The 9 Best Coffee Places in New York

Happy National Coffee Day! I don’t know about you, but coffee is my lifesaver each day. I have a cup in the morning as I’m getting ready, usually a latte on the way to work and then two more later in the evening. Coffee is my safe haven. Since today is National Coffee Day, we decided to put together our favorite coffee spots for you to check out in New York. If you aren’t a big coffee drinker, not t fret. They have plenty of teas and pastries for you to indulge in too!

 

Hutch & Waldo

247 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028

This Australian inspried cafe is one of the best. They are proudly located on the upper east side and know how to make a mean flat white. Hutch + Waldo are obsessed by coffee. Serving espresso-based drinks, fresh juice and sandwiches, kombucha and nitro-brew coffee on tap, super-fresh cafe food, and an awesome neighborhood hang.

Culture Espresso

72 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

A solid cortado and drip coffee anchor the menu of this stylish coffee bar near Bryant Park. It’s a much stronger choice for coffee than the several chain stores closer to the park, and as a bonus it serves a superb chocolate chip cookie.

Ground Central

888 8th Avenue, New York NY 10019

Ground Central is a love letter to New York, so they designed the space to reflect everything that makes this vivacious city what it is. Famed Australian street artist Heesco made their murals, which tell the dynamic story of New York, with coffee as its lifeblood and rock & roll as its voice. They play an extensive collection of vintage rock & roll records every day to reflect the history, heart, and soul of New York. Allow yourself to soak up the harmonious union of yesterday’s music with today’s budding coffee culture.

Happy Bones

394 Broome St, New York NY 10013

Happy Bones is a tiny and quiet Little Italy gem where you are immediately transported away from the hustle of NYC. This minimalistic coffee shop offers global publications and local art for viewing, stark white exposed brick walls and signature tortoise shell spoons for sale–in addition to a delicious espresso. Relax with your Flat White (the Aussie version of a latte and Happy Bones’ specialty!) with the morning paper; when you order, select from a wide variety of milks (yay for dairy-free diners!). While here, you’re bound to run into tons of downtown NYC creatives, and start your morning off on the right foot.

Birch Coffee

For locations, visit birchcoffee.com.

Scattered all around the city, Birch is a convenient coffee shop with various types of coffee, lots of space to sit and work, and laid-back, rustic furniture. They have various non-dairy milk options–including hemp milk–and pride themselves on creating a sense of community amidst the chaos of New York City. Their “Ignition Initiative” encourages patrons to mingle; cups have “Hello my name is___,” printed on them, and their Ignition Initiative cards provide a great topic to talk about which you can place on your table to welcome conversation. If you’re not looking for a quiet place to work, Birch does more than coffee, helping you connect with others in a city where the fast-pace can make it difficult to make friends. With that said, if you’re after a place to focus and sit on your laptop, they’ve got that on offer as well.

Sant Ambroeus

For locations, visit santambroeus.com.

This may not be just a coffee shop, but this ristorante’s authentic stand-up espresso bar at any of its many locations across Manhattan and the Hamptons make for some of the best Instagram moments, and some of the best cappuccinos. There is something sweet and magical about the espresso drinks here; they are absolutely delicious. Head here in the morning or midday for a pick me up, order a latté, double espresso or cappuccino to stay or to go. Don’t be surprised if you spot Bella, Gigi, Kendall or Emrata grabbing a bite to eat while you sip your frothy fix–they’re all regulars.

Coffee Project

239 E 5th Street, New York NY 10003

In the mood for a deconstructed latte? Or, never heard of one? We’re guessing it’s the latter. Here, try the Project One and the Nitro Coffee. We won’t take all the fun out of it, but the Project One consists of one shot espresso, a shot of steamed milk, a latte cup, a glass of sparkling water and a little waffle cookie. The baristas here are knowledgable and explain everything to you as you go, as any bartender, mixology master or cocktail artist might after hours. If you are looking for a place that takes coffee seriously and serves up new takes on classics you think you know all too well, this is it.

Hi-Collar

214 East 10th St. New York NY 10003

Coffee at Hi-Collar is all about the experience. An awesome Japanese outpost that serves coffee by day and sake by night, this café is exclusive in feel–as it seats about ten people. You will continually hear “Choose your Bean” here; choose from a variety of them, then pick your brewing method. Expert tip: try the Mizudashi Iced Coffee and a green tea Rice Krispy treat. Not sure what to go for? The baristas here are some of the friendliest in the city, and will definitely give their advice on what to drink and how best to enjoy it. Pull up a chair at this counter to pay $7 to sip coffee from a $700 gold leafed Christofle cup. Head here to feel like royalty for the time it takes you to sip a cup of coffee.

Toby’s Estate Coffee @ Club Monaco

160 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10010

Refuel at this six seat espresso bar inside of the Club Monaco’s flagship store after a Fifth Avenue shopping spree. Not only does Toby’s Estate offer pour overs, but baristas here pull espresso shots on a La Marzocco Strada machine with painted matte white surroundings to match the space’s cool, easy vibes. If you’re looking for a place to sip your hot drink, head into Strand bookstore and take a seat on their plush couches, or visit Putnam & Putnam flowers–both have store in store locations in Club Monaco as well.

Resources:

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/travel-dining/advice/a3909/best-coffee-shops-new-york-city/

https://ny.eater.com/maps/best-cafe-coffee-shop-new-york-city-brooklyn-queens

https://www.ground-central.com/

https://www.hutchandwaldo.cafe/

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