‘Meow Parlour’ on Hester Street is Your Best Chance to Play with Cats in Cafe Setting

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 at 5:48 am by
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Catching up on some news from yesterday. A permanent cat cafe is coming to the Lower East Side. Yes, this is now a thing. It was only a matter of time before this happened, especially after the success of the Purina pop-up at 168 Bowery over the summer.

Meow Parlour, born and bred by Christina Ha and Emilie Legrand of the popular Macaron Parlour, will debut at 46 Hester Street on December 15. It’ll be a destination where patrons can mingle with the adoptable cats while enjoying snacks and beverages from the Meow Patisserie “around the corner.” Location of the latter remains tight-lipped since they’re apparently still working out the lease.

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Here’s how it works: $4 gets you a half-hour with the felines (maximum of five hours). Food and drink consumption is permitted, but it must be purchased at the aforementioned Patisserie. You can reserve a place online. Cats come courtesy of KittyKind.

We’ll have a dozen healthy and well-tempered cats at Meow Parlour at any given time, all carefully vetted by well-respected rescue group and partner, KittyKind. In order to avoid stressing the cats with too much socialization Meow Parlour also has a secluded environment (which is closed to the public) for the cats to relax. All cat adoptions are executed by KittyKind, pending the submission of an application, an interview, and a home visit.

At the neighboring Patisserie, the team will bake and sell delicious homemade pastries, macarons, Blue Bottle Coffee and Harney & Sons Tea. Chef Christina Ha has grown quite a following at Macaron Parlour, and she’ll bring that expertise to Meow Parlour Patisserie. Visitors to the Cat Club will be able to order treats and beverages for delivery from the Patisserie for no additional charge.

The Meow Parlour is a far cry from the previous commercial tenant at 46 Hester. You’ll recall that this was the former headquarters of CAAAV, which was forced across the street last January due to a rent hike.

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