Italian Caffè in NYC

Since I left NYC over 5 years ago, Italian style coffee bars and small batch roasters have been popping up around the city. When I visit, I look forward to stopping by some of my fav coffee bars and trying out some new ones. Here is a list of the ones that I hit up on my recent NYC trip:

Abraco Espresso 

This phone booth size Italian style espresso bar is an experience. Lines of people queue to knock back an espresso or creamy cappuccino. Owner, Jamie McCormick, pulls perfect espressos while owner, Elizabeth Quijada, makes a mean olive oil cake.

86 East 7th St

Roasting Plant Coffee Company

Carefully selected green beans, small batch onsite roasting and in the moment ground beans equal coffee bliss. Straight-up espresso is my preference here; it is smooth and full-bodied with a caramel hued crema. If you’re not sure of what to order, LES attentive staff gives fantastic advice. 

81 Orchard St; (212) 775-7755

Tarallucci e Vino

Tarallucci e Vino in the East Village is home for me. I spent Sunday mornings gazing out of this glass-walled shop, enjoying frothy cappuccinos and reading the NY Times while the East Village came to life. The baristas turn out consistently tasty coffee drinks. Chocolate biscotti and miniature cream filled tarts topped with berries satisfy any sweet cravings.

163 1st Ave (1st & 10th); (212) 388-1190

Caffè Vergnano  

Caffè Vergnano is the better option of two coffee giants at Eataly in NYC.  Earthy tasting caffè macchiati (espresso with a bit of milk) are adorned with latte art. For an instant, the black marble counter, dome shaped espresso machine and baristas create the feeling of a stand up coffee bar in Italy. Unlike any coffee bar in Italy, NO CAPPUCCINOs are served! Only caffè (espresso) and caffè macchiato.

Eataly; 200 East 5th St




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