Martha Stewart opens first cafe in New York City

New York City - Queen of entertaining Martha Stewart will soon be brewing up a storm in the Big Apple, reports People magazine.

The prolific cookbook author's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, announced the opening of the Martha Stewart Cafe on Thursday (March 12). It is located in New York City's Starrett-Lehigh building, which is also the company's headquarters.

The cafe's menu was curated by 73-year-old Stewart herself, and includes coffee, tea and pastries. According to reports, it is her first ever coffee shop.

She said in a statement: "I am thrilled to open the Martha Stewart Café. It's a place inspired by my world travels where anyone can come and enjoy a smooth, well-balanced, beautifully handcrafted cappuccino, latte, macchiato, or just plain Americano. In addition, you must try our artisanal teas - they are the finest available anywhere."

The cafe, located in the heart of downtown Manhattan at 601 West 26th Street, will source pastries from several bakeries, resaturants and chefs in the area, including ChikaLicious, Baked, Bien Cuit and Balthazar. It will also serve cold-brewed iced coffee, as well as a custom Martha's Blend coffee, a Martha's Breakfast Blend tea, and Stewart's "favourite" espresso bean from Italy.

So far, the prices seem to be on a par with other Manhattan coffee shops, with most finger food and beverages at or under US$5 (S$6.90).