Java pro Rich Nieto teams up with bar buff Richard Boccato (Dutch Kills) to expand his buzzy offerings to booze with his first café-cocktail bar, the third location for coffeeshop Sweetleaf. The 45-seat spot—outfitted with weathered-leather banquettes, faux-distressed walls and counters refurbished from old doors—plies fresh-baked staples, like blueberry-streusel coffee cake and chocolate-oatmeal sandies, as well as brewed cups of Stumptown and Ritual beans. At 6pm every night, baristas turn the counter over to bartenders, who pour out cocktails made with hand-cut ice, house-made java liqueurs and iced coffee. The caffeinated quaffs include sips like the Rocket Fuel (a New Orleans–style chilled coffee) and Voodoo Child (a Vietnamese cold brew with condensed milk).
46-15 Center Blvd
Long Island City
|Cross street:||at 46th Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 7am–midnight; Fri 7am–2am; Sat 8am–2am; Sun 8am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: G to 21st St, 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave|
|Price:||Average coffee: $3. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|