• Thursday, October 22, 2020

Upper East Side Cafes

Italy Meets UES
May 13, 2014

The place: Via Quadronno

The space: A rustic little piece of Italy, deep in Upper East Side territory off Madison Avenue, Via Quadronno is an all-day hangout, serving food and drinks to a packed... then steady... then packed stream of chic patrons catching up over paninis and coffee. The staff practices an Italian pace of hospitality (with a New York level of service) so you won’t feel rushed away from your table. In fact, you’ll feel almost encouraged to stay during the off hours from 2 to 6pm. It’s not the best place to camp out with a computer, but it’s a great spot to schedule a casual coffee meeting or kick it old school with a some reading materials (OK, iPads count).

The beans: Via Quadronno’s cappuccinos are infamous among coffee aficionados city-wide.

The complement: Only second to the cappuccinos, Via Quadronno is also known for their wide array of paninis, from the toasted warm Tentazione with prosciutto, shrimp and smoked mozzarella, to open-face tartines, where the Fontina and Alba truffles are a standout.