Rafaella is working a shabby-chic, old-Vienna look (chandeliers, brocade, velvet), along with plenty of rainbow flags. Although there are serviceable pastas, panini and salads on the menu, most of the sofa-snuggling pairs go straight for the sweets: massive slices of cheesecake, glistening slabs of strawberry tart and parfait glasses piled high with fancy spiked-coffee drinks. Come summertime, they sit outside for fabulous people-watching; the café stays open till 2am.
|Venue name:||Caffe Rafaella|
134 Seventh Ave South
|Cross street:||between Charles and W 10th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|