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The best cappuccino straight from italy

poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 07:09 PM

Hi I just came back from Italia, and been missing the real thing on cappuccino. I will go to any length in finding the same taste!

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    Desidero RE: poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 07:11 PM

    Via Quadronno makes the best cappucino in NYC, hands down.

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      poorstudent RE: Desidero Feb 9, 2007 08:31 PM

      Try Zibetto, it is better

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      fauchon RE: poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 07:11 PM

      Two excellent sources on UES: Sicaffé at Lexington Ave & 70th Street & Via Quadronno at Madison Avenue & 73rd....


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        MMRuth RE: fauchon Nov 1, 2006 07:12 PM

        I concur ... but with a strong bias to VQ! They also sell the beans, which are wonderful.

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        Cpalms RE: poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 08:56 PM

        The often forgotten Bottega Del Vino is VQ sister restaurant
        on 59 btw 5th and mad. I find it a little better than VQ because the menu is much more extensive (their bolognese is better than babbo, more expensive too) and the crowd is not so ladies who lunch. The space itself is also much more comfortable. Other than that, they are equal in terms quality. The coffee is identical, both being outstanding.

        An ideal breakfast for me is one of their cappuccino's and a small bowl of their fruit salad which is perfect, could be the best in the city.

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          MMRuth RE: Cpalms Nov 1, 2006 09:01 PM

          Thanks - I meant to mention Bottega as an alternative ...

        2. jenniebnyc RE: poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 11:04 PM

          there used to be a place on madison in the high 30's...near devon and blakley and pier one......they had great cappucino

          sorry, i can't remember the name of the place

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            RCC RE: poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 11:24 PM

            Try Veniero's on 10th St. and 1st Ave.

            Order from the bar (just like how it is in Italy) and select a cannoli or pastry from their pastry display cases.

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              Peter Cherches RE: RCC Nov 2, 2006 03:42 PM

              By "just like how it is in Italy" do you mean it's cheaper at the bar than at a table?

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                poorstudent RE: Peter Cherches Nov 9, 2006 01:45 PM

                well does it matter? nyc charge the same whether its bar or table

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              kenito799 RE: poorstudent Nov 1, 2006 11:30 PM

              Taralucci e vino, E 10th St/ 1st Ave

              1. Nosher RE: poorstudent Nov 2, 2006 01:20 AM

                Don't forget the coffee bar at Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market.


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                  Sean Dell RE: poorstudent Nov 2, 2006 01:27 AM

                  Along with those mentioned above, Sant' Ambreous, opposite the Carlisle on Madison Avenue, is excellent. Their other joint on Charles (or is it Bleeker) is, for some reason, not very good.

                  - Sean

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                    jsgjewels RE: poorstudent Nov 9, 2006 02:23 PM

                    I'm like you and always looking for the next best cappuccino. The most authentic I've had is at a tiny espresso bar in midtown, Zibetto on 56th and 6th ave.

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                      poorstudent RE: jsgjewels Nov 13, 2006 11:43 PM

                      you're so rite this place was authentic! thanks

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                      tzankel RE: poorstudent Nov 9, 2006 06:23 PM

                      Via Quaddrono - despite the price, the only one I've had in NY that tastes like Italy. The sandwiches are quite excellent as well.

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                        poorstudent RE: tzankel Jan 21, 2007 12:42 AM

                        I didnt found Via Quaddrono as good as Zibetto. Not even close.

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                        lisette RE: poorstudent Nov 9, 2006 07:28 PM

                        Sant Ambroeus

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                          cricri7 RE: poorstudent Nov 9, 2006 08:36 PM

                          The best coffee is at Porto rico coffee on Bleecker near 6th avenue. You grab a coffee there and sit outside on the park bench and look the people go by. This is one of my traditions when I get to NY!

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                            mrnyc RE: poorstudent Jan 21, 2007 01:43 AM

                            i dk if it's thee best, but i like them at la bergamote.

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                              intrepid RE: poorstudent Jan 21, 2007 02:51 AM

                              I must qualify this as I am a friend of the owner of VQ and bottega, their cappucino is good, but my favorite by far , by far in nyc is Zibetto, 6th ave btwn 56-57, west side of 6th ave, close to jamba juice

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                                poorstudent RE: poorstudent Feb 9, 2007 08:07 PM

                                i agree, zibetto is hands down better than those places

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                                  Panini Guy RE: poorstudent Feb 9, 2007 08:12 PM

                                  Why do you think Via Quadranno is the best? I would personally prefer the capps at Grumpy, even if not traditional. What beans does VQ use? Segafreddo?

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                                    yumyumyogi RE: Panini Guy Feb 10, 2007 01:17 PM

                                    I believe it's called Antica Tostatura Triestina. Delicious!

                                  2. bolletje RE: poorstudent Feb 11, 2007 08:37 AM

                                    Caffe Dante on MacDougal is very authentic, both in taste and in the vibe. There's often Italians hanging out there.

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