A true caffeine junkie, your need for a quick fix recently brought you thisclose to slurping an abandoned au lait on the L platform.
Stage a self-intervention at O Cafe, Fernando Aciar’s just-launched Brazilian java hut. The chef, baker, and former proprietor of an art school-housed coffee bistro in Rio is now bringing top-notch South American ingredients to NYC.
Pair a Bahian chocolate-infused latte with savory pão de queijo, a toothsome roll made from yucca flour and Minas cheese. New Amsterdam Market favorite pão de mel (dense honey cakes flecked with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves) shares space with Amma chocolate bars and locally made treats (Three Tarts pastries, Bond Street Chocolate buddhas). Come spring, refresh with superfruit (açai, cupuaçu) pulp juices sourced from the Amazon.
To help you stay clean, Aciar plans to hold weekly eight-person “laboratories” — round-table discussions on everything from French press know-how to cocoa farming and sustainable agriculture. We’re hooked already.
O Cafe, 482 Sixth Avenue, at 12th Street (212-229-2233 or ocafeny.com).
Photo: Courtesy of O Cafe