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The best coffee shops in NYC

NYC's best coffeehouses range from an espresso bar with experimental drinks to a cozy bookstore perfect for working

By Emma Orlow and Time Out contributors |
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Teranga
Photograph: Cole Wilson Teranga

You know youre a real New Yorker when you can’t live without your morning sips from your favorite coffee shop. NYC boasts a dizzying array of coffee shops, as well as java-pouring donut shops and bakeries, so we’ve cut through the noise to bring you the best cafés and espresso bars at which to get your morning jolt. Whether you’re after cold iced coffee, a frothy latte or a great pour-over, these are the best coffee shops across the boroughs. 

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Best coffee shops in NYC

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Abraço
Photograph: Courtesy of Abraço
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Abraço

East Village

This international coffeehouse draws on Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern traditions. Snacks, like seasonal frittatas and honey-saffron cake, are offered alongside espresso drinks made from house-roasted beans.

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Mud
Photograph: Courtesy Mud
Bars

Mudpark

East Village
If Mud ever closed we would cry. For so many New Yorkers Mud has become more than a coffee shop: a lifeline for the Downtown set and freshman NYU studentsto hangout and dish. It's also one of the few hold-outs from a fading era of the neighborhood. Mud has its East Village café (which we love), but we also enjoy Mudpark in the warmer weather. The order-at-the-counter stand has picnic tables and colorful metal chairs to sit at while you people watch. 
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Sey Coffee
Photograph: Tobias Polk
Bars, Café bars

Sey Coffee

East Williamsburg

This sleek, lightwood-laden space is a respite amongst hectic happenings in Bushwick. Coffeeroasted in-houseat Sey is Nordic-style, said to be a lighter roast. People love the coffee so much its started to pop-up at some of our favorite restaurants. The best part? Stay for coffee and you'll be offered seltzer on an elegant wood tray. 

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Felix Roasting Co.
Photograph: Gabi Porter
Restaurants, Cafés

Felix Roasting Co.

Midtown
5 out of 5 stars

There’s so much to poke fun of at this chichi coffee shop. Take the Pepto-pink room that could double as a Wes Anderson set or its preening “every coffee has a story” motto or the tableside rose-water spritzes. But our cynical hearts are melted from its new-age java creations. A standout is the "Deconstructed Espresso Tonic," which comes in a Bordeaux wineglass filled with tonic water, non-alcoholic Campari reduction and lemon-basil leaves. 

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Ninth Street Espresso
Photo: Hannah Mattix
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Ninth Street Espresso

East Village

A favorite of coffee purists, this mini-chain of cafés has several locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, plus its own roasting space. Baristas prepare artisanal espresso, alongside a selection of French pastries.

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Devocion
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Restaurants, Cafés

Devoción

Williamsburg

There are several locations of Devoción, but we're partial to the sprawling greenery in its Downtown Brooklyn location. Post up here with one of their coffees before heading to nearby Trader Joe's. 

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Hi-Collar
Photograph: Courtesy of Hi-Collar
Restaurants, Japanese

Hi-Collar

East Village

Taking its name from a fashion term popular during the Japanese jazz age, this 11-seat coffeehouse specializes in East-meets-West fare. During the day, the East Village spot serves siphon brews made with varying blends. When the sun sets, sidle up to the wooden counter for Far East beers and sake cocktails.

 

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Sawada
Photograph: Courtesy Sawada Coffee
Bars

Sawada Coffee

Chinatown

A favorite coffee shop of our colleagues in Chicago, this newish addition to New York's coffee scene is one-to-watch. Run by latte artist Hirsohi Sawada, this Japanese coffeehouse is located inside another by-way-of-Chicago hot spot, Au Cheval.  

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East One
Photograph: Morten Tjelum
Restaurants, Contemporary American

East One Coffee Roasters

Carroll Gardens

Nothing makes an early morning bearable quite like a freshly roasted cup of coffee, and it doesn’t get much fresher than what’s percolating at this Carroll Gardens café, which roasts its coffee beans on premises. There's another location now in Manhattan, too. 

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Teranga
Photograph: Cole Wilson
Restaurants, West African

Teranga

East Harlem
4 out of 5 stars

At this café nestled inside the Africa Center, you’ll find West African-inspired fast-casual offerings worth trying. But Teranga is also a perfect spot for working or a coffee date: strong espresso drinks use single-origin beans directly sourced from Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Teranga also offers a moringa latte, its West African take on matcha. 

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Intelligentsia Coffee
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Intelligentsia Coffee

Chelsea

Founded in Chicago in 1995, Intelligentsia is one of the country’s oldest and most respected coffee chains. Serving seasonal Direct Trade coffees, the company brews beans with a variety of methods, from single-cup V60 pour-overs to siphon brews. Located inside the stylish lobby of the High Line Hotel, its to-go coffees are perfectly suited for a stroll along the nearby elevated park.

