Via Quadronno

Overall Rating: 7.400

Address: 25 E 73rd St.
Cross Street(s): Madison Ave.
City, State ZIP: New York, NY 10021
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Phone: 212.650.9801
Hours: M-F 8:30am-11pm; Sa 9:30am-11pm; Su 10:30am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Antica Tostatura Triestina
Cup Manufacturer: Richard Ginori
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 06/06/2005
First Reviewed: 06/06/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales

Modelled after a paninoteca on Via Quadronno in Milan, this café has locations in Tokyo, Coral Gables, FL, and soon Hong Kong. Many say they serve the best espresso in NYC, and that says something about espresso in NYC. You enter a tavern-like café with a lot of wood, a grand, gold, and imposing two-group La San Marco on the counter, Italian wine bottles for display and drinking, and many customers in Upper East Side business suit attire. Small tables for casual dining in front; table service downstairs in back. They serve renowned panini, but I learned they are all pre-made and cannot be tailored to order. They serve espresso with a dark brown but "balding" crema of splotchy thickness. It has a good, rich flavor of cloves, thyme, and pepper. Served in "VQ" flying pig logo Richard Ginori cups. Very good, but not a standout. They also make excellent microfoam for milk drinks and sell the Miscela Antica Tostatura Triestina coffee blend they serve.