New York goes through so many foodie phases—cupcakes, Neapolitan pizza, dessert trucks and now coffee. In the last year, gourmet brewers have popped up all over like Stumptown and Blue Bottle, and I was lucky enough to attend a blogger party to check out the newest iteration of the trend—Nespresso’s new boutique bar in SoHo.
The two-level bar is a beautiful space with a totally modern feel—fitting for a new-age cafe. The walls are lined with hi-tech espresso machines (think a mini version of your office push-button machine), stacks of their flavor capsules called “Grand Crus” and bar stools or a dining area to try out the fare from their breakfast, lunch or dinner menus.
For the press preview, we sampled a dinner menu paired with coffees and wines created by Top Chef season 1 alum Stephen Asprinio, a Nespresso spokesperson and essentially their coffee “sommelier”:
As you can see, unfortunately for me, the dinner was meat and seafood, so I couldn’t partake much save for the vegetarian garnishes, but as for the coffee, they were bold, don’t-mess-with-me flavors that really prove just how gourmet coffee can go. Blue Bottle fans should try!
The first boutique bar was established on Madison Ave. a few years back, but it’s nice that this Swiss brand is looking out for us downtown folk now, too.
Nespresso Boutique Bar
92 Prince St. (at Mercer)
N, R to Prince St.
(All photos courtesy of Nespresso)