It’s probably bad form of me to only now be profiling Abraço, as this awesome hole in the wall was one of the first cafés to do craft coffee – incredibly well – in New York City. Ever lively co-owner and head barista Jamie McCormick consistently delivers on the coffee front, while chef Elizabeth Quijada makes some of the best eats around – including a pain perdu ($3), olive oil cake ($3), cured olive cookie ($2) and lemon cornmeal cake ($3). Her frittata deserves its own attention; that perfectly constructed, melt in your mouth beauty is something no person should have to go without! Also on offer is a really well priced prix-fixe that changes daily ($15), definitely worth a try. You might have a little difficulty finding a perch in the tiny space when it’s busy (and it’s almost always busy), but on a fine day there’s nothing better than loitering at the sidewalk bar out front with the rest of Abraço’s diehard clientele. Only downer is they only offer whole milk – no dairy alternatives or low fat – but even if you have to downsize to an espresso, a stop here will be totally worth your while. Also, if you ask for a flat white they’ll know what you mean!
Location: 86 East 7th St (at 1st Ave)
Hours: Tues-Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-4pm; Mon CLOSED
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; L to 1st Ave
Close to: Bluebird Coffee Shop, Tuck Shop (PIES, SAUSAGE ROLLS, LAMINGTONS!), Whole Foods, Juicy Lucy.