Pre-Murray’s last week (a great class on Cheeses of Summer!), I stopped in at La Colombe on Lafayette in Soho for a medium-quick espresso. It was on my list and it was time to check it out. I’d heard good things.
A cool space, well-designed for sure, with high ceilings, a beautiful concave bar, and sculptural seating. I enjoyed how the lines of the benches and tables reflected those of the bar.
It was busy, though, with quite a few shoppers, tourists, and businessmen, so I took a stand on the other wall by the narrow counter, cradling my conical little cup.
Nice branding indeed. And they serve espresso with a short glass of water, which I appreciate.
The coffee smelled like young port and black mustard seed. It tasted first like charred toast, then angostura bitters, and cooked rapini. I swear it had this weird aftertaste of toro.
I liked the first couple sips, but neither did it continue to amaze, nor really did it develop.
The Soho crowd can keep this one. They do have a great door handle.