New York's 51 best cups of coffee

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    Honduran Finca Liquidambar Catuai drip at Birch Coffee

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    Cuban espresso at East Harlem Cafe

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    Spanish latte at Think Coffee

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    Americano at Battery Place Market

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    Vietnamese coffees at the Coffee Foundry

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    Bicerin at Eataly

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    House blend at the Grey Dog

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    Summer Road at the Randolph at Broome

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    Mezzo at The Smile

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Honduran Finca Liquidambar Catuai drip at Birch Coffee

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Honduran Finca Liquidambar Catuai drip at Birch Coffee
Notes of chocolate and raspberry infuse this Central American pour. Gershwin Hotel, 5 E 27th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-686-1444, birchcoffee.com). $2--$3.25.

Cuban espresso at East Harlem Cafe
A baristas pours a packet of raw sugar directly onto the grounds of Finger Lakes dark java before brewing, resulting in a presweetened, pecan-tinged pick-me-up. 1651 Lexington Ave at 104th St (212-996-2080, eastharlemcafe.com). $1.75.

Red Eye at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
A shot of Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso gives regular coffee a serious kick in the pants. 26 Crosby St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-334-3324, housingworks.org). $2.50--$4.50.

Spanish latte at Think Coffee
This latte riff pairs steamed whole milk and velvety sweetened condensed milk with Think's proprietary espresso—a fair-trade blend derived from Porto Rico Importing Co. beans. 248 Mercer St between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-228-6226, thinkcoffeenyc.com). $4.49.

Americano at Battery Place Market
We like to order it with Stumptown's signature Hair Bender blend, which has a pleasantly bittersweet finish, before setting off on a stroll through Battery Park. 77 Battery Pl at 3rd Pl (212-786-0077). $2.50.

Vietnamese coffees at the Coffee Foundry
Find two takes on the style at this cafe-cum--karaoke bar. There's a caramel-tinged mixture of French press--brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk, as well as a more classic interpretation made with a blend of organic dark-roast coffee and chicory—both are standouts. 186 W 4th St between Barrow and Jones Sts (coffeefoundry.com)

Bicerin at Eataly
The Italian megastore offers this popular Piedmontese concoction, featuring thick hot chocolate, espresso and a cool layer of heavy cream. 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-229-2560, eataly.com). $4.

House blend at the Grey Dog
Roasted upstate specifically for Grey Dog, this strong house brew serves as no-nonsense fuel for everyone from NYU students to stroller-pushing moms. 90 University Pl between 11th and 12th Sts (212-414-4739) * 33 Carmine St between Bedford and Bleecker Sts (212-462-0041) * 242 W 16th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-229-2345) * thegreydog.com. $1.75--$2.

Summer Road at the Randolph at Broome
This balanced blend of malted-milk powder, Oaxacan chocolate and your choice of nerdworthy beans (rotating purveyors include Counter Culture and Intelligentsia) bears the mark of a thoughtful mixologist. Order it over Kold-Draft ice cubes at the bar and watch the improved mocha come to life in a pint glass. 349 Broome St between Bowery and Elizabeth St (212-274-0667, randolphnyc.com). $7.

Mezzo at The Smile
This sophisticated half-and-half blend of espresso and steamed milk is less foamy than a cappuccino. 26 Bond St at Lafayette St (646-329-5836, thesmilenyc.com). $3.

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