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I'll be in NYC from May 2 until May 9. I will be travelling with some relatives (we are a party of 8: 7 adults and a 4 year old child) and we will be staying at the Belvedere Hotel (48th st and 8th ave).

At the moment, I'm looking for places to eat and I have some doubts that I will divide into several posts to make it easier to answer:

We are from Portugal. If any of you have ever been in this country, you should know that our coffee is pretty different from yours. We usually drink small cups of a very intense, highly-flavoured coffee (sort of an espresso). Is there anything like this in NYC?

From what I have read and have seen in movies you usually have big cups of coffee that we are, obviously, willing to try. However, some of us are highly addicted to “our” coffee and would like to know if is possible to have something similar in NYC.

Thank you for your help!

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  1. No problem. Espresso is served in NYC restaurants, cafes, coffeehouses, and patisseries.

    1. I am guessing you are talking about bica? I'm not sure where to get bica in Manhattan, but there are many high quality espresso shops around town.

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      Zibetto
      1385 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: kathryn

        Adding some more places:

        The 4th one on my list is supposed to be Abraco but the Places feature is chopping off the name.

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        Joe the Art of Coffee
        141 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        Joe the Art of Coffee
        9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        Tarallucci e Vino
        130 Greene St, New York, NY 10012

        Cafe Grumpy
        224 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

        Everyman Espresso
        136 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        Ninth Street Espresso
        700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

        Abraco
        86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

        Gimme! Coffee
        228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: kathryn

          Zibetto is a great little coffee/espresso bar. It's discreetly placed and rather Italian-esque (though the owner is actually Swedish if I remember correctly). I've never actually tried Portuguese coffee so I don't really have a point of comparison - however, the espresso is strong and the cappuccino, in my experience, is always perfectly steamed. Be warned - if you're looking for a place to rest your tired feet after a long day of touring the city, you won't find it here. There are no tables or seats to be found. However, if you're looking for a quick caffeine fix, it's definitely a good place to check out.

          1. re: kathryn

            That's exactly what I'm talking about (bica)! Have you ever tasted it Kathryn? If you have you know how different it is from the typical US coffee.

            1. re: soniamsg

              I wish! I only have read abouts its delicousness.

          2. A place near your hotel with very good espresso based drinks is cupcake cafe... unfortunately the cupcakes are rather dismal, but cupcakes are also a New York phenomenon so it might be interesting just to try it.

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            Cupcake Cafe
            545 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

            1. my favorite espresso is at la columbe on church street near the tribeca grand...great place to relax and have a cup of coffee.

              1. I second Ninth Street Espresso in the Chelsea Market.

                1. You might try Despana on Broom Street at the edge of Soho. They specialize in Spanish products, and have a coffee bar in the back. Worth giving a call to ask.