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Best Espresso

JJ Feb 23, 2004 02:50 PM

I want to get people's opinion on the best espresso in New York. I personally have found nothing close to Buon Italia in Chelsea Market. The espresso is perfect and makes me remember what it is like in Italy.

What are your choices?

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    Chicago Mike Feb 23, 2004 02:57 PM

    Just a tad off topic... but if you're going to have a great espresso at the Chelsea Market, why not also pick up a slice of Ruthy's Cheesecake to go with it... also at the market. From our recent tasting, Ruthy's matches coffee perfectly and if Buon Italia is great coffee, you would have a tremendous snack!

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      scrittrice Feb 23, 2004 03:18 PM

      I agree--in fact, this is the only "real" espresso I've ever had in New York. I love those little Nutella pastries they sell, too.

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        Marella Feb 23, 2004 03:37 PM

        Oslo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. No, it's not Manhattan, but it's worth the trip.

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          Joseph Moryl Feb 23, 2004 04:38 PM

          Where is Oslo? For best espresso I would vote for Gimme! coffee's new shop on Lorimer St., also in Williamsburg. In Manhattan, Joe on Waverly Place in the village does a good job.

          Joe Moryl

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            Marella Feb 24, 2004 10:51 AM

            Oslo is at 133 Roebling, on the corner of Metropolitan in that funny new building complex. Thanks for the Gimme!Coffee tip.

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          Steve Harrington Feb 23, 2004 05:07 PM

          Otto. As the last spoonful of hazelnut gelato slides down your throat, calmly sip your espresso (no sugar, no stupid lemon peel) and ask yourself where you would rather be for the next ten minutes or so.

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            bobzemuda Aug 29, 2006 02:22 PM

            as in the pizza joint?

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            mrnyc Feb 23, 2004 08:21 PM

            agree about BOUN ITALIA coffee, its very hard for me to pass up when i'm in the market. nearby, THE CHOCOLATE BAR makes good espresso too. they use illy.

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              LES Resident Feb 23, 2004 08:22 PM

              Not Manhattan, but great espresso at Burek on Lydig and Holland near Bx Zoo

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                Peter Cuce Feb 24, 2004 12:10 AM

                Joe, on Waverly, sometimes has good espresso, but they're inconsistent. Cafe Regular (11th St in Park Slope) has very good espresso, and they use La Colombe Torrefaction. I've also had a nice one at Petrossian Cafe -- they use Illy.

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                  Giacomo Feb 24, 2004 12:46 PM

                  Hands Down, Via Quadronno! You can find Illy, Esse, La Vazza, and Danesi often around town, and they're great coffees. But Quadronno has their own blend, and a unique machine that makes coffee taste reminiscent of the espresso you drink in Italy.

                  1. Nosher Aug 29, 2006 05:18 PM

                    I agree with Peter Cuce-- and you can get La Colombe coffee at Casa Cupcake/ Cupcake Café on 9th Avenue (btw. 41st & 40th). I like Casa's espresso quite a bit. I'm a bigger fan of their milky coffees, but the espresso is also excellent.


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                      javadog Oct 11, 2006 06:46 PM

                      9th Street Espresso over on Avenue C (you guessed it, and 9th) is quickly evolving into a temple of espresso genius down in the east village. They are using Counter Culture Coffee's Toscano Epsresso Blend. Counter Culture was recently ranked the east coast's best boutique roaster, and in the extraordinarily capable hands of the barista crew at 9th it is easy to see why. Enjoy.

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                        fatbuddha Oct 11, 2006 11:10 PM

                        There are a few places around town that use Batdorf and Bronson beans--one of the best small roasters in the country (west coast based, where they really know their stuff). Full City Coffee on the LES uses them.

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                          ampersanderson Mar 29, 2008 08:53 AM

                          Thanks for the heads up on Batdorf and Bronson. A favorite from my Olympia days. Coffee Box at Retreat in DUMBO uses them too.

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                          Feaster18 Mar 29, 2008 11:34 AM

                          I agree about 9th street espresso! They also are located in Chelsea Market!

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                          intrepid Mar 29, 2008 04:58 PM

                          zibetto 6th and 56 st

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                            Mauimike Feb 7, 2014 07:51 AM

                            Agree with intrepid. Zibetto is the Espresso Bar for the true Italian espresso.

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