In some ways, Kaffe 1668 is a neighborhood cafe. In other ways, its an orthodox coffee bar. For NYers on the run there are lattes in paper cups and jumbo cookies. But for the obsessed, there is drip coffee from a Clover machine, or seasonal single origin.
Last spring, the owner, Ken Nye, did the next best thing to roasting his own beans by creating the Alphabet City Blend with Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. Its good in a cappuccino, great in a macchiato & exquisite in an espresso.
With its travertine floors, walnut bar and natty staff, this is a striking setting for a cappuccino. The drink is up to the surroundings. Cold-brewed iced coffee tastes as bright and fruity as berries steeped in water.