What a lucky find! We were wandering around the upper reaches of Chelsea, jonesing for a coffee, and there it was–Filicori Zecchini, one of three New York locations of an Italian coffee chain of the same name. As you enter you will see a long counter where you can order your coffee and drool over the beautiful treats on display below. We showed restraint and only purchased coffee, but it required a heroic exercise of will power.
Armed with our choice of caffeine, we looked for an empty spot. There were plenty of places to sit and linger, but most were taken. We found a spot and settled in. The coffee was very good and was accompanied by a little wrapped rectangle of chocolate. Most importantly, we were able to collect our thoughts as we enjoyed a perfectly made cortado because the space was fairly quiet despite being mostly full.
It should come as no surprise that the laptop brigade present in spades–their presence is almost always an excellent sign, as they seek silence and respect it. We did find the background music to be just a hair louder than we would prefer, but the space was still comfortable because the music, which featured jazz and bossa nova, was calming. It was, in fact, perfect coffee house music that, volume aside, added to the atmosphere and comfortability of the place. And unlike some coffee shops in Manhattan, a restroom is available for customers. Filicori Zecchini is definitely worth checking out.
Monday through Saturday: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
(at the corner of 21st Street), New York, NY 11011