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Stumptown
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Flatiron

Portland, Oregon's artisan coffee company boasts two NYC locations, serving espresso-based drinks as well as French-press and cold-brew coffees. Pastries are supplied by top-notch vendors like the Doughnut Plant, Ovenly, Lafayette and Milk Bar.

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Topos Bookstore Cafe
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber
Bars, Café bars

Topos Bookstore Cafe

Ridgewood

If you're in Ridgewood, the requisite hangout is obviously Topos. The new-and-used book store also functions as one of the neighborhood's best coffee shops. Friendly baristas make drinks for busy on-the-go customers and the many who post up to work all-day. This laid-back, brightly-lit spot is covered with charming details, worth checking out. 

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best iced coffee in nyc
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Financial District

Surfing and slang aren’t the only things Australians do better than New Yorkers; they know how to make a killer cup o’ joe. Down Under’s renowned coffee culture has proliferated in the past five years, and no shop eases you into that flat-white phenomenon quite like Bluestone Lane. The charming café chain—which cooks weekend brunch at certain locations—sources Brazilian and Colombian beans for its drip and cold brew.

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best iced coffee in nyc
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Birch Coffee

Flatiron

Roasted in Long Island City and brewed fresh at several locations daily, Birch’s coffee ranges from bright light roasts to chocolatey dark beans. Its smooth cold brew is especially popular among iced coffee addicts. Like to read with your joe? The cafe’s Flatiron location features an extensive lending library.

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best iced coffee in nyc
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Blue Bottle Coffee

Midtown West

This coffee bar and roastery serving San Francisco’s famed Blue Bottle Coffee originally opened in Williamsburg, but today caffeine fanatics can sample the company’s shots of espresso and cups of joe—made to order from freshly roasted, mostly organic beans—at several NYC locations.

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Oliver Coffee
Photograph: Courtesy Oliver Coffee
Bars

Oliver Coffee

Two Bridges

Aisa Shelley—who owns the local bars Mr. Fong's and Primo’sopened the magical Oliver Coffee with Lucas Moran. The tiny, easily missed spot is on a quiet Chinatown street. Serving Variety Roasters coffee and a selection of international snacks and indie zines, it's one of the most lovely places in the area for a quick coffee situation. 

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Daymoves
Photograph: Damien Lafargue
Bars

Daymoves

Williamsburg

The team behind the beloved wine bar and restaurant Four Horsemen has expanded next door with a new coffee shop. Pastries are provided by Bushwick bakery L’Imprimerie with coffee from nearby Sey and Cafe Integral. Music will play a big role, with selections curated by Four Horsemen partner and LCD Soundsystem’s frontman, James Murphy.

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Bourke Street Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Bourke Street Bakery
Restaurants, Bakeries

Bourke Street Bakery

Flatiron

The beloved Bourke Street Bakery Sydney café that opened in 2004 by Paul Allam and David McGuinness, debuted in NoMad with its first-ever New York expansion. Expect Australian flat whites, served alongside its beloved savory sausage rolls.

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Photograph: Lily Brown
Restaurants, Bakeries

Pilar Cuban Bakery

Bedford-Stuyvesant
4 out of 5 stars

At the decade-old Pilar Cuban Eatery’s new Bed-Stuy sister spot, owner-chef Ricardo Barreras rethinks breakfast with underused-in-NYC Cuban ingredients. Drink hard-to-find Cuban coffee among the kitsch of Miami cafés. Make sure to get the pressed-to-order Cuban sandwich, too. 

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The Awkward Scone
Photograph: Courtesy The Awkward Scone
Bars

The Awkward Scone

Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Awkward Scone, a queer-and-woman-run bakery with a selection of aromatic herbal teas and espresso drinks, opened its doors after a period as pop-up caterers. The Bushwick spot serves carrot-cake donuts, fennel proscuitto pretzels and a slew of other unique treats (including one stand-out rainbow cookie). If you live in the area, this should be your new before-work spot. 

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Maman
Photograph: Arianna Tettamanzi
Restaurants, Cafés

Maman

Little Italy

This pint-sized French café brings Southern France to Soho, awash in country charm, with reclaimed farmer's tables and vintage colander chandeliers. The nutty chocolate chip cookies are so good, they made the list of Oprah's favorite things: and they're best washed down with a cup of coffee.

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Ciao, Gloria
Photograph: Noah Fecks
Restaurants, Bakeries

Ciao, Gloria

Prospect Heights

Co-founder of the beloved Red Hook bakery Baked, Renato Poliafito, has opened a new concept, this time more Italian-leaning. The pastry menu—pistachio croissants, Sicilian sandwiches and one heck of a pumpkin bread—is best paired with coffee served in ceramics made down the street.

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Blue Bottle
Photograph: Barry Holmes
Restaurants, Coffee shops

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