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Manhattan's most expensive cup of coffee?

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In three days I've dropped five dollars or more for a single serving of coffee at Sant Ambroeus, Lady M Cake Boutique and Cafe Sabarsky. I know Park to Madison in the Seventies is pricey, but is this the worst that it gets? That said, only Sabarsky was worth it--decent cup, beautiful room and warm service.

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  1. You can get a very good one for a little less at Via Quadronno - 73rd between 5th and Madison.

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        I should add that they have the same delicious coffee at Bottega del Vino (sister restaurant) on 59th between 5th & Madison.

    1. Yeah, I was astounded by the cost of coffee at Sabarsky at brunch, but I couldn't have Linzertorte without a mélange. Luckily I got a package of Julius Meinl at home so no need to plunk down $6.50 for coffee and whipped cream.

      1. I'd be curious to know what Per Se does or doesn't do to up the ante, given the restaurant's obsession with raising the bar for the little things but also the fact that coffee is included in the tasting menu price.

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        1. re: Fat and Happy Food Slut

          Per Se's coffee is excellent, but as you noted it is included. Daniel's Coffee is the best I've had in NYC - $5.50 with unlimited refills.

          Maialino's was the biggest ripoff at $3.75 w/o refills for a very average blend.

        2. Last weekend we had breakfast at South Gate in the Essex House Hotel and the coffee was $9. The cup was refilled several times as we ate, but $9 ????

          1. we had coffee once at the Pierre, i cant remember how much it was but i remember it bering really ridiculous.

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            1. re: lemonyc

              But you're not paying for just the coffee when you go to a place like the Pierre.