I got together with my companion Sabra E. at The Gray Dog for espresso when I was around the local area. I picked it for immaculate accommodation, yet it was a charming spot, alright with a clamoring, warm, villeinage vibe. We got a table and requested up at the counter. The barista was pleasant. I got a major mug of cappuccino, and it hit the spot on a drizzly day. I'm not a periodic espresso consumer, but rather I thought it was a decent glass, and I do love me some milk froth. Sabra requested a club sandwich and wasn't excessively content with it. It's conceivable this spot is preferable for espresso over for nourishment. It did feel more like a café than an eatery. Anyway, I was content with The Gray Dog and would visit again in case I'm ever needing an espresso place in this some portion of town. I preferred my cappuccino and had a beautiful time unwinding and making up for lost time with my companion.
Brunch was okay but service was pretty bad. I was a huge fan of the ambiance and the outdoor patio simply for the people watching but the service kinda overshadowed the restaurant in general. I asked my waiter for a refill of water and I'm thinking it must've been during a shift change or something, because my waiter kept walking by my table (obviously pre occupied) focused on cashing out for the evening. You may be able to find better service during the off-peak times but if you're really looking for great service, to accompany a nice brunch then you'll probably do better in Hells Kitchen instead.
This will be one of the last coffee shops that is untouched with "Yuppie Style" sensibilities. No pictures of fake New York hipsters with Hollywood stars on the walls and no retrofitted "biker chrome" decor that infiltrate your senses. Just a simple "get your eggs and coffee" joint with NORMAL people in a normal setting. If your too finicky or too picky about the food, go to the Upper East Side and pay for more style than sustenance. Landmarks food is simple, straight, to the point, and down right good food.