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Independent coffee shops on Upper West Side?

smartpalate77 May 3, 2009 06:40 PM

Are there ANY non-chain shops on the UWS that make great espresso and cappuccino?



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  1. Super Nintendo Chalmers RE: smartpalate77 May 3, 2009 07:50 PM

    Joe's just opened on Columbus and 85th.

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      smartpalate77 RE: Super Nintendo Chalmers May 4, 2009 03:18 AM

      Thanks! I had no idea Joe's opened a shop up here. Will definitely check it out.

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      Marine Engineer RE: smartpalate77 May 4, 2009 03:57 AM

      On 72nd b/w Broadway and Columbus, there's a place called Aroma.

      Aroma Espresso Bar
      161 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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        JungMann RE: Marine Engineer May 4, 2009 07:45 AM

        Aroma is a foreign chain, albeit a small one. In that neighborhood I go to Arte Around the Corner for coffee and tea.

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          Peter Cuce RE: JungMann May 5, 2009 05:56 PM

          Hi JungMann. Are you saying it's a bad place because it's a foreign chain? I'd be happy if there was one in my neighborhood, it's a pretty decent place. There are two branches in NYC.

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            JungMann RE: Peter Cuce May 6, 2009 06:58 AM

            I only mentioned that Aroma was a foreign chain because the OP had specifically requested non-chain shops. I really like the richness of the coffee and the tea at Arte Around the Corner and considering that it's a matter of yards away from my front door, I haven't made the trip around the block to try Aroma yet.

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              Peter Cuce RE: JungMann May 6, 2009 07:22 AM

              Oh I see! I didn't catch that, sorry. Looking forward to trying Arte Around the Corner. Thanks for the tip.

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            Simon RE: JungMann May 5, 2009 08:09 PM

            i like Arte Around the Corner too, or at least i liked it when i first moved to this neighborhood a few months ago...but i got a little tired of it...the same two Italian movies playing silently on endless repeat...and the acoustics of the small space are a little weird: even if you are having a normal or quiet level conversation every person can hear you (and if you are reading or writing, you can't help hearing every convo -- including the convo of the staff)...and last but not least, there is only one comfy seat in the whole room: that big ratty arm chair...

            and then there's the issue that they charge five bucks for those tasty but very small mini-sandwiches...

            i still go sometimes, but only when i pass by and see that the good chair is empty and that there aren't too many people...

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          Marine Engineer RE: smartpalate77 May 4, 2009 04:00 AM

          and on 69th street just east of Broadway is a Kosher place calle Noi Due Cafe, they do a great job. And they're a great value.

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            qwertyu RE: smartpalate77 May 4, 2009 08:47 AM

            I really enjoy Arte Around the Corner. It's on columbus in the 70's.

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              firni RE: smartpalate77 May 5, 2009 08:13 PM

              Georgia's, on 89th...I think it was still there as of March. It's from the people who run Silver Moon, further uptown. Great pastries, and nice place to sit and people watch in warm weather.

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                Peter Cuce RE: firni May 5, 2009 09:38 PM

                Georgia's is a nice place but unfortunately does not have great espresso.

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