Best hybrid coffeeshops

Find more than just a caffeine buzz at these multiuse hangs.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison


    Black Gold Record Shop

  • Photograph: Aubrey Therkelsen


Photograph: Virginia Rollison


Black Gold Record Shop

Battery Place Market
This haute mini mart fills a much-needed void in Battery Park's bean offerings. Matching the stock of artisanal foodstuffs—Il Laboratorio gelato, Orwasher's bread and Fee Brothers bitters, as well as an outstanding cheese counter—is an airy caf area serving Stumptown coffee, Eli's pastries and other pedigreed goodies. Caffeinate before you stock up the pantry, or grab a to-go Americano ($2.50)—we like it with the Portland roaster's signature Hair Bender blend, which has a pleasantly bittersweet finish—and stroll into the park for a calming view of the Statue of Liberty. 77 Battery Pl at 3rd Pl (212-786-0077)

Black Gold
Flip through bins of hard-to-find records and ogle vintage antlers while sipping your daily brew at this eclectic Cobble Hill storefront. Baristas behind an antiqued wood bar serve New Jersey's Rook coffee (ground and brewed to order; small, $2.50, large $2.75, iced $3), plus snacks such as a rotating selection of savory muffins from SCRATCHbread (a recent creation featured concord grape, a smear of Salvatore Bklyn ricotta, rosemary and black pepper). For aficionados, however, the real star of the show is the remarkably smooth iced coffee, superconcentrated then cut to your liking with water. 461 Court St between Luquer St and 4th Pl, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (347-227-8227,

The Coffee Foundry
In a novel solution to the problem of soaring West Village rents, this barlike bean counter shares space with a karaoke lounge. The specialty is organic, single-origin pour-overs, including a vibrant, citrusy Ethiopian Yirgacheffe that the owners roast themselves on Long Island. But we're partial to the standout Vietnamese-style coffees—there's a velvety, caramel-tinged mixture of French press--brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk, as well as a more classic interpretation made with a blend of organic dark-roast coffee and chicory. Empty karaoke booths that double as private work spaces during the day ($15/hr for first hour, $10/hr thereafter) make the Coffee Foundry a popular choice for freelancers. When Karaoke Boho takes over the reigns at 7:30pm, stick around and belt out a few power ballads to blow off all that caffeine. 186 W 4th St between Barrow and Jones Sts (

Eat at one of five stand-alone restaurants, peruse a retail maze of imported groceries, and recharge with some of the city's best espresso at this multitasking Italian berstore. Shoppers can take a pit stop at a caf counter run by Caff Vergnano, a Turin outfit that serves superlative espresso ($2) alongside a ginger biscuit and a small glass of water. For more choice, head to the larger Lavazza Caf, where baristas supplement the usual range of cappuccinos and macchiatos with less common drinks such as bicerin, a popular Piedmontese concoction featuring thick hot chocolate, espresso and a cool layer of heavy cream. 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-229-2560,

Espresso 77
Husband-and-wife team Afzal Hossain and Julie Nymann believe a good coffeeshop should be a community hub. They practice what they preach at this warrenlike Jackson Heights caf, which doubles as a gallery for Queens artists. Sip your brew while checking out rotating monthly exhibits plus frequent live performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Locals go for Starbucks-shaming soy lattes—made with La Marzocco machine-brewed espresso—and drip coffee (from $1.75) featuring Gimme! Coffee beans (they'll grind them for home use or sell them whole; 12 ounces $12--$16), along with pastries from nearby bakers Three Little Birds and Ambrosia Bakery. A small wine-and-beer selection adds to the anytime appeal. 35-57 77th St between 37th and 35th Aves, Jackson Heights, Queens (718-424-1077)

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