The place: Ninth Street Espresso
The space: Opened in 2001, this
The place: Abraço Espresso
The space: Judging by the size of this tiny, yet bright, standing-room-only bar in the East Village, an abraço (embrace in Portuguese) might be necessary to squeeze past the steady stream of the downtown crowd. With room for about five people inside, it’s less than ideal for serious talks. Take your creamy cappuccinos (only whole milk is available) or dripped coffee for a stroll, or sip and chat on the outside bench.
The beans: After a recent switch, Australian-based Toby’s Estate now supplies the shop’s beans, which are flavorful, light, and acidic. And Galavante got a tip that owner Jamie McCormick plans to start roasting his own beans very soon.
The complement: Sample fresh-from-the-open-kitchen goodies like pumpkin cake, cranberry tarts, and cinnamon buns, or savory dishes including veggie-and-cheddar frittatas.
86 East 7th St., 212-388-9731, abraconyc.com
(Photo courtesy of Abraço)