If you want the most authentic coffee in New York then you have to visit Caffe Reggio. While plenty of food chains offer food and drink in NYC it seems a pity to patronize them when you can instead enjoy places that not only have an genuine place in NYC hitotry but which also offer you superb coffee and exciting food. Caffe Reggio at 119 MacDougal St Greenwich Village is an historical gem and you’ll get terrific coffee there as well.
It opened in 1927 and it has among it’s many claims to fame it has the distinction of being the original cafe in the Village and the place where the first espresso cafe in America was served. Domenico Parisi imported his Cappuccino machine at great expense and it’s still there to be seen. While it’s in working order it has of course been supplanted by a sleek modern version and it’s on view as a valued antique.
As you can see in the video, the cafe has many works of art on the wall and objet d’arts tucked away in niches and on shelves. The cafe has the air of being an authentic European coffee house while still being quintessentially a ‘Village’ place, a space which lets you know you are treading the ground trod for so long by all the characters who have lived in this particualr part of Manhattan. The artists, writers, songwriters, singers and actors who flocked to the Village in the 50′s and 60′s all came this cafe and enjoyed each other as well as the coffee and atmosphere, just as you can come today.
Of course the coffee revolution has now hit NYC bigtime. Forget Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Shake Shack. If you want a cup of really good espresso all 5 boroughs are now littered with cafe owners and baristas who really know their coffee beans, roasting techniques and the art of a great brew and who are eager to serve you excellent coffee. But they are all recent arrivals. Caffe Reggio has been serving great espresso for 87 yearts, a lone outpost of authentic Italian coffee for so many years.