Used to be great. Now pretty average. Coffee probably still tastes good if you're sitting outside in summer smoking Gitanes (to dull the taste) and watching the pretty boys and girls go by in their shorts and sundresses, whichever is your preference. So, similar experience to the sidewalk cafes if Paris. Lots of reasons to go and enjoy. But coffee is not one of them. But if you're in the area and can't make it to Gimme Coffee around the corner, or want somewhere to sit down and eat as well as sip coffee, then go right ahead.
Trust me; this is the only place in New York where they know what a flat white is and how to make it. Mott St is in China Town, lower Manhattan. Cool little spot, with lots of interesting people to watch. Grab a table outside and enjoy the show. Food is really reasonably priced (for NY) and pretty good. An interesting French/Moroccan thing going on. But most importantly, the coffee is good and I traveled from up town every day that I was in NY. Flat white is good, espresso is better. Chances are there may be an Aussie working when you visit, but as with most of NY, don't expect idle chatter. The staff I was served by nice enough to warrant a tip, but it seems strictly business. (The image is from Paolo Mastrangelo Blogspot: http://paolomastrangelo.blogspot.com/2008/07/cafe-gitane-242-mott-st.html)
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