coffee at abrasco nycIt’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.