The legendary espresso bar has traveled across the pond to New York, in a location in Greenwich Village that is known for quick turnover with its occupants. But I, for one, am hoping it sticks around for a while.
In a time where every New York restaurants seems to be grabbing at a niche (just up the street another meatball shop has popped up), Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Café (located on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 13th Street) goes full circle from morning café to lunch spot, happy hour locale to dinner, lounge to a late-night café, pouring cappuccinos as effortlessly as their cocktails. All within its mod and sleek interiors, designed by Antonia di Oronzo.
Though I showed up for a tasting event, I can’t vouch for the food, as we sampled meat-and-cheese plates and bruschetta, that, though tasty, neither of which really attest to the chef’s talents (or lack thereof). A failure on the PR company’s part, not the restaurant. What I can honestly say is that the staff was extraordinarily friendly and attentive. But judging by their Yelp reviews, their menu is five-star quality.
And for those of you who like your boozy brunches, they offer a $25 deal with all-you-can-drink. But get there early – it may be a newbie to the neighborhood but the secret has gotten out.
– Brittny Drye
Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Café
504 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
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