Hi-Collar: Fashion-alluding term popularized during the Japanese Jazz Age.
During the daytime, Hi-Collar is a Western-inspired Japanese cafe -popularly known as kissaten - specializing in siphon coffee & Kissaten menu.
At night, the space transforms into Hi-Collar Bar, a place where 'high collars' are abandoned and sake is celebrated.
Day & Night. West & East. Hi-Collar & Chonmage.
New York Magazine: Come for the Coffee, Stay for the Food
"This elegant nook is the only place we know where you can get a cup of siphon, AeroPress, or pour-over coffee fastidiously made by a friendly dude in a workwear kimono and a bowler hat, accompanied by a delicious pork-katsu sandwich on pain de mie with the crusts cut off...."
NYC: First Look At Hi-Collar, A Very Japanese New Cafe In The East Village
"[Tokyo Blend Siphon] was one of the most articulate, well-balanced darkly roasted cups of coffee I’ve ever had, the kind that would make your favorite old-school coffee drinker immoderately happy. And the gorgeous Japanese porcelain it was served in, alongside the delectable savory-sweet munchies it came with, rounded out my coffee experience at Hi-Collar into a real delight..."
Time Out New York Fall 2013 Preview
"Taking its name from a fashion term popular during the Japanese jazz age, this 11-seat coffeehouse specializes in East-meets-West fare. During the day, the East Village spot serves siphon brews made with Porto Rico and Counter Culture blends, along with dishes such as omurice (a rice-stuffed omelette) and katsu pork sandwiches..."
Bedford + Bowery
"...After a quiet test run last week, he(Mr. Bon Yagi) will open Hi-Collar tomorrow in the old Rai Rai Ken space (another Yagi venture, now relocated two doors down). The bar-cafe is a slim portal to Japan’s jazz, or “Taisho,” era, when western fashion and food first made inroads – up to a point..."
"There are a lot of places to get good coffee in New York right now, but a truly great cafe experience is also about the vibe, location, and personalities of the people that work there. With the high-profile openings of a couple of big-time coffee shops in Intelligentsia and Stumptown, plus the onset of iced coffee season, it's time to update the Eater Coffee Heatmap..."
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