Cafe Reggio is said to be the oldest coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Dating back to 1927, history seems to have trapped itself in the sometimes claustrophobic dimly-lit cafe.
The restaurant is decorated heavily with Renaissance art paintings. At the far back of the cafe sits the monstrous original espresso machine, which I learned later was once the pride and joy of the original owner, Domenico Parisi, who was said to not let anyone operate it but himself.
The Italian dishes are pretty standard, but the great thing is the portions are just right without going overboard, and the prices are very reasonable.
(Seriously, I don’t know why I’m always in Chelsea these days either).
I was desperate for some girl time, and when I called up my friend Shahla for a quick afternoon bite, she suggested we take it to Cafeteria. This place is open 24/7 and specializes in comfort (read: so bad for you yet so good) food.