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Caffee Reggio: A New York Original
Truly astonishing that this coffee house has been a fixture of New York City since 1927. And because of its long history, its authenticity and quality service, the fabulous menu, not to mention its incredible coffee...is to me what makes Caffee Reggio an outstanding coffee house. Also what makes this great coffee house exceptional is the fact that it has changed little since its inception - the very quality that has endeared itself to its loyal followers, New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Caffee Reggio has been written up unceaselessly that in my opinion is no longer a place really that can be considered 'a find' unless of course one sticks to the very idea of a first time discovery for the first time visitor to the city. Its popularity is known and continue to be pursued also from its cinematic oeuvre in which the cafe has been featured such movies as Godfather II, Greenwich Village, The Kremlin Letter, Shaft, Serpico and much more.
It was Caffee Reggio thru its founder and orginal proprietor Domenico Parisi who introduced the Italian Cappuccino to America by way of New York city. The original expresso machine which it was told Parisi bought with his savings when he opened the cafe in 1927 is proudly kept and displayed inside, as well as several notable and even prominent artwork and artifacts that the cafe has acquired over the years. There's a 16th century painting on one wall believed to be from the school of that great Italian master Caravaggio. And then there's an antique bench (if you can spot it) which once belonged to the Medici family of Florence. Not to be outdone and not missed certainly is the old celing fan that was featured in the movie Casablanca which sublimely continues to function at the cafe to this day.
The cafe's extensive menu too is a list that's not to be believed; it runs riot from breakfast selections of eggs, omelettes, the obligatory pastries to yogurts, sandwiches, soups, paninis, salads, granolas and fruits to all kinds of pasta dishes...which qualifies this place greatly as a cafe/restaurant establishment. But it's so tiny inside that you'd have to keep trying to get in and find a free table all so suddenly. But you mustn't give up, that table will be available to you with great patience. It's precisely this leave-it-or-take it nonchalant attitude that makes Caffe Reggio my all-time favorite in NYC.
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Cafè Reggio: lovely but too expensive
In the hearth of Greenwich Village, near the famous Cafè Wha, you will find the place which introduced "cappuccino" in NYC. The cafè looks bohemien and easy going, owners should be Italians but there are no proof of it; actually the cappuccino was tasty but the cheesecake was not so special. For two cappuccino and two cheesecake (big portion, ok) we spent 19 usd. It's just crazy!!!!
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Caffe Reggio: Historic Greenwich Village café
This is one of Greenwich Village’s most historic cafés, dating back to 1927. Into its small space it packs pretty café tables and chairs, walls covered in an eclectic mix of objets, and bags of character. Its espresso machine is even older than the café, dating back to 1902, and I can vouch for the fact that it still makes excellent cappuccino. The art work on the walls is a mix of oddities and genuine antiques – the owner claims that one oil painting is an original by 16th century master Caravaggio, and I have no reason to doubt that (nor proof that it is true).
Favorite Dish: We contented ourselves with just a cappuccino, which as I said was excellent, but there is plenty more to choose from on the menu, including more elaborate coffee drinks with various liqueurs, a range of Italian pastries, sandwiches, ice cream and more substantial dishes such as pasta and omelettes. The items being served to other tables looked delicious and were very tempting, but the size of meal portions in the US makes it hard for me to accommodate snacks between meals!
If you want a souvenir of your visit you can buy T-shirts ($9), posters ($5) and post-cards(50c) – I bought a couple of the latter which have an old-fashioned sepia tint in keeping with the age of the café.
Cafe Reggio: cafe bucket list, # 1
A narrow and packed place where they somehow pretend to be the inventors of Capuccino. ;-)
The Tirami Su does not quite match the high expectations and is no danger to good old Piero's edition of this dessert.
Cafe Reggio: Cafe Reggio
I love, love, love this little Greenwich Village cafe. Located right on MacDougal, this tiny little Victorian styled cafe is very, very personal, intimate, romantic, good for singles wanting to catch up on a good book, for dates, meeting with friends, etc. It's also a bit famous. Latest film was In Good Company with Scarlett Johannsen (who attended NYU and lived in the Hayden dorm, right up the street on Washington Square West.)
The Italian Renaissance decor is inspired by Caravaggio and the Medici family. Beautiful wall murals and iron seating makes for romantic atmosphere. I should know. I used to come here with my boyfriend all the time. After we broke up, I came here alone. Then I started coming here with friends. All I can really associate Cafe Reggio with is love. Romantic love, self-love and friendly love. :-)
Favorite Dish: The cappuccino, cafe latte, the Earl Grey tea, all the drinks are delicious. I've never actually eaten there...
Caffe Reggio: Historic Greenwich Village Coffeeshop
Caffe Reggio has been in business for almost 80 years, since 1927, and it's not to hard to imagine to place still being open in 2087. It's an old world place in New York, small, cozy, and conducive to close friends and lovers sharing intimacies, or just sitting and enjoying the time and the space. You might feel as if you've been transported to Roma or Milano, yet Washington Square is just three minutes away. Open early in the day and late at night, with a mix of patrons young and old, gay and straight, well-heeled and studenty.
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