I was on my way home from Union Square and looking for a place to grab coffee when I noticed the elegant Nespresso Cafe on Post near Grant. Yes, it's dedicated to fancy color-coded pod drinks and owned by Nestle. But coffee in Switzerland is always very good.
Anyway, they have a great case of pastries including caramel budino and petit fours and macarons, and elegant seating and a hypnotic video of coffee brewing porn.
So I tried an espresso made with Antigua (a 9 on a scale of 10) with a pistachio macaron.They have a kitchen and offer lunch including quiches. Ham and cheese croissant was recommended. This is when I learned Phillippe was making the baked goods.
It was good. $4 for a single shot made by pushing a button good? Hard to say. But for a sunny Union Square break on a windy day, absolutely. And the spoons are cool.
Service is very friendly. Everyone insisted I go down to the basement where the store is oddly housed. I got a demo of a Pixie and a complimentary shot, this time of their seasonal Trieste. I liked it a bit more than the Antigua.
I'd definitely stop in again at the cafe. Still trying to decide if I'm ready to give up my complicated brewing routine.