Meow Parlour: New York, NY, USA
Address: 46 Hester St, New York, NY 10002
Hours: M-F 12-20:00, S/S 11:00-20:00, Closed Wed
Entrance Fee: $6/30 min per person
Big Apple Cats Part I: Review of Meow Parlour
I usually end up with a favorite feline in every cat cafe I visit, but sometimes I fall in love so hard, I find myself wanting to take that special kitty home right there on the spot.
Such was the case with Calia at Meow Parlour.
However, as a full-time traveler, I don't have a home. Such is the paradox of being a kitty loving cat cafe reviewer that spends most of her free time meeting adorable and adoptable cats.
Meow Parlour was the first in NYC and created a non-profit division to manage the sourcing and adopting of rescued cats called Meow Parlour Cats. They have been very successful finding forever homes for over 220 cats as of December, 2017.
The day of my visit, 13 cats were in residence, most new to the cafe. They usually house between 8-15 felines.
Located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, the cafe is next door to Macaron Parlour, owned by same person. Lucky for patrons, the cafe serves these delectable treats along with Counter Culture coffee, both of which I enjoyed immensely.
The facility focuses on feline satisfaction with lots of cat trees, a wall of shelves with cat beds and my favorite, small hexagonal tables with cushioned interiors and glass tops allowing you to see the sleeping kitties inside. The cafe cleverly refers to their cat friendly set-up as 'catified', which I love and am going to steal with pride from now on.
Speaking of cats, I found the residents of Meow Parlour to have sweet and friendly dispositions including Valentina, a lovable black shorthair, Patches, a shy gray and white, and my favorite, Calia, an adorable Calico. I didn't come across Calia until the very end, when a staff member pulled back a display of t-shirts to reveal my precious girl. I rubbed around her head to her approving purrs but the love-at-first-sight clincher was the moment she looked up with eyes that said 'Take me home'
Insert crying emoji here.
I'd like to give a shout-out to the team at Meow Parlour for offering a warm welcome, answering all of my questions and introducing me to Calia.
With charming cats, delicious treats and a variety of activities, including designated children's hours, you'll find many reasons to fall in love with Meow Parlour. Prioritize a visit asap!
Date Visited: 12/4/17