3. Caffe Reggio119 MacDougal St.

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With all the new coffee joints in town, sometimes it’s easy to forget the classics. Caffe Reggio has been a Greenwich Village mainstay since it opened in 1927, and not much seems to have changed since then. The interior transports you to Italy, with its Renaissance artwork, wrought-iron fixtures and even quotes from Dante’s Inferno inscribed on the walls. This is supposedly where cappuccinos were introduced to America. The star decoration is the café’s impressive espresso machine, dating back to 1902. If it’s old-school charm that you want, you’ll get it here.

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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan (For Design Buffs)

  1. I went to D’Espresso today and found that it had been seized by the marshal. Not sure what’s going on, but that was a disappointment.

    On the other hand, Birch just opened a new shop at 134 1/2 East 62nd Street (between Lexington & 3rd).

  2. I’ve seen many creative coffee bars over the years but D’Espresso is one i still have to experience. It’s different than your usual espresso bar which according to my opinion sets it into a category of its own.

  3. Hooray for “The Chipped Cup”! It’s not only one of my all time favorite Manhattan coffee shops — but I’m lucky enough to get my morning coffee from those guys daily. If you’re a coffee lover and an even bigger lover of an aesthetically vintage, comfy ambiance with awesome tunes, “The Chipped Cup” is it. Great pastries too — the almond croissant is to die for.

  4. All of these coffee shops look so inviting, but I’d really love to visit D’Espresso just to see the interesting interior…and I Am Coffee, to taste a Shakerato 🙂

  5. I love to go to Cafe Reggio because a scene in Shaft (1971) was filmed there. I always try to sit at the same table he was sitting at. Incredibly, the same table, coat rack and bench are still there over 40 years later.

    1. OMG Michele, am a Shaft 1971 fan. Love history in drinking and culture… we could have been lovers in a way, socially that is.

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