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!
SW Corner of 20th Street and 9th Avenue. I can't recall the name, but the coffee and pasteries are great.
 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.
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
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.
Rafaela's on 21st and 9th has decent lattes, and the eats aren't bad.
Across from that, Le Gamin (actually the name has changed thrice over the past decade, but the menu remains the same) is decent, but has a different, perhaps too restauranty-vibe.
In Chelsea Market, Sara Beth's Bakery has decent coffee.
Further south on Bleecker street there are a few fun places if you walk between Thomson street and 8th Avenue. One of which is Porto Rico, which is straight up coffee and tea---beans and leaves---with a small stand with tasty stuff to go (in the summer there's a bench outside)
Taylor's on Hudson street just short of Bleecker's nice too...but I wouldn't call it Frenchy.
True...these things are hard to find in Chelsea now; all the fun cafes of the days of Yore (the 90s and early 2000s) have been bought by trendy, somewhat yuppie (themed and lacking humility) restaurants.