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Southpaws On The East Side: Manhattan Cat Café Opens

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Co-founder Emily LeGrande poses with some cat attendee’s. (Image Credit: Andrew Schwartz/NY Daily News)

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

New York City’s first full-time “cat café” has opened to purrs of delight to both it’s human and furry clientele.  Co-founded by Christina Ha and Emilie LeGrande, the Meow Parlour, a typical café with one exception: adorable cats and kittens roam around the guest and welcome all the petting customers are willing to offer.  In fact, the hip eatery is equally catered to its feline clientele and its human guests.  Seating, tables, furniture….everything was designed with the cats in mind including pillow-seats that double as cat beds, plenty of crawl and cuddle spaces, toys and, of course, ample scratching opportunities.  More importantly, all featured cats up for adoption through KittyKind.

As mentioned before the Meow Parlour offers choice sweets for humans but they also feature delectable cat-friendly treats such as these cat-shaped cornmeal and rosemary sandwich cookies.

Meow Parlour catified macarons at the NYC's first permanent cat cafe, opening Dec. 15 on Hester St.

Kitty yummies! (Image Credit: Store Handout/NY Daily News)


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Cat explores the Meow Café prior to their official opening. (Image Credit: Andrew Schwarts/NY Daily News) BONUS: Does this cat look familiar??


For safety reasons, both for cats and humans, all guests-feline interactions are monitored by staff.  LeGrande and Ho hope to have a rotating crew of cats as some are adopted but also anticipate the wonderful benefits to cat-lovers who are unable to adopt.

Come visit their venue at 46 Hester St. between Ludlow and Essex Sts. and visit their website to make reservations:

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  1. Marc-André

    January 8, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    The cat on the left in the first photo was caught in such a cute moment. 🙂

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