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Let’s Get (Quiet) Coffee

Let’s Get (Quiet) Coffee

Let’s Get (Quiet) Coffee

Sensory Friendly Dining Out

Coffee. Talking over coffee. Does it get any better?

I was going to meet two sensory and on-the-spectrum guys from out of town for coffee. It was a business meeting and I was nervous. I wanted to make a good impression. But most importantly I wanted make sure they would be comfortable.

I couldn’t come up with a quiet place to go in noisy and crowded Manhattan. So a sensory friend-of-a-friend recommended ‪Gregorys Coffee‬ in Midtown Manhattan. We gave it a try.

It had a steady stream of pre-lunchtime customers, the music was not super loud, we sat at a large table and there was enough ‪elbow room‬ – a rare combination in Manhattan.

As a little background, you may not outgrow autism or sensory processing disorder. However you can develop coping mechanisms – including finding sensory friendly environments to handle sensitivity to sounds, lights, touch and other inputs to their senses. Over 1 in 20 children’s daily lives are affected by their sensory processing issues.

What makes a sensory friendly restaurant might not be the same for each person. But variety is the spice of life.

Do you have favorite sensory friendly coffee shops or restaurants? What would be your ideal sensory friendly cafe? I’d love to know what you think.

#Coffee #Manhattan #SPD #Autism #Sensory #NYC #cafes #Restaurants #GregorysCoffee #ASD


Amy Kwalwasser

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Founder of Gezoont

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