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Lack of nice cafes in NYC

Other than Starbucks or corner delis, NYC lacks nice cafes like the ones in most European cities.
I wonder if this is because of the high rent NYC but then isn't rent very high in Paris?

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  1. There are three nice one on the UES: Sicaffe at Lex & 70th...Payard at Lex & 74th...Via Quadronno at Madison & 73...one other, too, it's Italian but I can't come up with the name right now! Will repost if it comes to me...

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    1. re: fauchon

      Via Quadronno immediately came to mind, as well as their sister restaurant (in the front) Bottega del Vino. But, these aren't so much the linger forever places that cafes in Paris can be.

      1. re: fauchon

        Payard - bad service and creepy sandwiches...i would not recommend

        1. re: fauchon

          Sant Ambroeus is molto pricey, but the espresso is good, they have pastries, gelato and wine, served at close tables — but still modest sound levels — and decent autentico food, beyond molto….

        2. Depends on where you live. I have 2 on my block alone.

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          1. re: KTinNYC

            Would you care to share the names?

            1. re: MMRuth

              Tarallucci e Vino and Cafe Centosette. The former for sitting, drinking coffee, and talking. The latter more for brunch.

          2. I am particularly fond of Café Sabarsky and it definitely reminds me of Vienna/Europe.

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            1. re: livetotravel

              Could not agree more--Sabarsky is such a classy place. Superb coffee and desserts, and their Austrian wines are dynamite.

            2. I think there are tons of nice cafes in NYC, more than there ever have been. What exactly are you looking for in a cafe though?

              1. downtown has a lot of cafes that might fit your criteria...but as others have said, it depends what you're looking for.

                here are a bunch (in no particular order):

                -the bourgeois pig (e. 7th st, e. village)
                -palacinka (grand st, soho)
                -tarallucci e vino (agreeing w/the other poster; 1st ave/10th st, e. village)
                -cafe gitane (during off-hours; mott st, nolita)
                -caffe dante and caffe reggio (2 touristy places on macdougal st in the village)
                -caffe vivaldi (jones st, w. village; usually not as crowded as the more touristy village cafes)
                -doma (perry st @ waverly pl, w. village)
                -dt-ut (2nd ave, upper east side)
                -88 orchard (orchard/broome sts, lower east side)
                -the grey dog's coffee (carmine st, w. village)
                -grounded (jane st, w. village)
                -snice (8th ave/w. 4th st, w. village)
                -la bergamote (9th ave, chesea; great french pastries)
                -le gamin cafe (multiple downtown locations)
                -71 irving place (irving pl, gramercy park)
                -think coffee (mercer st, noho)
                -theeee coffee chamber (bleecker st, noho)