Just stumbled across a real coffee find: Culture Cafe @ 72 W. 38th St. near 6th Ave.
They're serving Intelligentsia coffee and pastries from some of the better bakers in NYC (Sullivan St Bakery, Ce Ci Ce La, etc.) They have a La Marzocco espresso machine and they’re not afraid to use it.
Apparently, they are still in "soft opening" mode. Guess I'm letting the Black Cat out of the bag.