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

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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.

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          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.

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            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

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              Caffe Roma
              385 Broome St, New York, NY 10013