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May 25, 2007 01:03 PM

Great espresso in chelsea?

I live in Chelsea and am in a constant quest for good cafes. Most important is quality coffee but nice ambiance and something interesting to munch on would be great too. I usually go to Le Bergamot, but to be honest I don't really like the coffee there. coffee geeks, where would you go? i need a neighborhood cafe!

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  1. Cafe Grumpy on West 20th St, bet. 7th and 8th Avenues, right next to the police station. Good coffee! Not too much to munch on, though.

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    1. re: yting

      i tried grumpy this weekend-- good coffee, i agree! i preferred it to my usual cappuccino at Le Bergamot, but my husband said the espresso tasted better at LB. i guess those are our options...

      1. re: chucha

        Love the almond croissants at Le Bergamot...

    2. If you don't mind a little walk, Joe's on 13th/5th.

      1. SW Corner of 20th Street and 9th Avenue. I can't recall the name, but the coffee and pasteries are great.
        [edit] Oops, I realize that the place is La Bergamot. I have only had espresso there, but it has always been good and strong with the right crema on top.

        1. It isn't there yet, but Ninth Street Espresso is opening a branch in the Chelsea Market. They have pretty much ruined me for other places with their amazing espresso/cappuccino.

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          1. re: eca

            I feel the same way. I have been to all the best in Manhattan, and many in Italy. 9st is the most memorable and unique. Can't wait to go back this weekend.

          2. I know I am a little late to this thread, but I just have to mention that the best, most authentic Italian espresso I can find in Manhattan (this includes Sant Ambroeus, 9th street, etc.) is in the little cafe area at Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market. It is pretty easy to overlook this place, but nearly every time I go, at least half of the patrons are speaking Italian. That's proof enough for me. Signed, Italian Coffee Snob

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              if you head down that far don't forget DUB SPOT on the southside of w14th st near 9th ave. they use la columbe coffee. it's also a juice bar and they have food too.

              others along 8th ave: the expresso coffee at PARADISE CAFE is so-so, but they have flavored coffees if you want that. the expresso is much better at LA TAZA DE ORO & CAFE HAVANA. there is JAVA BOY to try too.

              i've skipped LA BERGAMOTE and have been enjoying GROUNDED lately. it's a little further down next door to CORNER BISTRO. they use fair trade coffee. much easier to get a seat thats for sure.