Despite the fantastically successful rebirth of his very American Union Square Cafe last December, Danny Meyer’s sights have ostensibly been set squarely on building a new Roman Empire along a tight stretch of, let’s call it, “Lower East Midtown.” (LoEMid?)
His Maialino has, of course, been a sensation (behold the regular parade of celebs from Louis CK to Khloe Kardashian to Barack and Michelle) since it opened at the Gramercy Park Hotel in 2009. That was followed by Marta at the exceedingly trendy new Hollywood-export Redbury Hotel in NoMad. And this week it got a little sister in the form of Caffe Marchio, a cool, casual cafe and wine bar in an adjacent space.
With its patterned floors, marble countertops and towering columns, it looks like it could have been airlifted from Roma’s Via Del Corso. And with Exec Chef Joe Tarasco and Pastry Chef Jess Weiss helming the kitchen, it serves up tastily authentic sandwiches and pastries – accompanied by Italian beers and wines and, best of all, Old-Country-strong espressos…meant to be enjoyed standing up.
Surely, it’s a good time to be an Italophile in NYC.