Reviewed: Tarallucci e Vino, the Italian Cafe & Wine Bar That Wanted to Improve Upper West Side Espresso
The Upper West Side branch of Tarallucci e Vino stays busy all day with coffee and all evening with wine. A beautiful space for pastries and poached eggs, it’s a welcome spot on Columbus Avenue.
After some strong words from the owner about the bad quality of the espresso in the neighborhood, Tarallucci e Vino has chosen a very traditional style of coffee to serve its patrons. Click here to see what we think.continue reading
Just below Washington Square Park, Third Rail Coffee serves coffee with a sense of purpose to NYU students and neighborhood regulars alike. They have had consistently great baristas making stand-out espresso and brewed coffee since they opened in 2009. Choosing to name your spot after the electrified power source for the New York City subway trains is a bold move, but they stand up to it.
Click here to read our review of Third Rail Coffee’s original Greenwich Village branch.continue reading
Opening nearly two years ago, in April, 2011, Tar Pit Cafe occupies a desolate-seeming part of East Williamsburg, on the corner of Woodpoint Road and Withers Street, and since that time has evolved into a favorite spot of ours.
Read our review of Tar Pit Cafe.continue reading
A Project Latte favorite, Gasoline Alley Coffee is a triumph of design, a wedge of a shop situated just north of Houston, with entrances on both Lafayette Street and a much-less-traveled section of Mulberry.
The name Gasoline Alley refers to a name attached to NoHo in bygone days, when it was filled with auto repair shops and gas stations. Click here to read our review of Gasoline Alley Coffee.continue reading
According to Carroll Gardens blog Pardon Me For Asking, Ecopolis Cafe, on the corner of Smith and Warren Streets, has closed as of February 26th, 2013. They weren’t high on our visit list, and we never got around to creating a listing for them, as they occupied the vast landscape of mediocre coffee shops with no clear mission or personality, with the added constraint of very little seating space.
When they opened, they served PT’s Coffee, from Kansas, which although it went against their motto of supporting local sustainability, made it a place we stopped by from time to time, since PT’s is hard to come by in Brooklyn. Not long after that, Ecopolis switched to other, less interesting coffee sources, and we had no particular reason to drop by there much.continue reading
According to an announcement on their Facebook page, Noella Brew Bar, the Third Wave Coffee reincarnation of owner Melissa Rapoport’s original Park Slope coffee shop, Ozzie’s Coffee, has closed as of this past Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 after a little more than a year in business.
Although it wasn’t a coffee destination for us, it was a good place to work and enjoy their homemade goodies. Best of luck to the former employees and to Ms. Rapoport herself.continue reading
The venerable West Village hang out, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, has a devoted following and a special stir brewing technique for making their coffee. The charm is all there. But how is the coffee?
Read our review of Jack’s Stir Brew here.continue reading