Before this Williamsburg coffee bar and roastery came along, the only place in New York where you could find San Francisco’s famed Blue Bottle Coffee was at Gramercy Tavern. Now caffeine fanatics can sample the company’s shots of espresso and cups of joe—made to order from freshly roasted, mostly organic beans—without dropping a wad of cash on a dinner. Iced-coffee fans in particular should take note: Five contraptions from Japan slowly cold-drip Kyoto-style brew, while those who like to add milk should consider the stronger New Orleans-style preparation, fortified with chicory.Read more
Husband-and-wife-owned Cafe Grumpy might have an extensive drink menu, but the baristas' utter dedication to the almighty bean is no less intense. Clover coffee machines hum nonstop, brewing fresh individual cups off the ever-changing bean menu-the baristas will talk up a storm about the coffees if you let them-and pastries are available from Blue Sky, Balthazar and other bakeries.Read more
The coastal California vibes of this chilled-out Lower East Side café from Nick Morgenstern (Morgenstern’s Finest), replete with a blond-wood bar and pops of aqua neon, is the influence of its San Diego–bred chef Gerardo Gonzalez. The stools-only, outlet-free spot doesn’t have a stay-awhile vibe, but the Mexican iced mocha on draft is alone worth a pop-in. Spiced with chili flakes and cinnamon, Counter Culture black coffee is topped with sweetened condensed milk, and capped with Mexican chocolate and fresh mint.Read more
Coffee devotee Jonathan Rubenstein now serves grade-A espresso at five locations of his boutique-coffee chain. In addition to espresso-based drinks, a single-cup, drip-coffee bar dispenses a rotating selection of brews, while baked goods from companies like Donut Plant provide just the kind of snacks a coffee drinker needs. And for real bean aficionados, Joe offers classes at the Joe Pro Shop at 131 West 21st street.
East Village vet Vito DiTomaso (Luca Lounge) made a return engagement to Avenue B with this subway-tiled java haunt, kitted out with plush leather sofas, a roaring fake fireplace and, oh, yeah, a beer-and-bourbon speakeasy hidden behind sliding barn doors in the back. Fuel up before work with perfectly foamed Brooklyn Roasting Company cappuccinos—in-house refills are only a buck—and Balthazar pastries, then pop back in post–9-to-5 to survey the 16 lines of quality local suds, including Coney Island Seas the Day IPL and Empire’s Amber Ale.Read more