REMINDER: NORMAL HOURS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8TH, HOWEVER THE "BRUNCH MENU" IS TAKING A WEEK OFF
We had the great pleasure of visiting Abraco espresso bar this morning. This tiny (emphasis on tiny) cafe serves up Counter Culture Coffee using a La Marzocco Linea and what appeared to be (I couldn't get a close look) Robur E. Forget the equipment specs, what is most important was that the coffee tasted damn good.
Really good. I sampled both a macchiato and an espresso that were made from CC's 'aficionado' blend, while Ali had an appropriately sized americano (bonus points that their default americano size is 4.5 oz).
While I imagine that there are some patrons who might complain of the overtly intimate space, I found it downright comforting to stand shoulder to shoulder with strangers while I waited for my drink. And hey, I know a thing or two about using every square inch of a commercial space; and why pay for an inch of space if isn't going to be filled by some strangers ass on a regular basis? We drink coffee to get us going, right?
Equally as amazing as the coffee was the limited food menu this place churns out. We sampled both a slice of their olive oil cake, as well as a simple cheese and cabbage sandwich (both pictured below).
I found the entire experience inspiring. It brought me back to the simple idea that made us want to open LRBC in the first place: good coffee, good eats, all under one roof. Now more than two years into our own experiment, it makes me laugh to think how far away from that simple concept we have traveled. We're currently stuck in this weird place where we're not quite a coffeehouse, yet something less than a full service restaurant. Somehow we're more often regarded as a restaurant, and whenever we are chastised on the world wide web for not living up to some stranger's expectations, I wish I could reach through my computer screen and into another person's monitor and shout, "We're just a neighborhood coffeeshop people!" But alas, at some point we grew bored with our limited menu and decided to get a little more creative, thus shooting ourselves in the foot (we're not in coffee land anymore, Toto)...
...sorry, I am not quite sure what I am blathering about. This post is about Abraco, not the LRBC.
Bottom line: Abraco kicks f*cking ass! If you're in NYC, go there.
86 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003