Caffe Reggio

Restaurants , Italian Greenwich Village
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Legend has it the original owner of this Greenwich Village café introduced Americans to the cappuccino in 1927. It's since traded in the coal-fueled espresso machine for a sleeker Caffe Sacco model, but you can still admire the old custom-chrome-and-bronze contraption on the bar. Tuck into a tiramisu and espresso under Italian Renaissance paintings (including a 16th-century piece from the School of Caravaggio).
Venue name: Caffe Reggio
Address: 119 MacDougal St
New York
Cross street: between Carmine and E 3rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Sun 8am-3am; Fri, Sat 8am-4am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average cappuccino: $4. Cash only
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Jaime B

Caffe Reggio is one the cutest cafés that I know of in the city, and it claims to be the first café in the country to have served a cappuccino. Even if that’s not true, the café has been open since 1927, so it’s an institution. Honestly, the coffee and dessert are not that good. The coffee always tastes burnt, the cappuccino froth is thin and bubbly rather than marshmallow-y, and the desserts always seem a bit stale. BUT the real food is worth it, and really, you pay for the atmosphere here. The place is very kitschy and warm, with old things all over the walls. You’ll feel sophisticated sitting here with coffee and cake and a book.