Cat lovers rejoice! Now you can get your kitty fix anytime, thanks to the abundance of cat cafes that are opening up across the city. Here are four places you can drink a cup of Joe, spend quality time with your favorite feline, and even walk home with a new pet. By Carly Petrone.
46 Hester St.
New York, NY
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Head over to Hester St. and stop into the Meow Parlour for a treat at the Patisserie (located around the corner) and a nuzzle with your favorite feline. Rent time to relax and pet these furry friends for as little as half an hour, or set up shop with your laptop (for up to 5 hours) and find out how many naps these cats actually take. They’ve even got fun, cat-centric events, like “Cats & Comedy” with hosts Victoria Hoffman and Molly Kornfeld, Yoga & Kitties classes, as well as designated time slots for groups under the age of 10. You can also shop for meow-valous swag, like t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts and tote bags. If you can’t seem to part with your favorite kitty, ask about their adoption process – they’ve teamed up with KittyKind, an all-volunteer and no-kill rescue group. See website for hours and rates.
26 Clinton St.
New York, NY
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Now you don’t have to go all the way to Japan to experience a true Japanese cat café. Head downtown to Koneko (which means “kitten” in Japanese) and enjoy a Japanese-influenced menu plus beer, wine, and sake. Oh yeah, and there’s also roughly 20 adoptable cats roaming around in three cat-centric spaces. There’s a sunlit Upper Cattery, a warm and cozy Lower Cattery, and a first-of-its-kind outdoor Catio. Make sure to check out the walls, as there is a revolving exhibition of world-class artwork. They’ve also partnered up with Anjellicle Cats Rescue, a center that tries to find foster homes for cats that are designated on the “at-risk” list. Make sure to stop in on Thursday and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to enjoy Kitty Brunch. This includes picking an item from the breakfast menu, a beverage of your choice, as well as admission to the Cattery for $25. See website for hours and rates.
40 Grand St.
New York, NY
You guys, you can have afternoon tea or a fun movie night with unlimited popcorn and big cookies (BYOB) in a cat sanctuary! Just make a reservation at Little Lions, the adorable cat café located in the heart of SoHo. If you’re feeling blue, they’ve got the cure – play and spend time with adorable rescue cats in their tranquil environment. If you feel like being adventures, sign up for their hour-long “Cats on Mats” yoga class on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Kids can get in on this furry action, if they’re accompanied by an adult. You don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite new friend – all of the cats at the café are adoptable. See website for more details as well as café hours and rates.
Brooklyn Cat Café
149 Atlantic Ave.
It’ll only cost you $5 to meet your new best friend. Stop into the Brooklyn Cat Café and enjoy 30 minutes of playtime with some seriously cute felines. There are plenty of weekly events that center around these furry little guys. Try out Sunday Stretch & Snuggle with Jessi, a kids Cats & Crafts on every third Saturday, as well as Home Health Care for Cats classes with Anitra Frazier. If you want to help these adoptable cats, there are plenty of ways to do so – from contributing to the emergency dental fund to donating to the cat café itself. Learn more here.