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All evidence that the storefront on the corner of Bowery and Bleecker Street used to be a Rafe handbag boutique is gone this morning, as indie coffee spot Think Coffee has officially opened in its place. The new cafe is much smaller than their primary location on Mercer Street in the Village, but with full eastern and southern window exposures, it's more airy and makes for excellent Bowery people-watching. There are about 20 little tables with chairs, and a few cozy nooks towards the rear. The drink and food menus are similar to what's available at the other Think, with artisanal cheese plates and specialty wines scheduled to arrive soon; pastries are furnished by various neighborhood bakeries.
Before you gather your paperwork and head to Think for a few hours of cafe labor, though, let it be known that they do not have wireless access...and may not ever. That's right, Think's owner Jason Scherr is still deciding whether the Bowery location will be equipped with free wifi. Their credit card machine is not up-and-running either, but that should be activated within the week.