Friday, March 27, 2009

☞ EAT: Il Caffe Latte

Freshly opened this month, Il Caffe Latte has brought some competition to Settepani on Lenox Avenue/Malcom X. The atmosphere is actually much warmer than Settepani with exposed brick on one side, the incredible original tin ceiling up top and a garden view in the back. The rest is updated with bright modern chairs and a mosaic tile wall on the opposite end. The weekends are packed and even the lunch crowd on a Thursday was substantial. Coffee, sandwiches and pastries for the most part but some nods to local specialties such as red velvet cake. This part of Lenox Avenue is by the Mount Morris Historic District so the buildings are amazing and many storefronts are being refinished for lease. If a couple of more great restaurants open, this will be the restaurant row to look out for. 189 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Avenue between 119th and 120th Street. Phone:212.222.2241 or 347.528.8101

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