Just because you only have the time to walk five short blocks for lunch or coffee shouldn't leave Midtownites stranded, and though it's a part of Gotham slow to embrace, say, a lengthy Chemex brew, it shouldn't be so hard to find a great cup of carefully crafted, thoughtfully sourced, beautifully roasted coffee in the heart of Midtown New York City, right? Well...maybe. We'll let the economy catch up for a bit and cross our fingers for a flood of newcomers in months and years to come (we're looking at you, future Blue Bottle Rockefeller Center) and in the meantime point out a few truly great oases in a blighted landscape of chains and delis.
'Culture Espresso' on Serious Eats
strong>"The Figgy" is a sandwich characterized by freshness and restraint: prosciutto di parma, Vermont goat cheese, arugula, and just a touch of fig spread. It's a well-balanced sandwich, not overtaken by the bitter arugula or sweet fig.