A couple of things lift Sant Ambroeus’s cappuccino above the pack, says Sean Dell: top-notch coffee, made from Danesi beans from Italy, and milk gently steamed to the perfect temperature–“steamed, not scalded, as is usually the case in New York coffee shops,” says Sean. So no spoiled coffee, and no burnt mouth.
Via Quadronno also uses first-rate beans (Antica Tostatura Triestina) in a well-crafted cappuccino that Desidero compares to the ones in Italy.
Also recommended: Tarallucci e, Ninth Street Espresso, and hound hangout Joe which has just opened a third location inside the new Alessi store in Soho.
Sant Ambroeus [Upper East Side]
1000 Madison Ave., between E. 77th and 78th Sts., Manhattan
Tarallucci e Vino [Gramercy]
15 E. 18th St., between 5th Ave. and Broadway, Manhattan
Tarallucci e Vino [East Village]
163 1st Ave., at E. 10th St., Manhattan