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Three Seat Espresso & Barber
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The best lattes in NYC

Find the best lattes in NYC in both classic and creative variations at coffee shops, cafes and bakeries in NYC

By Céline Bossart

Want to know why you should order the best lattes in NYC? As most international gourmands know, there’s nothing better than a perfectly pulled shot or two of espresso and silky steamed milk at the best coffee shops NYC has to offer (unless you count the city’s tried-and-true best bagels or the most epic New York pizzas—it’s all up for debate). Both old-school and new wave coffeehouses across the city join the ranks as the top contenders in the latte game. From classic Italian style to antioxidant-rich to everything in between, we proudly present our top picks for the best lattes in New York City.

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Best lattes in NYC

Cafe Clover
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe Clover

1. Turmeric Gold Latte at Cafe Clover

Restaurants American West Village

Cafe Clover’s gilded latte is a sight to be Instagrammed. The turmeric-infused creation is the brainchild of Chef David Standridge and combines cold-pressed turmeric juice, La Colombe's Fishtown espresso, your choice of milk (almond, soy, etc.), and antioxidants like cinnamon and black pepper—and it’s all topped with gold leaf.

Two Hands
Photograph: Courtesy Two Hands

2. Latte at Two Hands

Restaurants Australian Little Italy

Two hands, one latte. Little Italy cafe Two Hands uses beans from Café Integral—which are sourced in Nicaragua by founder Cesar Vega and roasted in NYC—as its go-to coffee, and the latte is a tall cup of new wave perfection. Almond milk is also available for those who don’t take too kindly to dairy.

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

3. Latte at Orwasher’s

Restaurants Bakeries Upper West Side

It’s only fitting that the original artisan bakery in NYC should have a latte as nuanced as its history. Orwashers on the Upper East Side (and its new location across the park on the Upper West Side) serves a perfectly balanced latte with Nobletree Coffee’s beans, which come from the brand’s own farms in Brazil.

Three Seat Espresso & Barber
Photograph: Daniel Churchill

4. Latte at Three Seat Espresso & Barber

Bars Café bars East Village

This newly opened East Village cafe and barber shop is as cheery as the bright yellow cup that houses its latte. Annapolis-based Ceremony Coffee Roasters is behind the espresso, which is best consumed from the comfort of Three Seat’s barber perches and paired with a fresh cut or shave.

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
Photograph: Flickr/CC/marieberne

5. Caffe Latte at Ferrara Bakery & Cafe

Restaurants Italian Little Italy

You can’t argue with the classics. Ferrara’s been a Little Italy staple since 1892, and for good reason: Its coffee, treats and conviviality are for the opera-loving crowd for whom it was originally created. The old soul of the cafe is as captivating as its traditional latte, which may or may not transport you to 19th century New York City at first sip.

Photograph: Flickr/CC/marieberne

6. Latte at La Colombe

Restaurants Coffee shops East Village

In this day and age, La Colombe is pretty much synonymous with New York City’s coffee scene. The no-frills latte highlights the brand’s own beans along with the chic earthenware in which most of the drinks are served. Visit the natural light-filled NoHo location to ensure maximum Instagrammability.

Photograph: Courtesy Chillhouse

7. Beet-Chata at Chillhouse

Bars Café bars Lower East Side

Although it doesn’t involve any espresso, we had to make an exception for this magenta dream from NYC newcomer Chillhouse, a modern spa-cafe concept in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Beet-Chata combines horchata (condensed milk, cinnamon and vanilla) with beet powder and steamed milk and is dusted with activated charcoal powder.

Ralph's Coffee
Photograph: Flickr/CC/shinyasuzuki

8. Latte at Ralph’s Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Midtown East

At Ralph’s (as in Lauren), it’s all about the experience—and this experience is a bit more attainable than nabbing a table at Polo Bar. The coffee shop, located at the Fifth Avenue Polo flagship, is quite possibly the most picturesque latte setting in all of Midtown. White banquettes and countertops serve as the perfect background for Ralph’s sustainably and ethically sourced coffees, and the latte does not disappoint.

Photograph: Flickr/CC/shinyasuzuki

Photograph: Courtesy Mudspot

9. BIG Latte at Mudspot

Restaurants Coffee shops East Village

If you’ve ever seen a giant orange coffee truck parked near Astor Place, you’ll instantly recognize the Mud logo (and trademark aroma). Mudspot is the brick-and-mortar answer to the fleeting mobile location, so head here for a spot at the counter and the inimitable latte, which comes in one size and one size only: BIG.

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