Sotheby’s debuts elegant Italian cafe: Sant Ambroeus

This ain’t no Starbucks! Sotheby’s has recently traded up in the coffee world replacing Terrace Cafe with a far more beautiful place to get your cup of java: Sant Ambroeus. Housed on the top floor of the Upper East Side auction house, the cafe’s design conceived by New York-based designer Robert McKinley, will leave you buzzing. Inspired by Italian coffee bars in the ’50s (think: La Dolce Vita-style) Town and Country offers a peek inside. The cafe’s walls and columns are covered in mahogany paneling, the geometric-print patterned floors are inspired by Gio Ponti and the bar is adorned with custom Murano glass pendants.

But aside from figuratively feasting one’s eyes on the decor, the public and Sotheby’s employees alike can feel free to literally feast on pressed panini and desserts like Sant Ambroeus’ signature chocolate mousse cake and gianduia crafted with hazelnut sponge, hazelnut wafer, hazelnut cream gianduia mousse, and milk chocolate glaze, in addition to a variety of espresso drinks.

Buon appetito!