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Koneko, NYC's newest cat cafe, opens on the LES

New York's newest cat cafe is purrfect.

Koneko, which means kitten in Japanese, opened the first Japanese-style cat cafe in America on Nov. 4. Cat lovers' lives may never be the same.

No, you can't bring your own cat (or your own bottle), but you can enjoy plenty of each in the trendy new space.

Dark gray walls with portraits of cats, minimalist black furniture and a menu of homemade bar snacks and Japanese beers make Koneko feel more like your favorite downtown lounge, but with a major bonus: live cats.

"We created a mixed-use space," said Simon McGown of CO-Office, which partnered with Koneko founder Ben Kalb in creating Koneko. "What would traditionally be a tea shop with some cats in the background became a coffee shop with Japanese pastries and cats," he said.

Those with allergies will be pleased to learn that a sealed-off partition allows visitors to ogle cats without any actual feline contact.

Paw your way over to 26 Clinton St., where adorable kitties from Anjellicle Cats Rescue, tasty pastries and a lengthy bar menu all await.

Take a look around!

There's a big menu!

Breakfast, Japanese snacks and pastries are all available
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Breakfast, Japanese snacks and pastries are all available to nibble on. Coffee drinks by Stumptown, teas by In Pursuit of Tea, and wine, beer and sake are all available. The menu will eventually expand to serve full meals!

There's a daily selection of pastries.

Imported all the way from Williamsburg each day,
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Imported all the way from Williamsburg each day, the sweets combine French pastry technique with Japanese flavors.

In the cafe, walls are decorated with cat art.

Photographers, painters, muralists and more have their artistic
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Photographers, painters, muralists and more have their artistic depictions of cats all over Koneko. If you can't adopt a pet, consider purchasing some cat-inspired artwork, all for sale off the walls of the cafe.

And in the back, the Cattery!

Thanks to city health department rules, the kitties
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Thanks to city health department rules, the kitties can't be near the pastries, so a glass partition separates them from the dining part of the cafe.

There are plenty of adoptable cats to cuddle with!

Reservations to visit with the kitties cost $15
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Reservations to visit with the kitties cost $15 per hour. If you fall in love with a certain kitty, you can apply to adopt it right away!

If you're unsure of becoming a cat owner, browse a handy cat book.

Plenty of cat literature is available in the
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Plenty of cat literature is available in the cafe. Read with a cat on your lap!

Outside, there's an Catio for enclosed, outdoor cat fun.

Let's all hang out on the Catio, STAT!
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Let's all hang out on the Catio, STAT!

Cats get a cat nap at 2 p.m. every day.

Human visitors can also take a cat nap,
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Human visitors can also take a cat nap, away from the cats. Or just recharge with a Cat-uccino.

There's also a lower level!

There's just so much space to play with
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There's just so much space to play with cats! In case you were concerned about your outfit, lint rollers are provided so you don't leave covered in cat hair.

Before you go ... there's a gift shop!

If you're not taking a cat home, at
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If you're not taking a cat home, at least get some Koneko swag. Totes cost $15 and tees are $28.

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