I've always been a fan of La Colombe, having spent my college years in Philadelphia (where I believe it got started) - their ornate signature cups and saucers are a familiar and welcome sight for me. I think La Colombe might have been my first brush with serious and good coffee. I was guzzling down 24oz cups of hazelnut coffee from Wawa at the time, but I finally got to see what was out there in the coffee word. Anyway, I definitely have a soft spot for it. As soon as I saw the newest location (on Lafayette and East 4th ish), I knew I had to go in with a camera (specifically the Canon 1V with Portra 400 here).
Not pictured are lovely terrarium bowls on some of the bigger tables. See a tiny snippet here. The hammered metal spoons (see link) are insanely lovely, but a little bird told me La Colombe had bought every last one of them from Fish's Eddy! So none left for us sadly.
The chic girl in the cloche you see is my coffee date, Kathy. I had been following her blog for years (literally since 2006 - it was in fact one of the first food blogs I had ever come across), and we finally met through Serious Eats. Ah worlds collide. :)