Meet Inwood NYC Business Owners Nichole & Nick of Darling Coffee
Inwood NYC business owners Nichole Frocheur-Lidakis and Nick Lidakis live, work and play in Upper Manhattan. Nick, a long-time Inwood resident, opened up darling coffee on Broadway and 207th St. with his wife, Nichole. Nichole tells us more about the duo’s adoration for Upper Manhattan and the perks of living in Inwood:
Why did you choose to live in Inwood and what do you love about the neighborhood?
Nick grew up and lived within blocks of darling coffee his whole life, so feels very connected to this part of the city. We love all the green spaces to jog around and picnic in our spare time. And we especially love how culturally diverse this northern neighborhood is, offering lots of different restaurants, markets and events.
What is your favorite part about Upper Manhattan? How does it compare to living below 110th Street?
At times the neighborhood feels like its own little hamlet, removed from the action, noise and constant motion of downtown. We're so happy to come home to the quiet streets and familiar faces of our corner of the city.
What is it like at darling coffee?
We strive to make darling coffee a comfortable and welcoming space for everyone to relax and connect with others. Nick and I enjoy cooking and eating tremendously, and want to share our enthusiasm for delicious coffee and satisfying food with others. We try to offer a small but superb range of menu items that change seasonally with regard to different fruits and vegetables.
Why did you decide to open the darling coffee in Inwood as opposed to another neighborhood in Manhattan?
Nick and I were thinking about starting a family and saw Inwood as an ideal place to settle down at this point in our lives. Inwood is close to both of our families, my mom in NJ and Nick's mom in Kingsbridge, and noticed all the other young couples with kids in the neighborhood. We liked all the parks and playgrounds and fortunately the rents are reasonable for decent-sized apartments in Upper Manhattan.
We are very happy to be living in the neighborhood and feel fortunate to have opened a small business in the community, who has been so supportive in our first few months. We look forward to being a meeting place for all and sharing good food and coffee with everyone.
darling coffee is located at 4961 Broadway in Inwood. The shop’s hours are Monday-Thursday from 7am to 7pm, Friday from 7am to 10pm, Saturday from 8am to 10pm and Sunday from 8am to 7pm.
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