Kyoto at Blue Bottle Coffee
Pourover coffee at Kickstand
Iced coffee at Cafe Pedlar
The Summer Road at the The Randolph at Broome
Kyoto at Blue Bottle Coffee
It can take up to 18 hours to cold-brew Blue Bottle's single-origin iced coffee—the stuff is filtered through a complex Japanese slow-dripper that extracts the flavor drop by precious drop. But the resulting drink is worth every second: smooth, bright and brawny with enough caffeine to fuel a small army—or one exhausted New Yorker. 160 Berry St between North 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (bluebottlecoffee.net). $4.25.
Pourover coffee at
Plenty of spots serve top-notch beans, but few draw out their flavor as meticulously as this bike-drawn mobile coffee stand, where every cup is ground with a hand-cranked mill and prepared via customized Chemex beakers. Beans rotate frequently but look out for our favorite, Stumptown Ethiopian, which yields a low-acid brew that tastes round and fruity. Follow Kickstand on Twitter (@kickstandcoffee) for schedules and locations; Sat at Hester Street Fair, Hester St at Essex St (kickstandandglobal.com). $2.50.
Iced coffee at
Stumptown commands major cachet in this caffeine-addled city, and Cafe Pedlar's simple iced coffee properly shows off the Brooklyn-roasted beans: They're steeped in cold water for 18 hours, resulting in a smooth, chocolate-and-caramel-tinged pick-me-up that's perfect with a splash of organic milk. 210 Court St at Warren St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-855-7129) cafepedlar.com. $3.
The 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 Oslo and Brooklyn Roasting Company) bears the mark of a thoughtful mixologist. Order it over Kold-Draft ice cubes at the bar—which by night serves classic cocktails—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). $4.50--$5.50.
Cornerstone Café may be one of the best deals in the East Village. Perhaps it’s because the restaurant is cash only. Perhaps it’s thanks to the no frills atmosphere—exposed brick painted in jewel tones is the only decoration. Regardless, it’s a welcome change to see an $8 cocktail menu in NYC—the restaurant even offers a two for $12 deal. You get what you pay for, though—both the gin martini and the prohibition-inspired The Last Word are merely serviceable. It might be a safer bet to order off the extensive beer and wine list. If the page-long beer list overwhelmed you, the dinner menu might be a tough sell. Largely Italian in its influence, it offers everything from penne vodka ($4—no, that’s not a typo) to burgers ($10) a roasted lamb shank in red wine sauce ($26). Though some of the more elegant dishes fall flat—the salmon fillet ($24) arrives overcooked and oily and the tiramisu ($9) overly bitter—the elevated bar food is more successful. Pungent gruyere adds big flavor to the creamy oven-baked mac and cheese ($16), and the chef batters and fries fresh cheese for the breaded mozzarella appetizer ($9). What Cornerstone Café lacks in execution, it makes up for in friendly, attentive service. Water glasses remain constantly full, and servers always seem ready to offer a recommendation or refill the bread basket. Though it’s not particularly fancy, perhaps that’s not the point. It’s a corner café, as the name suggests—and a charming one, at that. BY COMMUNITY REVIEWER: ANN
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