pots of coffee that is visible in the pot where waitresses come around and pour you top ups. I am not a fan of instant coffee, so it was pleasing to have received an espresso brew as part of their breakfast package.
It was pleasing to find staff members saying "you're welcome" back to you. It adds the personal touch. For a breakfast pit stop either alone or with one other person, New York Metro Cafe is the perfect choice. You feel special for a moment, however not in an over the top kind of way.