Best Espresso drinks in Manhattan...so far
Okay, thus far my picks in order for best lattes/cappuccinos:
1) Joe the Art of Coffee (nothing else seems to compare)
2) Stumptown (newly opened in Ace Hotel)
3) 9th Street Espresso
4) Taralucci E Vino
5) Everyman Espresso
Honorable mention: Abraco, Third Rail, Local
I was not that blown away by Grumpy, Think, or Jacks. Although the drip is good at all those places. I hear good things about, but have not yet tried, Gimme or Via Quadrono.
This is of, course, totally subjective, but I'm curious if there are any others I should know about.
Culture on 38th Street between 5th and 6th is pretty decent. They also have items like affogato (though I had a terrible one today -- the gelato was defrosted and frozen again -- tons of ice crystals). They were also offering espresso granita and whipped cream at one point (like Zuni Cafe in San Francisco), which is one of my favorite desserts out there. I didn't see it on the menu today, but that doesn't mean they don't have it as the affogato I ordered was off-menu as well.
My top 5:
1. Everyman, when Sam or Bryce is working
3. Everyman, when anyone else is working
4. 9th Street
5. ??? . . . looks like I need to go to Taralucci
I agree that Grumpy is better for drip than espresso.
I have to dissent on the Roasting Plant. It strikes me as a gimmick that doesn't deliver very good coffee.
lavazza pushes the shakerato all over italy last summer
here is my recipe
then put a huge spoonful of a great jam or preserves
then let the fruit dissolve
then put into a martini shaker full of ice
then shake vigorously
i drink it straight from the shaker
a varaition is to pour into a tall glass half full of seltzer
cream or milk is an obvious additon but i prefer black
and certainly no0 sugar