Early morning of my second full day in New York, I make my way to Washington Square from Brooklyn. (Having spent much time in and around Union Square the day before with Everyman Espresso, Internet Week, and Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, I thought I'd hit up another "square".) Looking up nearby cafes, I learned about Caffe Reggio, the first cafe in the US to have served a cappuccino!
Original Cappuccino: It's a must-visit for me, right?
The little cafe was filled with early coffee drinkers/breakfast eaters. Actually, found out soon later that they were part of one big tour group when they all got up and left together.
Open until 2 and 4 AM??? Please come to LA.
Of course, I had to start with the cappuccino. I love cappuccinos with tasty foam.
Vintage coffee maker!
I turned around and saw this behind me.
Heart-shaped ice cream chairs! I like the red upholstered seats.
Matching old brown pew benches.
My morning meal was the Canarino Voltaire: two poached eggs on a bed of yellow rice with a blend of three European cheeses.
I had forgotten that this dish had cheese in it, so it was a huge (but pleasant) surprise when I took my first bite. It's almost like the cheese was infused into the rice. The poached egg with the rice and parsley was a perfect bite: not too much cheese, yet buttery and soft. And so much flavor!
I don't often describe what I eat, but this was seriously the best poached eggs I've ever had.