Spaghetti, like a hammerhead shark, is rigid and boring until it’s submerged in water, at which point it quickly springs to life and develops a taste for swimmers. Celebrate this predatory noodle with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of imported Italian fare and drinks at Piccolo Café. This Groupon is good at both the Gramercy and Midtown locations.
Piccolo Café fills the boot-shaped hole in New York City’s edible heart, offering casual diners and coffee imbibers fresh, inventive lunch fare and organic Italian brews. The Gramercy menu differs slightly from Midtown’s, but both locations feature authentic Italian cuisine such as the prosciutto, baby spinach, and parmigiano salad ($7), which is served alongside garlic olive oil bruschetta. The parmigiano cheese egg sandwich ($6.50 at Gramercy, $6 at Midtown) is a hearty addition to meatless diets, and unlike fast food chains’ morning meatballs or dusk-till-dawn deep-fried sugar cubes, it’s served all day long.
Both locations feature specialty pastas and a vast panini line-up that includes the Gramercy store’s roasted turkey, mayo, and marinated tomato panini ($8) on your choice of ciabatta or focaccia. A wide variety of caffeinated beverages can kick-start slow-moving mornings; iced coffee ($3) packs a frozen wake-up punch, and tiny cups of espresso ($1.50–$2.50) mask their huge flavor and penchant for cute cat pictures on the Internet.