Searching for a specific coffee shop... around 49th and 3rd, can't remember name.
A few years ago the Times did an article on espresso and the difficulty of finding a true Italian-style cup in this City. I know, though, that they mentioned a place in midtown, somewhere around 49th and 3rd, as having the best. And I remember they serve Illy beans.
But for the life of me I can't remember the name (or the exact location). Can anyone help?
The place you're thinking of is Manhattan Espresso Cafe, on 49th btw Lex and 3rd. It's pretty good, I would say. The staff is really nice and the coffee can be excellent, but consistency has been an issue for me. Espresso can be a little on the bitter side, and they don't seem to take the care of some of the better baristas I've seen. (Gimme, 9th st)
Much better than Starbucks, though - and a bit cheaper.