In the space formerly occupied by not-so-great Thai restaurant Spice has opened Recess. The cafe offers abundant seating, glass windows facing out onto University Place, air conditioning on full blast during these hot weeks, and fro-yo on the menu. Fresh baked goods are supplied by Sensible Edibles. I've heard much about the smoothies, but it was the "Chai Zing" ($3) which sounded most intriguing. "The 'zing' comes from the espresso," volunteered the boy behind the counter. The drink was a wake-me-up indeed, coupling both chai and espresso into one chilly concoction. Not too bad at all.
60 University Place, New York NY 10003 (map)