Vivace takes espresso very, very seriously. Founder David Schomer literally wrote the book on preparing espresso (from bean choice and roasting, to grinding, to the perfect brew) and can be seen holding seminars in the back room. The baristas here are very skilled, and proud of the quality of their work. They should be. Of all the espressos I've tried, theirs is not only excellent, but consistently so. Great flavor and depth, beautiful crema, perfectly steamed milk, if you go for that.
The cafe has a nice open atmosphere, with comfortable chairs as well as tables that invite you to open a chessboard or bring a book. Little cookies and nibbles are also available but really, here, it's all about the coffee.