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Topic: Espresso in NYC (8 msgs / 289 lines)
1) From: Spencer Thomas
Searching the archive didn't come up with anything useful, so I throw
this out to the collective:
I'll be in NYC for a meeting next Monday.  Since it's a flying trip
(in and out the same day), I'm looking for a good coffee shop near 5th
Ave and 21st St.  Any pointers will be appreciated.
I did read a recommendation for "9th St Espresso", which is too far
south for me. Google local search on 9th St Espresso also found "Joe
the Art of Coffee".  There's one of those within striking distance
(13th St and 5th Ave).  Does anyone have experience with this place
and can you recommend or disrecommend it?  It seems to have good
reviews in the mainstream press, anyway.
Thanks!
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2) From: Spencer Thomas
Replying to my own message, since nobody else did.
Yesterday morning, I had my cab drop me off at 13th St and 4th Ave
(closest we could easily get, due to construction).  I walked over to
Joe The Art Of Coffee at 9 E 13th St.  This is almost literally a hole
in the wall cafe.  The whole thing might be 20 feet wide.  Definitely
NOT handicap accessible, either.  Anyway, I started with an espresso
and a neat little cranberry raisin whole wheat bread loaf (a whole
loaf about 1.5 x 3 inches).
The espresso half-filled the china cup.  I couldn't see the pull, but
it looked good with a dark layer of crema, and it was sweet, not sour
or bitter with a mouth-filling flavor.  Definitely one of the better
espresso shots I've had in my life.  I sat at one of the tiny tables
to drink my espresso and eat the bread.  Then I went back through the
line to get a cup of coffee to take with me for the morning.  The
coffee of the week was from Kauai.  It was a nice cup, fruity and
floral, with low acidity.  Not a great cup, but it tasted fresh (both
bean-wise and fresly brewed) and satisfied me.
They've got two locations on Manhattan -- the one I visited on 13th St
(just east of 5th Ave), and one on Waverly Place in the Village (which
I didn't visit).  I think the Waverly Pl. shop is their main
location, so it might be a little bigger. :-)  The neatest feature of
the 13th St. shop was a ladder leading up to what looked like an extra
seating area in a sort of loft.  I guess when real estate is that
scarce and expensive, you use whatever space you can...
If you find yourself in the neighborhood, I'd recommend them.
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3) From: Woody DeCasere
Cool thanks spencer sounds like a winner
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4) From: Thbull
I too searched the archives and only came up with this NYC post...
Looking for recommendations for next week, a one night stay. I'll be
staying on 44th street and MIGHT have some free time to get to a good
shop.
tia,
Thbull 'flying East for work'
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5) From: Sandy Andina
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Most of Manhattan is a vast wasteland when it comes to quality  
coffee. The better joints--exc. for 9th St. Espresso--are in  
Brooklyn:  Gimme Coffee in Williamsburg and (several notches down)  
Gorilla in Park Slope.  There's another place in Greenpoint, but the  
name escapes me right now. Used to be a roastery, "Classy  
Coffee" (awful name!) on 4th Ave. in Bay Ridge, but I don't think  
they're still around. Porto Rico Importers in the Village and SoHo  
can be good if you catch their freshest beans, but most of their  
stuff is stale and sits out in open barrels, and their baristas are  
hit-or-miss.  (I did manage to score some amazing El Salvador  
Maragogype and P.R. Yauco Selecto in Aug. '05 two days post-roast,  
though, and their prices are good for roasted coffee if you happen to  
run out of your homeroast on vacation). AVOID Sbarro's espresso at  
all costs--they're utterly clueless!
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Most of Manhattan is a vast =
wasteland when it comes to quality coffee. The better joints--exc. for =
9th St. Espresso--are in Brooklyn:  Gimme Coffee in Williamsburg and =
(several notches down) Gorilla in Park Slope.  There's another place =
in Greenpoint, but the name escapes me right now. Used to be a roastery, =
"Classy Coffee" (awful name!) on 4th Ave. in Bay Ridge, but I don't =
think they're still around. Porto Rico Importers in the Village and SoHo =
can be good if you catch their freshest beans, but most of their stuff =
is stale and sits out in open barrels, and their baristas are =
hit-or-miss.  (I did manage to score some amazing El Salvador =
Maragogype and P.R. Yauco Selecto in Aug. '05 two days post-roast, =
though, and their prices are good for roasted coffee if you happen to =
run out of your homeroast on vacation). AVOID Sbarro's espresso at all =
costs--they're utterly clueless!
On Oct 3, 2006, at 10:15 =
AM, Thbull wrote:
I too searched the archives and = only came up with this NYC post... Looking for recommendations for = next week, a one night stay. I'll bestaying on = 44th street and MIGHT have some free time to get to a goodshop. tia,Thbull 'flying East for work' On = 3/2/06, Spencer Thomas <spencer.w.thomas&= gt; wrote: this out to the = collective: I'll be in NYC for a meeting next Monday.  Since it's a flying = trip(in and out the same day), I'm = looking for a good coffee shop near 5thAve and = 21st St.  Any pointers = will be appreciated.I did read a recommendation for = "9th St Espresso", which is too farsouth for me. = Google local search on 9th St Espresso also found "Joethe Art of Coffee".  There's one of those within = striking distance(13th St and 5th Ave). = homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = --Apple-Mail-56--947950982--

6) From: Leo Zick
you pretty much summed it up.
avoid the chains (starbucks, kobricks, etc).  personally, for brewed  
coffee, id pick a street vendor over any of these places, and a small  
only costs 50-75cents. :)
if you have time, take a subway to arthur ave in the bronx, youll get  
some decent coffee. not fresh, but most places (and there are quite a  
few caffes) have good italian beans like lavazza vicere, or miscela  
d'oro. since the supplier there, cerini, gets continuous shipments  
from italy, its at least somewhat more fresh than supermarkets.
obviously, the food is quite good as well. :)
Leo (on 42 st)
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7) From: John Blumel
On Oct 3, 2006, at 11:15 am, Thbull wrote:
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I think the main problem with 9th St. Espresso would be that it's way  
over on Ave C, which is pretty far East.
There is a place called simply "Joe" at Waverly and Gay, which has  
been well reviewed on alt.coffee (I haven't been there), and which is  
just off (West of) 6th Ave. (Waverly would be 6th or 7th Street,  
depending on which direction you count from, but the grid sort of  
breaks down in that area.)
 From 44th St., The best way to get there might depend on which  
Avenue you are closest to.
 From 6th Ave & 42nd St., you can take the B, D, F or V downtown to  
West 4th, and exit to the street at the back end of the train. You  
should then be at the NW corner of Waverly and 6th Ave., outside the  
Waverly diner, and Joe would be just a few steps away to the West.
It's also not too far from the 1 train at Christopher St.
John Blumel

8) From: Angelo
My favorite is  "Sicaffe" on Lexington Ave, between 70th & 71st... 
The beans are fresh-roasted in the store..and the baristi are proud 
of their skills. I believe they have another shop downtown, somewhere.
Also on Lex., a couple of blocks uptown is Oren's Daily Roast. They 
claim to roast their beans every day, but nothing is labeled. The one 
thing I don't care for is that they serve their coffee (including 
espresso) in paper cups (yuck!!)
You're better off in Sicaffe. The atmosphere is more European and relaxed..
Be warned: They close by 8 PM
Angelo
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