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Posted by Jeff Dufour on 10/08/2012
Nice little change from some other place's coffee and sandwiches. Friendly staff and tasty fresh bread sandwiches. They have a strong organic coffee that I love and only place in the neighborhood to get a good coffee! My only comment is that the WiFi wasn't fast enough but they give it for free so you can't really complain.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2011
The vibe and the food are great here, but the coffee, particularly espresso-based drinks, is weak and terrible. I have frequented this cafe for over a year and keep trying to like the coffee, but no...it's just not good. Nice owners anf wonderful sandwiches though.
Posted by Kate on 09/22/2011
I'm rarely in Harlem, but was visiting a friend and then looking for a place to eat together. I have to say I was a bit worried I wouldn't find a place in the neighborhood where I'd enjoy eating, so I was pretty happy and delightfully surprised to walk into Spaha Cafe. There was a nice variety of tasty treats on the menu and I decided to sample the pesto chicken sandwich on crusty ciabatta, while my pal had the vegan sandwich with grilled vegetables & tofu on whole wheat. I have to confess that I LOVED my pesto chicken, it was exactly what my taste buds were craving and the ciabatta bread made it perfect. I tried a bite of my friend's sandwich, and even though I am not a huge fan of vegan food, it was pretty darned good. We were still a little hungry and not ready to leave yet, so we shared a carrot souffle and it was sweet and mouth watering at the same time. I talked to the the lady who served us and it turns out she was the owner. She was a sweetheart and talked about her store and how she likes to support local suppliers. I thought that was pretty neat. I left that store feeling full and feeling good overall. If I'm ever back in that area, I'm definitely stopping by this joint again.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2010
I am new to this area of the city and worked nearby for the summer. I stumbled on this place one day looking for a bite to eat. The sandwiches are fantastic. I get the honey chicken salad on a multigrain bread ofen Quite delicious and different. All of the pastries look delicious and the lattes are great. This is definitely a welcome establishment in East Harlem offering fresh choices and healthier alternatives to pizza, fried chicken, McDonalds, etc.
Posted by Kristin on 06/20/2010
Until this place opened, there was nowhere in the neighborhood to get a ham and cheese, sweet cream or almond croissant... Especially not anything like a Balthazar croissant (where i believe they get their pastries, thus justifying the cost). Of course none of this is vital to my existence, but it sure makes for a nice start to my sundays! The owner is there often and she's very sweet, and they have free wifi. In addition, it is a great place to grab a good loaf of bread to have with dinner.
Posted by anonymous on 05/13/2010
this is certainly the place to go if you're tired of all the fatty and greasy food around the neighborhood. They're a little pricey, but it's nothing outrageous(and where else can you get raisin cream cheese)
Posted by Scott K. on 02/20/2010
This is a first class establishment all around! The salads, sandwiches, soups and lattes are the best I have had in Manhattan. They have generous salads with pesto chicken, cranberries, walnuts and goatcheese for only $7.95! Add the exceptional service, serene ambiance and free WIFI and you are in heaven!