This week I’m headed to the archives at Columbia University. I was really excited to leave snowy Michigan, only to learn that it’s going to snow here tomorrow. Alas.

Also, if you have any recommendations for good food spots – especially breakfast and lunch places or coffee shops – near Columbia, leave your suggestion in the comments. Thanks!



  1. Jenn Lena

     /  March 3, 2014

    There’s a new Indian joint on Bdwy and maybe 124 that serves freshly made food–highly recommended (though charmless). Flordida’s down on 125th is a good spot for an NYC experience (cuban coffee and fried plantains, for example). Joe’s coffee in the science building on 120th and Broadway is the best on campus. People like Community Food and Juice on Bdwy and 113 or so for lunch. Hungarian Pastry on 111 and Amsterdam is “the” classic cafe in the ‘hood, but no wifi. Wander down to 8th avenue to get away from students–good food down there, and some cafes.

    • Thanks! We tried Community yesterday and I was reasonably impressed. The lack of cafes / coffee shops near campus is probably the most shocking thing to me, coming from Ann Arbor. I’ll need to up my discussion of our abundant caffeine and wifi in my recruitment pitch.

  2. Jenn Lena

     /  March 5, 2014

    I’m not sure there’s a lack. In addition to the eight I can think of on campus (try Joe’s, but also the one on the 6th floor of SIPA), there’s Tom’s Diner, Oren’s, Starbucks, Hungarian, two really great ones on Bdwy around 124, and Max Soha over on Amsterdam (and 123?). I think it’s anyway the case that we live in a city where insanely great stuff is a short, public transit ride away. Staying near campus is rarely the objective of our students, faculty & visitors.

  3. I didn’t realize how many there were on campus! UM only has a couple, the vast majority are just off campus, so that threw me (having only entered two of the buildings). And definitely true that the campus is not built to be insulated.

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