Coffee is served on a silver tray. Let’s just start there. You’ll feel like you’re in a scene from Inglorious Basterds (it’s a good thing). The coffee comes from Julius Meinl in Vienna. Yea, like not Vienna New Jersey. Vienna as in Austria. Did I mention a little something called the Kaiser Melange ($5)? Oh, that’s just their fresh ground coffee with whipped cream. Maybe the BEST THING YOU’LL EVER HAVE. When your waiter is walking towards you with a Kaiser Melange on a silver platter, this may be the moment you realize you’re not in Starbucks anymore.. And in case you’re caught wondering, the Sabarsky Heiße Schokolad ($6.50), otherwise known as house made Viennese hot chocolate with whipped cream should also be orderedIt’s hard to go wrong with anything on this menu, but let me insist you order the Apfelstrudel ($8). Described on the menu as just apple strudel, but it’s really impossible to describe how far above amazing this is. It’s in the top 5 pastries I’ve ever had. Even the chocolate covered almonds ($3) are far beyond what you would expect. They’re not so much covered, as maybe dusted? Fabulous though. Just go here. Order. As Colonel Hans Landa would say, “Ah! Wait for the cream!” 

A time warp to another place and time, found.

Tip: Go on a weekday. There’s usually a 15 minute wait on the weekend.

Tip: Make a day of it. Go to the Met, stroll or ride through the park, and end up at Cafe Sabarsky. 

Cafe Sabarsky

1048 5th Avenue

Mon,Wed 9am-6pm

Thu-Sun 9am-9pm

(212) 288-0665

Aroma Espresso Bar is the kind of place that can easily be passed off as “just another cafe”. I know, because I did just that for months. What a mistake. Not only is this one of my go to places for items such as sandwiches, salads, and coffees; but it is home to unquestionably one of the best hot chocolates. Perfectly rich, creamy, and just the right amount of sweetness is only the first thing you will notice. It is topped with what they call whipped cream, but remains a holy like mystery to my friends and I. By far, the best “whipped cream” you will ever have. Take the spoon and dig down to the bottom, you will find a mass of melted chocolate that only adds to the experience. Small $3.50, large $4.10.

One of the best, discovered.

Aroma Espresso Bar Soho

145 Greene Street

(212) 533-1094

Aroma Espresso Bar Midtown

205 East 42nd Street

(212) 557-1010

Aroma Espresso Bar Uptown

161 West 72nd Street

(2120 595-7700