141 E 44th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.752494 -73.974495
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
Perfect espresso – perfectly served in an espresso cup - the barrista's here know how to make the perfect espresso drink. Although a but pricier than the competitor, you are never dissapointed.
Best Coffee in Manhattan...period. – As a bonafide coffe snob & ex-PacNW downtown Portlander who's returned to NY - trust me when I say this is the best coffee in NYC. I know, I've looked everywhere. The mocha is liquid heaven. The food is fresh, creative and fantastic. The atmosphere is simple, pure, espresso house. Do yourself a favor, ditch Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and have some real cofffee. I am a huge Stumptown fan, but Macchiato gives a neck in neck run for the money.
Great coffee - great pastries – We have quickly become regulars at this local coffee shop. Hands down, beats starbucks any day of the week! Pastries are great and the salads are yummy and hearty. Every neighborhood should have a coffee shop like this place....
"Coffee as it Should Be" – I am a regular at this coffee Bar. Every morning I share 5 minutes with the other customers that are willing to wait for a "proper cup of coffee". What amaze me, is how the guys behind the bar, remember what coffee their regulars drink (and we are many). There is always a small line, but like a good New Yorker when I see a line I know that there is a good thing at the end of it. Try the "Chocolate croissant". Keep the good job guys.
Best Espresso Around – I don't drink a cup of coffee, java, or joe. I drink espresso; only espresso. Macchiato faithfully produces a superb espresso, promptly, in a proper demitazza. Their espresso is smooth, neither sour nor bitter, and has a dark and thick long lasting crema. I have not found a better espresso in Manhattan.
Meh... – My boyfriend and I went into Machiatto Expresso Bad one rainy day to get some coffee and breakfast. I live in the neighborhood and had heard great things about it. While I agree I would LOVE to have one of these instead of Star-yucks on the corner, I didn't quite understand the hype. The staff was talking really loud when it was such a small, quiet place (about wanting to go home I might add). When I ordered, the barista acted like there was a huge line in back of me when there was no one. He didn't even let me get in that I wanted a cheese danish. I had to ask 3 times for it. My boyfriend's bagel looked good and fresh, and the organic coffee was OK...a little over roasted. My cheese danish was delicious, I just wish, like the rest of their pasteries, save the croissants, it wasn't so small! I guess I like my pastries on the big side, but I'm a 5'7 115 pound girl and can't imagine someone bigger and hungrier than me being satisfied with those tiny pastries! Then again, I guess Machiatto approaches them as something to enjoy with their coffee rather than to fill you up, which in this day and age is admirable.
delicious!yum! – I was on my way to work and I stumbled along this place, and am very pleased that I have! The coffee was delish and the pastries were too! I am def going to go back for my morning cup of coffee.
a tourist/pretension/attitude-free coffee spot – as one of the many bleary-eyed new yorkers who cannot begin the day without a cup of coffee, i have been quite lucky to have very accidentally stumbled upon macchiato bar. after only three visits, the staff knew my drink and made it with a smile. not only is it refreshing to be greeted cheerfully in the morning, it is also quite lovely to enjoy a cup of coffee that doesn't taste like the bottom of the urn it was brewed in. i am also impressed at their efficiency: given the long lines in the morning and that there are only 3 people behind the counter (2 of whom make the drinks), the line moves swiftly and with little confusion, which is more than i can say for other establishments, namely one whose name rhymes with "car-trucks." my only gripe is that they are only open until 6pm and not open on the weekend. otherwise, i have nothing negative to say.
Editorial Review – Espresso bar serves gourmet coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches and salads to eat in or take out.
Glorious! – Some coffee snobs post that NYC can't brew a good cup of espresso because the water here is too "hard." That's BS. I've just finished a Mochaccino from Macchiato, and it was perfect?rich and well-balanced, with no sour notes and most importantly, no burnt tar taste from over-roasting like the mermaids do. The only reason NYC is not in the coffee valhalla along with Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, is that Macchiato hasn't been here as long as the other towns' stalwarts. There are some good coffee shops in Williamsburg, but this is just as good, and beats anything I've had in Manhattan.
I also want to put in a good word for the grilled veggie sandwich, which was awesome. Fresh, well-spiced, and the ciabatta was perfect.
Lastly, the service was great?cheerful, knowledgeable and efficient. Don't expect fast food?this stuff is made to order?but it was as fast as can be reasonably expected. If anyone from Macchiato is reading, please know that a good review from me is a rarity, and I usually post here to bitterly complain about mediocre places that the Citysearch herd heedlessly overrates.
First of all, I thank you sincerely for your very kind words.
I am also very happy you enjoyed the food and drinks here. This is indeed the reason we bake and make everything here on the premises (too many 4 day old muffins and croissants out there wrapped in plastic).
Last but not least, consistency is a battle I fight to win everyday, and I believe it is crucial to an establishment. I hope your next visits are just as enjoyable, and look for me the second they stop and it shall be corrected.
Thank you again.
Macchiato Espresso Bar
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