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Perfect for history lovers, this tour of the historical Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan invites you into the catacombs, allowing you to see its pipe organ and venture to parts of the building that are normally closed to visitors. Beat the crowds on this tour and enjoy a personal encounter with this New York landmark.
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Mya wrote a review Nov 2020
Providence, Rhode Island5 contributions
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I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I’m so happy I went! The staff is very friendly and I loved the latte art 💓 all the cats are so sweet 🥺 even the oldest cat Greta was super sweet and made sure to come down to say hello to my partner and I. I had a great time 😊 food is good too!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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alex wrote a review Jan 2020
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Nice staff but too chatty. Cats looks hella sad and there was hair all over the place. They told us to not pick up the cats because it makes them less adoptable because they might get agitated. I understand but describing it as less adoptable is something you shouldnt be telling the public. Just tell people to not pick them up and leave it at that. For the price, this experience made me feel depressed.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mobile232271 wrote a review Mar 2019
Providence, Rhode Island1 contribution3 helpful votes
My family just took a trip to New York and going to Koneko was definitely one of the highlights. It's a very airy and nice space (both the café and the cattery). The cats are a great experience, but you don't have to visit the cattery; if you want you can just sit in the café and enjoy a coffee. One of the cattery spaces is even visible from the café, so you can see the cats currently in that area go about their business. I highly recommend paying a visit to the cattery as well though. There are three areas to the cattery. The first one is the one that's visible from the café section. This one connects to the café and it is the one you enter first when visiting the cattery. It is a medium sized room (just the right size for it to be roomy but still cozy) and when we came, about half of the cats were in there. There are lots of pieces of cat furniture in the room, but there's still plenty of space to walk around or sit with a fluffy friend. All in all, it's a very cozy space. The second cattery area is the outdoor catio (like a patio, but, you know, for cats). This area is the one that you reach when you go out of the door of the first cattery space. As you could probably tell from context, it's outside. It's well-designed, though, so that none of the cats currently in the room can escape to the outside world. The catio is possibly the biggest and/or most roomy of the spaces. There is no cat furniture in this area, so the cats can just roam around and be natural (if they feel like it, of course.) The room has a nice design; there is no ceiling, it opens to to the sky (providing a useful source of excitement to the cats- the birds) so you and the cats can catch a nice breeze. The middle of the catio is at the level of the first landing of the stairs, but the sides are a bit above- see the following image. ------- -------- |_________| The sloped sides provide a wonderful sunbathing spot for the cats, who can peacefully rest on the bare wood boards. You can also climb up onto the sides to pet a fuzzy friend while they're napping. When we came out onto the catio there was only one cat there (but I blame no one for this, because it was a cold day). We did, however, see a neighborhood stray walking along the top, who the supervisor told us came often to socialize with the Koneko cats. The catio is a nice space for everybody- cats and humans. The final cattery space was the room right under the first one. You (or a cat) get there by traveling all the way down the stairs (there is a cat door in every door, so the cats can travel as they please to any cattery room without a human having to open a door for them). The first thing that struck me when we entered this room was the bird television. No, seriously. There is an actual television in the room that has a very well thought out video playing- a looping video (though it's very hard to tell that it's actually a loop) of little birds. This is just so wonderful for the cats, because they can be stimulated by avian life without having to go out in the possible cold of the catio. Like the first room, it's a nice and cozy space, but, unlike the first room, it's a bit bigger and airier. There is a fair amount of cat furniture in the room, but it's not cluttered at all. There are a handful of giant, squishy beanbags that both cats and humans can enjoy sitting on. Some wonderfully designed cat furniture is in the middle of the room, and shelves perfect for a feline friend to sit on in peace line the walls. This is a very comfortable space for everyone. When we came to the third room, the other about half of the cats were in there. Most of them were just chilling out- every cat at Koneko is remarkably calm and relaxed towards humans. Only a few cats in the entire cattery were up and playing, but cats do that at the time we came, so I don't blame anyone for this- and it wasn't even a problem! I think it might actually have been a good thing, because we got lots of time to pet and chill out with the cats (particularly a very sweet kitten named Tintin, who took a very thorough bath on one of the squishy beanbags). The third cattery space is a very nice, relaxing space to be in. And now for a bit about the cats. FIRST AND FOREMOST, they are rescued from kill shelters, which is absolutely wonderful on Koneko's part. Though the price to spend an hour in the cattery may seem expensive, keep in mind that YOU ARE SAVING LIVES. The money you put in also helps feed the cats and lets the cattery stay the nice space that it is a. The cats will thank you. And now moving on from that. The cats are all just so sociable, sweet, and mellow, which they wouldn't be as much if not for the pleasantly strict supervisor (who keeps you from picking them up only to help the cats stay as trusting and relaxed as possible). If you came and your 3-year-old got bitten, it was likely because you let your 3-year-old poke the cat, or pick it up by the "handle" (the tail. Highly unrecommended). If this happened to you, it's likely because your kid is 3 years old, but still... so, anyway. Every single cat was charming (also basically everything about the café). Quite a few of the cats were sleeping, but that was kind of nice, and CATS JUST DO THAT. They are cats. Though we didn't purchase anything from the café, the staff were all friendly and welcoming. Once we came in, there was no delay on being stamped or entering the cattery. So, my point is, Koneko is a wonderful place and if you live near lower Manhattan, you should definitely think about visiting.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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maryanne007newyork wrote a review Feb 2019
New York City, New York265 contributions151 helpful votes
I hate writing such a bad review but this place was terrible. Paid $63 for my husband and me to take our 3 year old to basically just pet one car for 10 minutes. Waited 10 minutes to get a stamp when there was no one there just to go in and see 5 cats. They advertise 18, so not sure what that’s about. The cats were all sleeping except for the one that but my daughter. We were warned that she was sassy and I don’t blame the cat, though my daughter didn’t do anything to provoke it. What I do blame is the establishment for charity such a price to really just pet a cat. The whole thing was just such a sorry state. The toys were worn, the cats were not very friendly and the prices outrageous.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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77MariannaW wrote a review Jan 2019
Greenwich, Connecticut33 contributions19 helpful votes
I love cats and I was a pedigree cats owner for many years. When I learned about the Koneko cat cafe I was very excited to share the experience with my kids (6 and 13 years old). However my excitement quickly turned into a huge disappointment. The opening statement on the website suggests that you can actually hold a cat in your lap. But it’s a false advertising! In reality, rule number one was not to pick up any cat at all. All you was allowed to do is to look at them and pet them without lifting. That was a huge blow… The trip to the Bronx zoo for the entire day cost $21 for a child and $29 for an adult. We paid $60 for one hour to look at the cats! I can’t tell you how disappointing it was not to be able to pet the cat in a normal way. Furthermore, there was someone on the floor supervising your every move…Does it feels relaxing to you to be watched? And finally, we only saw seven out of twenty cats. When I asked where the rest of them they told me that they are roaming free in some back rooms and the cafe owners have no control over the animals display. I don’t know about the food and drinks in this place, but the cat part of this attraction is a total scam.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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