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Oct 31, 2010 05:34 AM

Bakery/coffee place in LI - forgot name - HELP!

On one of my trips to NYC we went to a coffee/bakery in LI - totally old school inside, time stopped at 1942 or something. Had espresso and a pastry - all good except the surly servers...which I can not be bothered by.

I can't remember the name at all and want to go back in 2 wks when I come for visit after doing a walking tour.

Can any help me - thanks

Hound from outta town!

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  1. What do you mean by LI? I understand it as Long Island - suburbs to east of NY and as a Manhattan person know almost nothing about this vast area and you need other board. If you mean something else, edit title of your post to spell ou whole location.

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    1. Your question is too general, f3 -the description could apply to any one of 50 or more places in Little Italy ["LI" means Long Island and everyone reading your title will interpret it thus, as yebo notes.]
      Inasmuch as you've been to the place before, this sounds like something you'd best find on foot, by yourself.

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      1. re: Phil Ogelos

        Phil, there aren't 50 bakeries in Little Italy...not even close. Not even a dozen at this point.

        freckles, could it have been Ferrara's?

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Running the gauntlet from Houston south to Canal, gos, along Mulberry and Mott made and still makes that "50+ bakery/coffee" trope feel right to me -even as some of those places double as restaurants.
          I regret now I didn't follow my first impulse, which was to say "there're a gazillion there" -it mightn't have piqued you as much and still have been correct, gastrically.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Hey guts - I think it was Cafe Romma. Thanks for your help.

        2. LI= Long Island
          Little Italy=Little Italy

          That said, could it be Caffe Roma? That place is in a time warp, but the pastry is pretty good.

          Caffe Roma
          385 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: iluvcookies

            Yes. Sounds like Caffe Roma. Very old school. Supposedly has been run by the same family and been in the same location since the 1890s.

            As far as I know there are only three true bakery/cafes in Little Italy. Aside from Caffe Roma, there is Ferrara, which has also been there forever ( although the decor has been updated) and La Bella Ferrara (no relation), which has been there a long time, but perhaps does not date back as long as the first two.

            La Bella Ferrara
            108 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

            Caffe Roma
            385 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: boccalupo

              Thanks it was Caffe Roma

              Caffe Roma
              385 Broome St, New York, NY 10013