Sunday Morning Coffee: The Roost and The Overwhelmed
The Roost Cafe & Bar on 222 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
*This review is not sponsored or in collaboration with any affiliation. All opinions are my own. Due to COVID-19 and most locations being shut down or only service Delivery or Curbside, I will not be reviewing Atmosphere, Quality of Service or Aesthetics unless applicable*
Ordered: Large Latte ($4.50) + Ham & Swiss Croissant ($6.75)= $11.25
Favorite Features: The outdoor seating!! The Roost has plenty of outdoor seating available to customers, they are still not doing indoor seating and for that, I am thankful. There are plenty of places to do work, read a book, phone your family, or just people watch.
Taste: Today I was in a latte mood so I tried their regular latte with whole milk, and I’ll be honest, it was just okay. Nothing too special about it but if you’re in the mood for just a good ole cup of joe, this place fulfills the need. Looking at their menu, they aren’t big on frills and fancy drinks, just simple coffee and honestly, I love that. I will say, $7 for a croissant is a bit much when you consider the latte was only $4.50. But it’s New York, so I’ll take what I can get!
Other: In addition to this location being a cafe and a good reading/working spot, you can indulge an array of alcoholic beverages in the afternoon/evening. They also have a separate food menu with reasonably priced meals for lunch or early dinner.
Student Discount? None
Good morning y’all!
How are we doing this fine Sunday??
This morning’s coffee spot brought us to a little outdoor spot in the East Village, not far from where I live. It was early morning, so the neighborhood was just starting to wake up as I sat down at The Roost’s outdoor seating, and finished a reading on New Coke for my Marketing class. My intent was to be there all day, but to be honest the chairs weren’t that comfortable, so after I finished the reading I took a walk and called my parents.
I’m in the middle of Sorority Rush at NYU right now. I know, I didn’t think I’d do it either, but this pandemic makes you do weird things I swear. So far, I’m not regretting it and I’m actually really enjoying it. Today I have the rest of the first Round Robin section with three more sororities before moving to Round 2. After my walk around the neighborhood and chat with my mom, I went home to get ready for the rest of Round 1, and followed this with more homework...it really just never ends.
Let’s talk about stress and over-doing it.
Life is starting to get to me, I’ll be completely honest. I’m constantly overwhelmed and feel like I’m always trying to “catch up” to everything and everyone around me.
Please tell me I’m not the only one.
But seriously, I have been trying to look at my life in a different light. Now I’ll talk about this more in my In Progress series, but I’ve come to recognize that I’m really kickass.
Like genuinely I’m amazing. Love that for me.
Now I don’t advocate measuring your worth by resume or LinkedIn profile, but when I do look at those things, I have to give myself a pat on the back. In addition to a rigorous major and trying to find a minor that fits with me, I work a part-time job, have two internships, am rushing a sorority, deal with mental health struggles daily, manage strained friendships and a complicated dating life and am adjusting to a somewhat new and chaotic life in New York City, all while still trying to figure out what it is exactly I want to do with my future. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again (or really everyday), I really am living in a Hallmark movie.
On top of all that, I, like everyone else, am faced with the realities of living in this pandemic and the fear of the outcomes of the election in November. It’s a scary time to be a Gen-Z-er in America, especially one in college.
I barely remember my days anymore. I know I’ve been in New York for over a month, but it genuinely doesn’t feel like it. Time flies when you’re stressed the fuck out.
“But Piper, you could easily just knock a few things off your list right? You don’t HAVE to do everything??”
Yes but I’m the self-proclaimed Queen of ~Doing Too Much~, and I really enjoy everything I’m doing and wouldn’t trade it for the world. It just means a little more work and little less time on the weekends for other things.
Trust me, I’m not a person who sacrifices sleep or a good time for school. Definitely not that, never that. I do my morning rituals of stretching, meditation and journaling, and I go to sleep at the same time most nights with just one pop of a melatonin, eye mask and ear plugs. I try to read a little bit of whatever novel I’m currently on (btw, book recs anyone???). I try to stick to a meal plan. I go for walks and try to get some non-artificial light as much as I can.
But yet, it still doesn’t feel like enough. Not when you’re taking 8 classes and need to be reading multiple chapters of your textbooks a day to keep up with your classes. It’s a lot.
On a non-complain-y note I’m figuring it all out. And I’m excited to see what the next few months brings in terms of opportunities (and God, I’m asking again, please bring my soulmate! I’m bored!)
This felt very rant-y so next time I think I’ll tell a story to level it out.
Dad, what are you having this morning?
Sunday Morning Coffee