Best coffeeshops for lingering

These welcoming spots let you sit and sip for hours at a time.



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  • Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein


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    Hungarian Pastry Shop

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    Cafe Madeline

Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein


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Caf Madeline
This new French-inspired caf is a friendly, sun-drenched addition to Ditmas Park's main drag. The narrow rustic space has a communal feel with locals convening around the large table up front. (Those seeking more intimate environs should claim one of the date-friendly two tops toward the back.) Fueling the community spirit: snacks like orange brioche and Nutella-slathered ficelles ($3--$7) and coffees ($2.50) made using a rotating selection of single-origin organic beans from Counter Culture. Our pick: the "Australian iced coffee," a double shot of chilled espresso over two scoops of vanilla ice cream with milk ($5). 1603 Cortelyou Rd between 16th and 17th Sts, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-941-4020,

Caffe Reggio
New York icons including Jack Kerouac and Martin Scorsese are said to have parked themselves in this classic Greenwich Village nook for hours on end, and it's easy to see why. The neighborhood's oldest coffeehouse (it opened in 1927) creates a lush ambience in a tiny space: intricate wrought-iron chairs, marble two tops and a gleaming chrome espresso machine (made in 1902 and imported from Italy when the caf opened) add to the belle epoque feel. While the uniformly strong cappuccino may not seem revolutionary today, Reggio claims to have introduced New Yorkers to the espresso drink some 75 years ago. Order one ($3.75)—it's gently bitter and perfectly foamy—and maybe an overstuffed cannoli ($3.75) while you're at it, then people-watch the day away. 119 MacDougal St between Minetta Ln and W 3rd St (212-475-9557,

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This former gallery space has found a second life as an airy caf, with communal cedar picnic tables handcrafted by the owner and piles of magazines for sharing. The rotating selection of beans is sourced seasonally from Intelligentsia (recent favorites included a light, brightly flavored Rwandan variety), and the friendly staff will help you decide whether Chemex or AeroPress is the best brewing method for you. 399 West Broadway at Spring St (212-219-8722)

The Hungarian Pastry Shop
This Morningside Heights institution has been fueling Columbia students, bespectacled intellectuals and local characters for nearly 50 years—and it's been serving the same smooth Colombian blend from Puerto Rico Coffee Co. for the past 25. Place your order at the counter—a bittersweet Russian coffee enhanced with espresso, chocolate and whipped cream ($3.75) and a plate of cherry strudel ($3.75) will do just fine—then claim your spot at one of the warmly lit tables. 1030 Amsterdam Ave between 110th and 111th Sts (212-866-4230)

Iris Cafe
Laptoppers are banned here, so customers can actually be found reading and chatting—a lovely change of pace from today's "coffices." Get yourself a strong cup of drip coffee (small $1.75, large $2.25) crafted from the rotating selection of Stumptown beans and lighten it with a splash of milk from upstate's Battenkill Valley Creamery. The resulting cup happens to pair particularly well with the shop's homemade cinnamon-raisin sticky buns ($3). 20 Columbia Pl between Joralemon and State Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-722-7395)

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