Not only is the coffee perfectly roasted and prepared at Irving, but it's a great place to sit for a couple of hours to write, read, or chat. It gets super busy during the day, but if you get there early or after 5ish, it mellows out a bit. The back room is nicely lit by a skylight and there's a cute two-table nook that's cozy and quiet.
The baristas are true coffee artisans that care about how they make and present the espresso drinks. The pastry case is filled with various goodies from different bakeries including Balthazar's. They also serve hearty salads and sandwiches if you're in need for a bite to eat.