30 April 2011

a good cup of coffee in NYC - My American adventures pt 1

You wouldn't think it would be hard to find a good cup of coffee in one of the biggest, most advanced cities in the world, but it was.

Don't get me wrong once we found a few good coffee shops we would go back again and again but this one definitely gets the award for our favourite. I may have mentioned it before in a very early eat drink and write post but I love coffee and I will admit, I can be a coffee snob. I blame it on Australia, we are so blessed here with good quality coffee, great barista's and top notch cafes. So when I got to New York, went to a cafe and asked for a small coffee at a random coffee shop I had certain expectations. Now what you get in America is generally filtered coffee and if, like me, you like a small coffee you will be unpleasantly surprised to find that our large size is their small.

I'll stop complaining now though because then I found Piccolo Cafe. Perfect for me as I drink piccolo's and they knew what a small size was.

This gorgeous cafe was located just moments away from my hotel, yes I do believe in fate. The coffee was great and the fit out was stunning. but they also had great food.  Beautiful pastries and biscotti's to start the day, panini's like prosciutto, arugula and burrata for lunch, hearty pasta's for dinner like spaghetti and meatballs and creme brulee for anytime of the day, really. It was a great cafe to have nearby and definitely somewhere I  would keep going back to. Did I mention it was part owned by an Aussie?

There are three handy locations too, check them out here if you're ever in NYC.



  1. I am so blessed with the fact I LOVE real coffee but I can also LOVE Starbucks too ;) And when I was there this time last year it was Dark Cherry Mocha time. Mmmmm. :) ( Yes, I know you are shuddering - I don't mind. I am a teacher, I am used to drinking what I can get! Lol! )

  2. Hey if there is one thing Starbucks does well it's those good big sweet chocolatey drinks!! I feel like it's better in America too..

  3. I know what you mean by finding good coffee in the States, when I was there last year I had the same experience! I did sound like a coffee snob but who wants filtered coffee?

  4. You're exactly right! Filtered coffee = blah, I'm glad I'm not the only coffee snob.

  5. It's such a shame that a great cup of coffee is so hard to find in the states! The grande coffee culture just does not cater to us piccolo drinkers so lucky you found this gem!