33 Carmine St New York, NY 10014
Roasting under the name Gotham out of Red Hook, the small and sunny Prodigy Coffee makes its home where you'd think it would have long been coffee-shop row: a cuteness-packed strip of Carmine that's long been dying for a decent, nay, great, espresso. This central West Village spot quenches the thirst, and the small, simple space (just enough room for an espresso machine and a pressed-tin bar) offers a basic espresso menu (with soy and almond as non-dairy alternatives), teas, and treats with a smattering of chairs and a pleasing bench outside. A vintage frame menu, small chandeliers, and a massive antique mirror add extra Victorian character to this otherwise straightforward shop.
Unique beverages to take note of may be the rotating single origin pour-overs or Prodigy specials like the "Snake Bite" – espresso poured over melted dark chocolate and a bubbly espresso tonic. A small bakery case offers flavored biscotti and croissants, but you may want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a signature matcha.
Reviewed by Katrina Yentch.
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