Guy, 40s: I don’t take medication. I don’t need it. I need drawing. I need peace and tranquility. I need coffee! –The Strand
Hip Hop Guy on cell: I’ll just keep my nuts shaved and everything’ll be fine. –Varick Street Coffee guy on phone: I’m not talking about whacking off, I’m talking about fried chicken! –Alt.coffee, Avenue A Overheard by: Dibson Hoffweiler
Female barista to another: Stay away, he's my customer.
Guy: You can't, like, own a customer, dude.
–Starbucks, East Village
Overheard by: Senseful
Heavily accented barista: Vat can I get forrr you?
Customer: I'll have a tall, iced, nonfat latte…I like your accent. Are you from Brazil?
Heavily accented barista: No, I'm from Bulgaria.
Customer: Oh. Is that near Brazil?
Overheard by: *smacks forehead with hand*
Little girl: It smells here.
Father: Oh, like what?
Little girl: Like… Coffee… and… the zoo.
Drunk girl to hipster boyfriend: How come my hair always gets stuck in your mustache?!
Boy: I don't have a mustache.
Drunk girl: You know what I meant, boy! A beard! My hair always gets caught on it! Do you ever get food in there? Or coffee? Do you get a little sick if you sleep with a wet mustache? (pause) Oh, I'm just messing… (laughs at herself) but I hope you've been washing that thing with shampoo and conditioner every day!
Female Asian worker: Wow, so is it free then?
NYPD officer: Nah, it's nine dollars a head, babe. Ain't nothing free in New York, hun, when I come in here you don't give me no free fuckin coffee, do ya?
–Rainbow Cafe, Grand & Essex
Overheard by: mhopkins
Hipster on cell: Dude, yeah, coffee gives me the shits too; but I'd rather have the shits than no coffee.
Overheard by: Madalyn
Poet, selling self-published book on train: We're like Starbucks coffee and biscotti; you're tall and hot and I'm hard and nutty.
–Uptown 6 Train
Overheard by: Marc
Little girl to mother: It's like every single person in the whole wide world came to Starbucks and we were the veeeerrrrryyy last ones.
Colonel Sanders-looking man, in strong Southern accent: I want somethin cold… Whadya git?
Frazzled suit: I just spilled my entire coffee!
Fat man in apron working the counter, pointing to sign: No free refills.
–Coffee Shop, Lower East Side
Overheard by: Danielle
Thug #1 to thug #2, during showing of The Mist: Man, I would've just stayed inside the fuckin' supermarket.
Thug #2: Yeah.
Thug #1: I'd be eatin' all those Doritos an' shit.
–11th St & 3rd Ave
Overheard by: Jojo