Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-7pm
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Nestlé subsidiary Nespresso has a slightly sci-fi way of describing its worldwide boutiques: “portals” through which the caffeine-addled public can venture to become, with any luck, loyal lifelong customers. North America’s first such portal has just opened on Madison Avenue, where espresso drinks are made from Nespresso’s twelve “Grand Crus,” each blend hermetically sealed in the company’s patented aluminum capsules. No matter where you stand on the pre-ground, pre-portioned coffee debate—it takes the human expertise out of espresso-pulling, or it eliminates the margin for error—Nespresso has wisely staked out its style-conscious retail territory. Beyond the café, which serves a light menu of pastries, salads, and sandwiches, the showroom is full of race-car-sleek machines designed to seduce the gadget-happy and modernize the fustiest Park Avenue kitchen.