Sandwiched between a convenience store and liquor store, it would be easy to miss the narrow storefront of Plowshares Coffee Bloomingdale if it weren’t for the wafting smell of freshly roasted coffee drifting out the door. Named one of the top five coffee shops in New York City by Grub Street, Plowshares is a welcome addition to the Bloomingdale neighborhood.
Opened in 2014, the coffee shop on Broadway between 104th and 105th Street is owner Anthony Kurutz’s first retail cafe. Five years prior to the Bloomingdale shop, Kurutz founded Plowshares as a wholesale coffee roasting business, providing freshly roasted coffee and espresso to cafes and restaurants in and around New York City. Working out of a small roastery in the foothills of the Ramapo Valley in Hillburn, New York, Plowshares sources, roasts, and prepares unique coffees for its growing customer base.
Kurutz has brought his love and passion for coffee to Bloomingdale and has created a place for neighbors and visitors alike to interact. In his words,
“my favorite thing about doing business in this neighborhood has been discovering how many truly talented and interesting people live in our neighborhood.”
The front awning of Plowshares is proudly labeled with the name Bloomingdale, the neighborhood monicker dating back to the Dutch settlement of “Bloemendael” in this area in the 1600s. A resident of the neighborhood since 2000, Kurutz’s favorite local business, other than his own, is Absolute Bagels, just four blocks north of the cafe.
“There has definitely been an uptick in both the variety and quality of restaurants and drinking establishments in the neighborhood in recent years, however the diversity and social fabric that makes the Bloomingdale neighborhood interesting and appealing has remained largely in tact.”
The passion and talent of the staff at Plowshares are evident when you visit — they take pride in their work, preparing and serving consistently great espresso drinks and brewed coffee. During our visit, the barista crafted a picture perfect cortado that tasted as good as it looked. In addition to coffee, Plowshares also offers loose leaf teas, and a variety of pastries from some of the best bakers in the city, including Underwest Donuts, Colson Patisserie, and Ovenly. For those with dietary restrictions, a variety of vegan and gluten-free treats are also offered from Sans Bakery and Bakerlee Bakery.
Don’t miss the Nitro cold brew, a smoother and creamier alternative to regular iced coffee. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and delicious coffee at Plowshares Bloomingdale — it may just become your new favorite stop.
2730 Broadway (btwn 104th/105th)
feature by: Emily Edwards