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.
The simple tavern—outfitted with patterned wallpaper and a massive, seven-foot-long crystal chandelier—sports a traditional menu of tapas and shareable plates. Expect 16 house-made salsas and dishes like tostada de pulpo (octopus with spicy chipotle sauce on a crispy shell) and corneta pato (a long crispy taco stuffed with duck confit). Serious sippers, take note: Twenty-five artisanal, small-batch tequilas and mescals (including Pierde Almas and Antiguo Herradura) are on display behind the large oak bar, which also features six South of the Border beers on tap.
Venue says: “Tacos & Ladies first. Live every day like it's #TacoTuesday, with our new Happy Hour special, $2.50 tacos and beer cans M-F, 4-7pm”