Saturday, September 10, 2016

Abraço's new home on 7th Street debuts today


[Last day yesterday for Abraço at No. 86 via]

After nearly nine years at 86 E. Seventh St., Abraço has moved into a larger space across the street here between First Avenue and Second Avenue...


[Photo by Steven]

...the new address is 81 E. Seventh St. ...


[Photo by Vinny & O]


[Photo by Vinny & O]

With the larger space, Abraço owners Jamie McCormick and Elizabeth Quijada will also expand their menu offerings. (They were also OK'd for a beer-wine license.) Not sure just yet of the new hours... will update later.

A photo posted by @abraco_espresso on


This space was previously home to Krystal's Cafe 81, which closed earlier this year. (Until Jan. 1, 2005, the address was home to Verchovyna Tavern aka George's Bar aka Bar 81.)

H/T Steven

Previously on EV Grieve:
Abraço looking to move into a larger space across 7th Street

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fucking A. Good for them. For the past six years since I've lived in this neighborhood, I've walked past it and had claustrophobic attacks. It was too small. This I will definitely visit. I am glad there is space to stand without touching someone. And, who knew? Chairs and tables. Yay! Congrats to the owners.

Anonymous said...

I don't know. They should have kept both spaces, and had the smaller one for late late night stuff.

Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful. And yet, there was something so quaint about that little doorway across the street. But yeah, it was also kind of claustrophobic.
Still the best espresso in the city as far as I'm concerned. And now with room to breath.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first commenter - the place was so small, I couldn't bear being in there. The new location looks great and I'll definitely pay them a visit.

Anonymous said...

More space. Hip hip hooray!

equilibrist said...

Glad for them. However, I agree that the space across the street had a certain charm. It felt truly Italian in that you had to drink your espresso standing up. If they want to make the new place authentically Italian they should charge two different prices--one for standing and more to sit at a table and linger!

Anonymous said...

Much nicer space. Best of luck to them.

Sadly I was not impressed with their coffee the few times I tried it, though; maybe I had back luck. Espresso was bitter and somewhat sour. Maybe some like those characteristics in their coffee, though. Regardless, I am glad to have more sit-down non-chain cafés in the neighborhood, so bring it on! Wishing them success in the expansion.

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

it's supposed to be italian??? i thought it was intended to be american and they just picked a portuguese name

Greg Cellamare said...

I gotta be honest...i checked it out on Sunday (about 11 AM) last weekend. MY GOD was it loud. I mean i'm not typically one to complain about loud spaces but this was ridiculous. There were about 10 kids running around like the place was a zoo. Ugh...coffee and the prices were good, but I won't be coming here to read my paper again (PS, i'm 40 not 80). I was literally reading with my fingers pressing my ears closed. I would only stop in for a coffee to go. Maybe when trust fund "entrepreneurs" post up on weekdays for 3 hours it will be better.