Between this and the Orens flagship, the Times Square area just got a major coffee upgrade: A tipster sends in a camera-phone shot of midtowns new Piccolo Caf. Its the second ecofriendly location of the Gramercy original, which opened in March, and were told the menu of pasta, panini, sandwiches, and salads (below) is already packing in workers at the New York Times Building across the street.
The diminutive café, built with reclaimed barnyard wood and all that jazz, is the offshoot of an Italian roaster thats been in business since 1938, and the organic, low-acid coffee comes from beans that are shipped from Trieste in small batches. So what should you order for lunch? CNNs Soledad OBrien is a big fan of the mozzarella, tomato, and olive sandwich.
Piccolo Café Menu [PDF]
Piccolo Café, 274 W. 40th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-302-0143