New York's 51 best cups of coffee

Dozens of ways to get your fix.

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  • Latte at Saturdays

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    Cappuccino at Caffe Reggio

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    Intelligensia brews at Ground Support

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    MudTruck blend at MudSpot

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    Steamed cappuccino at Ost Café

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    Espresso at Roasting Plant

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    Soy vanilla latte at Soy Cafe

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Pour-overs at Joe

Latte at Saturdays

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Latte at Saturdays
Find excellent La Colombe Torrefaction lattes at this cafe--surf shop hybrid, minus the morning lines found at the Philadelphia roaster's flagship a few blocks away. 31 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-7875, saturdaysnyc.com). $4.

Cappuccino at Caffe Reggio
Reggio claims to have introduced New Yorkers to the cappuccino drink some 75 years ago. Order one—it's gently bitter and perfectly foamy—and get one of the overstuffed cannoli ($3.75) while you're at it. 119 MacDougal St between Minetta Ln and W 3rd St (212-475-9557, caffereggio.com). $3.75.

Intelligensia brews at Ground Support
The rotating selection of beans is sourced seasonally (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)

Russian coffee at the Hungarian Pastry Shop
This bittersweet brew is enhanced with espresso, chocolate and whipped cream. 1030 Amsterdam Ave between 110th and 111th Sts (212-866-4230). $3.75.

MudTruck blend at Mudspot
The East Village joint makes its own custom blends, mainly from Central and South American beans; this one is full-bodied and naturally sweet, with cherry and rich cocoa notes. 307 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-228-9074, mudnyc.com). $2.50--$4.50.

Steamed cappuccino at Ost Café
This expertly steamed quaff is made with a double shot of rich, gently sweet Black Cat espresso and a cap of silky foam. 441 E 12th St at Ave A (212-477-5600, ostcafenyc.com). $3.75.

Espresso at Roasting Plant
Roasting Plant stands out for its extreme take on a fresh cuppa: The beans for every order are sucked into a futuristic set of tubes, where they're roasted, ground and brewed in a matter of minutes, minimizing bean-to-cup time and maximizing deliciousness. Behold the results in a clean, crisp shot of espresso, served in an insulated Bodum cup. 75 Greenwich Ave between Seventh Ave and W 11th St (212-775-7755, roastingplant.com). $2.

Soy vanilla latte at Soy Cafe
Brewed with fair trade--certified Dallis beans, this dairy-free delight has a pleasantly nutty zing, and the vanilla doesn't overwhelm. 115 Greenwich Ave at Jane St (212-229-9898, soycafenyc.com). $4.50.

Pour-overs at Joe
The V-60 ceramic drip cone made by the Japanese company Hario has become the standard for those seeking a pure, delicate cup. Joe uses it to showcase a revolving selection of four superlative single-origin beans. Owner Jonathan Rubinstein finds the drip cone works particularly well with African coffees, muting their acidity so that the overall complexity of the beans come through. Multiple locations, visit joetheartofcoffee.com.

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