Koneko (cat cafe)

Koneko ("kitten" in Japanese) is a cat cafe located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.[1] The cafe's format is based on Japanese cat cafes, and positions itself as "America's first Japanese Cat Cafe."[2] Koneko is partnered with Anjellicle Cats Rescue, a non-profit rescue organization based in New York City that specializes in pulling cats from the city's euthanasia shelters.[3] All of the felines at Koneko are adoptable.[4]

Koneko's cattery
Koneko's exterior

Koneko was founded by Benjamin Kalb, a chef who worked previously at Bouley and Momofuku Noodle Bar.[5]


  1. ^ "OMG: New York is getting a second cat café next month". Time Out New York. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. ^ "At a Cat Cafe, Sipping and Purring". The New York Times. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. ^ "anjelliclecats.com". Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ Olivia B. Waxman. "Second Cat Cafe Opening in New York City". TIME.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. ^ "NYC's Newest Cat Cafe Has An Outdoor Garden & Will ALSO Serve Alcohol". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.