Café Reggio – Best Historical Café New York

Cafe Reggio
Cafe Reggio exterior historical cafe
By Michael Bednarek – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

New York city is the center of many great culinary creations and impactful trends that become global sensations. Caffé Reggio is part of that vivacious atmosphere when it opened its doors in 1927 on 119 MacDougal Street In Greenwich village. This makes it the best historical café in New York due its cultural influence and vision.

Best historical café started with espresso machine

Fuelling the city’s ambition, the founder of the Caffe Reggio, Domenico Parisi brought real authentic cappuccino to the city in the 1920s. The café is an Italian American staple and is easily recognisable by the green awnings and window display. Its marble table and classic porcelain coffee and dinnerware are the finishing touches of authenticity. The furniture is also properly preserved from the time of its first opening along with paintings from artists of the school of Carvaggio. The original espresso machine shines on display and actually dates back to 1902.

The centre of NYC pop culture

cafe reggio interior historical cafe
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Throughout history, the café has hosted bohemians, artists and poets. Greats like poet Kerouac and Croso dined at the coveted spot. Reggio is also heavily featured in many hit movies like The Gofdfather Part II, Greenwhich Village, Next Stop, The Next Stop, The Sun is Also a Star, and an episode from Luke Cage season 2.

In fact, celebrities are often spotted taking a picture outside the shop. Even John F Kenney delivered a speech outside of it and in 2010, it was honoured with the Village Award. It has been deemed an essential part of the neighbourhood by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

The menu hilights are often underrated. It features simplisitic Italian staples like penne in pesto, crepes and paninis all based on good quality mozarelle and ingredients. The most popular desserts are the sofgliatella, banana splits and many others. The hilight of the menu has to be the canolli. It’s perfectly crispy on the outside with a soft high quality cream on the inside. Pair that with New York’s original cappuccino and you’re in caffé heaven.

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