ING Direct Cafe in Midtown East

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

OK, first you're like what? Banking and coffee? Great idea though, hey at least you're thinking about your money while drinking your high quality coffee and minding your budget as well! Makes you feel like a good responsible adult ;) Half the fun of this place is how weird the concept is - a physical manifestation of an online bank that also happens to be a coffee shop that then sells gawdy orange and blue bank swag and let's you use free internet, oh don't we love Dutch?

Also, I think this is the only place I've heard of where all the baristas double as banking consultants. There's no tip jar because they're actually a bank and can't legally accept them, but they can help all help you open an ING account. I got a free drinks for one time because I was having online login issue with my ING account.

Everyone in the cafe are all really, really friendly. I'm guessing this is not without exception, but every time I've been in there I come out feeling buoyed by good feelings and caffeine. I just want to give 'em all high fives all the time. I'm there every Monday, Wednesday and Friday around 1:30pm for an hour. Probably you'll catch me there with my ice cappuccino!

Some of the price list I could think of top of my head are: ice cappuccino $3, large ice coffee $1.50, latte $3. There's more, but that's all I could remember for me. And oh, if you have an ING debit card or buy one of their orange travel mug, everything will be 1/2 off! Outside food are allow! Perfect for a lunch box. Below is the pic when they were having a yard sale of random stuff! Cute!

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  1. They have the best coffee in town, cost a lot less than Starbucks and taste a lot better than Dunkin Donuts. My fav place to visit whenever I'm in the neighborhood. I even become ING's client.


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