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May 3, 2009 06:40 PM

Independent coffee shops on Upper West Side?

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


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  1. Joe's just opened on Columbus and 85th.

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    1. re: Super Nintendo Chalmers

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Marine Engineer

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

        1. re: JungMann

          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.

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            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.

            1. re: JungMann

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

          2. re: JungMann

            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...

        2. 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.

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

            1. 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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              1. re: firni

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