It appears that a coffee chain is trying to get into the boutique cafe scene up by the 157th Street stop on the 1 Line. Tips have come in that Caffe Bene is now set to open right next door Taszo which is one of the best independent coffee shops to be found uptown. There are a few Caffe Bene's in the city already and all have extremely corporate looking signage but the interiors are little more thought out than that of a typical Starbucks. With that said, we kind of think this would have done well down on lower FDB or even 125th Street but the higher rent demands down south are probably having some of the chains look even further north for better business opportunities.
Our best bet would still be with the local guy at Taszo (the owner lives around the corner) which will outshine whatever any chain brings to the table: LINK