Casual Coolness (and Grilled Cheese) at Cafe Americano

Cafe Americano (at 964 Lexington Avenue) is an exercise in European chic, debuting as an ode to the fare—and the “salons”—of Mortimer’s and Swifty’s. The restaurant is another success from Anthony Martignetti and Tom Martignetti, whose brand includes: Brinkley’s, the East Pole, EastField’s, and Pizza Beach.

Cafe Americano’s chef, Joseph Capozzi, has created a menu centered around club-inspired “New American” fare. It features: the East Pole grilled cheese (with aged cheddar cheese and a pickle spread),  a double-cheeseburger (with onion-and-shallot jam), and the Americano lobster roll (with fennel-and-tarragon aioli). The fish plates—including the East Coast oysters as well as the Montauk diver scallops (with warm farro and gooseberry salad) and the olive oil–poached monkfish (with arugula salad and fennel)—are sourced from the Northeast. And, for the health-conscious, theres a spiced, Greek-yogurt dip with crudites and a “macro” bowl (with avocado, chick pea, kale, quinoa, and sweet potato).

Cafe Americano boasts a scene that’s, well, casual about its coolness—and, for that reason, it’s becoming the boîte for the downtown/uptown set. “As Upper East Side residents, Tom and I feel we have captured exactly what the neighborhood has needed for a while,” shares Anthony Martignetti. “Cafe Americano will be a great destination for people to enjoy, whether meeting friends for coffee and breakfast, a drinks date, or nightcap after dinner—or for pre- and post-benefit cocktails.”

Cafe Americano is open for breakfast (7 a.m. to 11 a.m.), lunch (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.), and dinner (5 p.m. to 1 a.m.). For more information, call 917-285-4947 or visit visit

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