CJ and I might be considered mildly (very) fanatical when it comes to anything Harry Potter. And because we don’t have the opportunity to go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London or head over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed areas in Universal every day (but a girl sure can dream), we like to soak up any bit of Harry Potter that we can. Enter the new pop-up shop called Steamy Hallows, brought to you by the same team that created the Beetle House bar inspired by Tim Burton’s films.
Steamy Hallows is a Harry Potter-themed coffee shop located in the East Village at 514 (and ¾) East 6thStreet, between Avenues A and B. It is quite small, so while there are a couple of stools to sit on, I would take your brews to go. Even 10 people in the shop at one time make it feel like you’re in Devil’s Snare! And while you won’t see any physical Devil’s Snare in your midst, you will see other nods to the Harry Potter series, such as a bubbling cauldron and the ceiling of the Great Hall at Hogwarts.
The décor is borderline Halloween party themed as opposed to the magical world of Harry Potter, but what you are really there for is the drink. CJ absolutely loved the butterbeer-inspired “butterbrew”. The coffee was of good quality, very full-bodied and not bitter. The butterscotch cuts through the coffee nicely, which leaves a sweetened buttery aftertaste. Steamy Hallows offers their butterbrew as an iced or hot coffee, depending on your preference. Rather deliciously creamy already, it is topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of stars and sparkles.
I myself had a butterbeer cookie, which had the same sprinkling of stars and sparkles and was an absolutely deliciously soft butterscotch cookie. I would highly recommend. (I actually wish I got more of the cookies!)
Note that the butterbeer coffee was $7 and the single little cookie was $6, so it all depends on what you think is worth the price, but the food and drink do not disappoint and the staff is extremely friendly.
For more information, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steamyhallows/