Cat Café Is Serving Up Wine With Kitty Companionship

You can get your kitty and wine fix in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at Koneko, the cat café.

While a fairly new idea in the United States, cat cafés have performed quite successfully in Japan for years. There are  other cat cafés located in the Lower East Side serving up coffee to cat lovers; however, Koneko is the first to serve alcohol to its customers.

Koneko, which means “kitten” in Japanese, allows guests to order from a Japanese-themed menu of  snacks, coffee, beer, wine, and sake. While cats are not allowed in the café area due to Health Department restrictions, customers can take their drinks and /or snacks to the Cattery in the back to relax and enjoy some time with the friendly felines.

All the cats “employed” by Koneko are adoptable. The café works with non-profit Anjellicle Cats Rescue to bring in “at-risk” cats that are in danger of being euthanized. Koneko also sells many of its pet supplies, and has a revolving exhibition of kitty art with proceeds going to their shelter partners.

As there are no shortage of cat lovers, the Koneko website recommends that you book a reservation ahead of time. Walk-ins are still welcome, as people can always spend time in the café watching the kitties through a window if there are no spots available in the Cattery.

If you have interest in some kitty and wine time, Koneko café is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7am to 10 pm, and Fridays to Sundays 7am to 12am. The Cattery is open Monday, and Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 9pm (but closed 2pm to 3pm for cat naps.)

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