New York's 51 best cups of coffee

Dozens of ways to get your fix.

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    Pour-overs at Gimme! Coffee

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    AeroPress at RBC NYC

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    AeroPress at Everyman Espresso

     

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    French press at Peels

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    Machine-drip coffee at Bluebird

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    Machine-drip coffee at Third Rail

Photograph: Zenith Richards

Pour-overs at Gimme! Coffee

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Pour-overs at Gimme! Coffee
The Clever filter cone used at Gimme! lets the grinds sit in hot water for a few minutes before being filtered out. The result is a brew that has the body of coffee made in a French press, with the grit-free clarity of a paper-filtered variety. The lineup of featured roasters changes with the seasons at Gimme!, but be on the lookout for the superb Honduras Las Peitas Cup of Excellence. Grown and fermented on a small family farm in Santa Brbara, it's smooth-bodied and sweet, with red-fruit and caramel notes. 228 Mott St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-4011, gimmecoffee.com)

Café Mocha at Knave
The coffee bar in Le Parker Meridien keeps a rich ganache, made fresh every day from a combination of Valrhona chocolate, cream and milk, in a constantly stirring, temperature-controlled vat, to deploy in this excellent rendition of a mocha. Le Parker Meridien New York, 118 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-708-7392, parkermeridien.com)

Gibraltar at La Colombe Torrefaction
This smooth concoction–a double espresso with micro-foamed milk—is served in a four-ounce rocks glass with a dainty spoon on the side. 270 Lafayette St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-625-1717, lacolombe.com) * 319 Church St at Lispenard St (212-343-1515)

AeroPress at RBC NYC
This Tribeca café rotates its selection for the AeroPress each month, leaning toward fruit-forward, tropical Ethiopian beans. Ritual Coffee Roasters' vibrant vibrant Costa Rican Helsar de Zarcero is our favorite thanks to its crisp acidity and sweet citrus and milk-chocolate flavors. 71 Worth St between Broadway and Church St (212-226-1111, rbcnyc.com)

AeroPress at Everyman Espresso
This minimalist shop's stock of special, single-origin beans are best enjoyed after they've been brewed in an AeroPress. Counter Culture's Atu Lintang Microlot, a bold Sumatran with sugarcane and dark cherry notes, is an exceptional pick. 136 E 13th St between Third and Fourth Aves (212-533-0524, everymanespresso.com)

French press at Peels
Stumptown's Holler Mountain, a rich, dark and heavy-bodied blend, emerges round and full-flavored from the plunger pot at this homey hot spot. 325 Bowery at 2nd St (646-602-7015, peelsnyc.com)

Machine-drip coffee at Bluebird
While bean nerds might scoff at machine-drip coffee, Bluebird balances convenience with a commitment to quality, swapping out urns every 30 minutes, before the java's brightness starts to fade. The shop keeps Colombian varieties—round with brown-sugar and pepper notes—in regular rotation. 72 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-260-879, bluebirdcoffeeshop.com)

Machine-drip coffee at Third Rail
Fetco, the most advanced commercial drip brewer available, churns out three-liter pots on a near-constant basis to ensure freshness at this bean mecca. For a convenient to-go cup, owner Humberto Ricardo uses the crowd-pleasing House Blend from Intelligentsia—it's a smooth, chocolaty roast, with a touch of acidity and substantial sweetness. 240 Sullivan St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts (thirdrailcoffee.com)

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