Coffee drinks at Sip This
64 Rockaway Ave. Valley Stream, New York 516-341-0491
For David Sabatino and Stephanie Pontillo, opening a coffeehouse right in the middle of Valley Stream's business district was the best way to honor their hometown. Friends since their days at Wheeler Avenue Elementary, the partners were inspired by such coffeehouses as The Witches Brew in West Hempstead and The Cup in Wantagh. "We always said, 'If we do it, we do it in Valley Stream,'" Sabatino said.
Two years ago this week, they opened Sip This in the former home of the legendary record shop Slipped Disc Records, which closed in 2008. (Say the names quickly to confirm that "Sip This" pays homage to "Slipped Disc.") The shop functions as an informal community center, with art shows, book clubs, mom groups, open-mic and poetry nights.
Most of the pastries at Sip This are made within a 10-mile radius; the coffee is roasted by Gentle Brew in Long Beach. The shop's most popular items are its special latte drinks, all of which celebrate Valley Stream, albeit in ways that may require a degree in semiotics to perceive.
Falcon's Fury, for example, pays tribute to Valley Stream South High School's mascot in its name, and its colors, red and white, through its white chocolate and raspberry flavorings. Spartan Surge, named for Valley Stream North's mascot, is flavored with Irish cream -- which may call to mind the school's green-and-white colors. Eagle's Edge, named for Pontillo's alma mater, Valley Stream Central, is flavored with chocolate, hazelnut and coconut, calling to mind an Almond Joy candy bar ... whose wrapper is blue and white, Eagles colors.
There's no coffee drink for Kellenberg Memorial High School, Sabatino's alma mater. It's in Uniondale.
Photo: David Sabatino and Stephanie Pontillo own Sip This coffee shop in Valley Stream. (Aug. 16, 2013)