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The best coffee shops in NYC

Looking for the city’s best coffee shop? NYC cafes range from espresso bars to Aussie flat-white hangs.

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You know youre a real New Yorker when you can’t live without your morning cuppa 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 cafes and espresso bars at which to get your morning jolt. Whether you’re after summery iced coffee, a frothy latte or a great pour-over, these are the best coffee shops in NYC.

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Best coffee shops in NYC

1

Birch Coffee

Roasted in Long Island City and brewed fresh at six locations daily, Birch’s coffee ranges from bright light roasts to chocolatey dark beans. Its smooth Filtron-brewed 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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Midtown
2

El Rey Coffee Bar

Coastal California vibes abound at this chilled-out Lower East Side café from Nick Morgenstern (Morgenstern’s Finest), replete with a blond-wood bar and pops of aqua neon. The stools-only, outlet-free spot doesn’t have a stay-awhile vibe, but the Mexican iced mocha on draft is alone worth a pop-in. Spiced with chili flakes and cinnamon, Counter Culture black coffee is topped with sweetened condensed milk, and capped with Mexican chocolate and fresh mint.

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Lower East Side
3

Box Kite Coffee

The two locations of this cafe offer a seasonally changing menu of beans sourced from independent roasters such as Grand Rapids’ Madcap and San Francisco’s Ritual. Its popular “one and one” includes a shot of espresso, a milky macchiato and a tiny glass of sparkling water, served with a cute homemade graham cracker.

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Tribeca
4

Hi-Collar

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 Porto Rico and Counter Culture blends, along with dishes such as omurice (a rice-stuffed omelette) and katsu pork sandwiches. When the sun sets, sidle up to the wooden counter for Far East beers (Yona Yona, Echigo Koshihikari) and sake cocktails.

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East Village
5

Everyman Espresso

Rock-star barista Sam Penix—whose iconic knuckle-tat riff on "I Love NY" replaces the heart with an espresso cup—is behind this industrial East Village coffeeshop. Penix places a premium on high-quality ingredients, sourcing Counter Culture Coffee and Battenkill Valley Creamery milk, and offers a range of serious brew methods, including espresso, pour-overs and the AeroPress.

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Downtown
6

Abraço

This international coffee shop and espresso bar draws on Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern traditions. Snacks like olive-oil cake, cured-olive cookies and pain perdu with sweet ricotta are offered alongside espresso drinks made from Counter Culture Coffee beans.

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East Village
7

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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 the Breslin, the Doughnut Plant, Ovenly, Lafayette and Milk Bar.

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Midtown
8

Intelligentsia Coffee

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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Chelsea
9

Culture Espresso Bar

This midtown coffee shop serves espresso-based drinks using Intelligentsia beans, along with breakfast and lunch menus that include items like house-made meusli, and a truffled egg-salad sandwich.

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Midtown West
10

Ninth Street Espresso

A favorite of coffee purists, this mini-chain of cafes has five locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Baristas prepare artisanal espresso, alongside a selection of pastries from Balthazar Bakery.

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East Village
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11 comments
Shane C
Shane C

You guys missed THE best coffee in town:  Little Collins cafe, on Lexington in Midtown. Like the Beastie Boys said Ch Ch Ch Ch Ch Ch Check It Out!

Ron R
Ron R

For those looking for awesome espresso in Hells Kitchen you should add Rex Coffee to your list.  Easily the best in the area and a front runner for the best in the city.

Catalina L
Catalina L

I love have my coffee in Grand Central, NY , but I also order my coffee at www.tchcoffee.com

Shkumbin M
Shkumbin M

You should check Ground Central Coffee Company of 52nd Street between Lex and 3rd Ave. You will be absolutely in awe about this place. There is no better atmosphere in a city then this place, and if you believe it or not it's located in the crazy boring Midtown East. Check it out yourself https://www.facebook.com/GroundCentral


Ruth P
Ruth P

"The best coffee shops in New York" is a misleading hed. This article should've been called "The best coffee shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn." Either that, or there isn't a single coffee shop in all of The Bronx, Queens or Staten Island.

Jess
Jess

I have tried most on the list. But, You need to have Gimme Coffee on this list.

KY
KY

Don't forget Tar Pit in Brooklyn. They serve great Plowshares coffee. Yum!

Ben
Ben

FYI. you have Everyman Espresso's description under Ninth Street Espresso's title.

Lynn Lieberman
Lynn Lieberman

Yes you did.....when I'm downtown I like Betola Expresso Bar @ 514 East 6th Street and when I'm home (uptown) I like Lenox Coffe @ 60 West 129th St. But look forward to trying your recommendations :)

Ethan
Ethan

Great list! I also dig the coffee at Aroma and Think Coffee