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The Best Coffee I Had in Florence, Italy

Drinks Meister 1 comment

A sweet, accessible marriage of modern and Old World charm: Am I describing the coffee in Florence, or the city itself? Both, actually. More

The Vegetarian Option: Prince Street Café

New York Laura Togut 1 comment

For a moment I seriously considered not writing this review, for fear of giving away the secret to this hidden SoHo gem where the food is remarkably good and you can actually get a table without wait. But since I can't bear to keep a good thing to myself, I bring you my new favorite find: Prince Street Café. More

McCafe in Paris: Way Better Than McCafe in the States

Fast Food John M. Edwards 14 comments

While in America, "McCafe" means little more than brown, printed coffee cups, McCafe in Europe is the coffee/pastries-only subsection of McDonald's, and it's an experience all its own. It lives in the land between Italian coffee shop and American quick service. More

Fast Food International: Aroma Espresso Bar

New York Krista Garcia 2 comments

Unlike many coffee chains, Israeli Aroma Espresso Bar is as much about the food as the java. In fact, most of the customers filling the red leather chairs at communal tables aren't drinking coffee at all, but nibbling on the tiny chocolate bar that comes free with each order. More

Sugar Rush: Sticky Gooey Cakes and Hot Chocolate at Peels

New York Kathy YL Chan 1 comment

The Hot Chocolate ($4) at Peels has a pudding-like consistency, almost rich enough to rival City Bakery. More

Lunch for One: Harney & Sons

New York Kathy YL Chan 1 comment

Just around the corner from In Pursuit of Tea on Crosby Street, the newly opened Harney & Sons in Soho may be yet another destination for tea aficionados, but it's also a spot ideal for delicate lunches. More

Sugar Rush: Pistachio-Lemon Cake at Abraço

New York Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] At Abraço, the Pistachio-Lemon Cake is a fine marriage between Brooklyn Larder's Pistachio Cake and the Lemon Loaf from La Masion du Chocolat. The cake, $3, is sold by the toasty, pistachio-dotted slice, a great... More

Coffee Chronicles: Bedford Hill Coffee Bar

Drinks Liz Clayton 3 comments

Bedford Hill joins Saraghina Café, and earlier neighborhood pioneer Tiny Cup, in the slow climb of Bed-Stuy out of deli (and Crown Fried Chicken) coffee hell. More

Fast Food International: Juan Valdez Cafe

New York Krista Garcia 4 comments

Editor's note: In "Fast Food International," Krista Garcia will take us around New York to the many international fast food chains that have landed in the five boroughs. She blogs at goodiesfirst.com. Country of origin: Colombia Locations worldwide: 147 in... More

Sugar Rush: El Beit's Banana Bread

New York Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] A slice of Banana Bread ($3) from El Beit, a coffee shop in Williamsburg, is the stuff of dreams—dense, superbly moist, and gently spiced. Mashed bananas and big chunks of ripe bananas make their way... More

Coffee Chronicles: WTF is Brewing In Fort Greene

Drinks Liz Clayton 7 comments

Let's be honest: who hasn't wanted a deliciously crafted cup of coffee while stopping for a pair of designer sneakers on their way to the dog run? Dynamic Fort Greene entrepreneur Asio Highsmith (who owned posh speakeasy the Hideout on Adelphi, and who currently owns fancy footwear store Pedigree next door) has deployed such a high-concept, minimal coffeebar on Fort Greene that passersby might wonder: WTF? More

A Sandwich A Day: Halloumi Sandwich at Macchiato Espresso Bar

New York Faye Leong 5 comments

As I bit into the soft ciabatta, I was struck by the utter savory meatiness of the halloumi cheese. The texture was not melty or stringy, but quite firm and a bit squeaky, much like the cheese curds found in Montreal's poutine. More

Favorite Coffee Spots From Off-Duty Baristas

Drinks Meister 5 comments

Savvy eaters know that discovering great restaurants sometimes means following the best chefs after hours. But while Eric Ripert can turn a late-night-snack spot into an overnight sensation, would you trail your favorite top-notch barista to their go-to cafe after they finish a shift? Three baristas share their favorite spots. More

Lunch for One: Recess

New York Kathy YL Chan 3 comments

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] Recess opened up in August 2009, in the space that formerly held the Thai restaurant Spice. The crowd is understandably dominated by NYU students, but a surprisingly high number of local residents frequent the cafe,... More

Coffee Chronicles: Stumptown Opens at the Ace Hotel

New York Allison Hemler Post a comment

[Photographs: Allison Hemler, unless otherwise noted] New York Times readers in 1872 demanded it, just like the coffee-obsessed in 2009 on the streets of New York: "Let us have this one needed reform everywhere...hotel and restaurant keepers, please do... More

Coffee Chronicles: One Sunday Morning, Two Cafe Pedlars

New York Allison Hemler 1 comment

"The macchiato at Cafe Pedlar in Brooklyn could make me a regular." [Photographs: Allison Hemler] Grabbing a cup of coffee can be as routine as brushing one's teeth--and like most of us will only go for Aquafresh or Crest, say,... More

Coffee Chronicles: Behind the Scenes at Counter Culture

New York Allison Hemler 7 comments

"You might be pleased to know your beans are roasted and packed to the sexy classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath." [Photographs: Allison Hemler] Get out your measuring scoop, a kettle, and a French press, and make... More

Coffee Chronicles: Reconsidering New York's Coffee Identity

New York Allison Hemler 3 comments

Editor's note: Longtime Serious Eats contributor Allison Hemler knows her coffee, having spent two years as a barista and more than five in the service industry. She'll be joining us each week with Coffee Chronicles, taking a look at the... More

Ballaró Caffé Prosciutteria: Italian Meats, Cheeses, and Panini in the East Village

New York Carey Jones 2 comments

With an incredible selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and panini, Ballaró isn't quite the downtown Salumeria Rosi—but it's not too far off. More

Sugar Rush: Chai at Ost Cafe

New York Kathy YL Chan 2 comments

East Village tea and coffee shop, Gramstand shuttered its doors for the final time in early December, leaving nearby residents homeless of a roomy, wifi-endowed café. We are not without quality coffee in the area—think 9th Street Espresso, Abraco,... More

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