Founded in 1927, Cafe Reggio claims to be the home of the first American “cappuccino.” I bet the original cappuccino was concocted in some hole-in-the-wall place in Italy a hundred years ago, regardless, to honor Reggio’s claim to fame in the USA, I ordered one of the infamous cappuccinos for good measure.
It was warm and smooth, but not too bold, a basic cup of coffee without anything exceptional going on except for a decorative dribble of cinnamon on top of the frothed milk.
Prices: A cappuccino is about $4. It’s more expensive than typical coffee shops, but the atmosphere is worth it: orange and brown plaster walls with lime green accents are covered with Caravaggio replicas, Medieval busts, antique clocks, stained glass, ornate-gold plated china, and lithographs. Burgundy velvet seat cushions, iron chairs, and heavy wood and marble tables are crammed in the space. It’s eclectic and a great spot to people watch.
Where is it? 119 MacDougal Street
How do I get there? Take the ABCDEFM to West 4th Street and walk two blocks south and one block East between West 3rd and Bleecker.
Food: Cafe Reggio has quite the selection of pastries, desserts, sandwiches, paninis, ice cream, salads, omelettes, salads and Italian specialities.
When to go: Weekends and evenings are crowded, however, mornings and the lunch hours are quite nice.
Wi-Fi? Nope Wi-Fi.
Not in a rush? Fortunately, you can sit down and stay for a while at Cafe Reggio. It’s very European/old school NYC, so there are quite a few tables to enjoy your coffee, and some food too.