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Topic: decent espresso in NYC area (49 lines)
1) From: Sandy Andina
In NYC (actually, western Nassau County) this week visiting family in  
Queens and a friend in Brooklyn.  Had so-so espresso in Long Island  
City last night (will not "out" the restaurant, a moderately priced  
casual-elegant place with a "river view" if you get the hint) from a  
superauto that apparently was programmed over the internet and for all  
I know may even have used pods.  Yesterday afternoon, had a decent  
cappuccino at Uncle Baccala's in Garden City Park (Marcus Ave. at  
Jericho Tpk.)--dunno what they used, but the microfoam was dense,  
sweet and very finely textured (almost mousselike), and served with  
rock candy on a stir stick.  This afternoon, the cappa at Legal Sea  
Foods in Roosevelt Field Mall was forgettable (bubble-bath foam,  
served in an Irish-coffee mug). Tonight, though, had a very nice  
double ristretto (marred only by the thin-porcelain straight-sided  
cup) at Fratelli Ristorante on Mulberry bet. Canal and Grand, and a  
very good cappa at Pasticceria Ferrara around the corner on Grand  
(yeah, I know it's a tourist trap but a tourist trap with pastries and  
gelati to die for......if they don't kill you first).  Used the latter  
to wash down a baba ricotta as big as my head, dripping with rum (even  
the whipped cream garnish was floating in rum) to the point where I  
began to get a hangover as it wore off (bless Tylenol Rapid Release  
gelcaps).  My recollection may be tainted by "seniority," but when I  
was younger, the "rum" they used to douse it with was rum-flavored  
syrup; but this time, it was definitely the real thing. Back to  
coffee--they used Danesi, ground in what looked like a Super Jolly  
with a huge polished brass new 4-group (couldn't see what brand).  
Fratelli was using a 2-group that appeared to have some miles on it,  
but the barista knew what he was doing.  (In Little Italy, bad  
espresso is a grave offense, and pod usage is probably punishable by  
death).
I have had my fix, and can hold out till I get home Thurs. and fire up  
Silvia (assuming I *can* get home--Thursday's forecast for Chicago is  
rain/snow/ice mix).  If O'Hare and Midway are closed and JetBlue will  
issue a refund, we may take the train home if we can get a sleeper  
compartment.  Never taken a train ride farther than Chi-Battle Creek  
or Sion (Switz.)-Chamonix (France).  (Chi-Indy doesn't count since the  
ride was long only in terms of duration, not distance--it was a mail  
run and the only passenger car had malfunctioning climate control and  
no food or water).
Sandy Andina
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