Caffee Reggio: "A New York Original" Cafe Reggio Tip by SOLODANCER

Cafe Reggio, New York City: 6 reviews and 6 photos

  The sublime Caffee Reggio

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 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.

Address: 119 MacDougal Street
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: On the West Village on MacDougal Street and West 3rd.
Phone: (212) 475-9557
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Coffeehouse

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 7, 2011
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