The beautiful Baroque era clock in Caffé Reggio, on MacDougal.
My favorite fucking café ever.
They have paintings from the Renaissance era, busts of great composers, a ceiling fan that is actually an orginal prop from the flim Casablanca, a 500 year-old bench once owned by the Medici family in Italy (which customers are allowed to sit in), and the world’s first espresso machine.
They opened in 1927, and it looks like they have barely changed a thing since then! The tables and chairs are so quintessential of a 1920’s european café. They were the first place in America to serve capuccino, and it is fantastic. Mmmm… chocolate mousse and tira misu and profiterole (which actually isn’t the name of a painkiller).