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America's first Japanese cat cafe and sake bar
How is it that in the greatest city in the world there’s not one café where you can have a glass of sake with a cat in your lap? Now there is.
Koneko means “kitten” in Japanese, and we take our inspiration from cat cafés in Japan, where the concept has flourished. Over the last decade the cat café phenomenon has spread throughout the world, and now Koneko is America's first authentic Japanese cat café and sake bar.
Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Koneko has an artisanal Japanese-influenced menu, plus beer, wine, and sake – and a big, furry family of 20 adoptable cats. Our kitties roam freely around three cat-centric spaces: The sunlit Upper Cattery, the warm and cozy Lower Cattery, and a first-of-its-kind outdoor Catio. We also have a revolving exhibition of world-class artwork, and a roster of weekly events that celebrate cats and Japanese culture.
Koneko’s central mission is to find loving homes for cats pulled from the city's "at-risk" list by our partner, Anjellicle Cats Rescue. The at-risk list is the last stand for New York City's cats – they are scheduled to be euthanized shortly thereafter. At this point Anjellicle activates its network of foster homes and pulls as many cats as possible from the list. Some of these lucky kitties end up at Koneko, where they're able to be adopted by our guests. We are humbled to be a part of this extraordinary rescue network.
We love cats and want to create a safe, fun, and unique environment for them to hang out with people.
We think there should be a place where people can relax, be inspired, and celebrate cats and their inner Cat Person.
We believe every adoptable cat needs a forever home, and we support the dedicated organizations making that happen.