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29 Outstanding Coffee Shops in NYC

Where to drink coffee in New York City

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While New York is full of great coffee, the sea of cafes can be hard to navigate. Here to help is a guide to New York’s top coffee shops. This map shares where to sit down and enjoy a book or some free Wi-Fi with the brightest espresso, the best-made cappuccino, electrifying cold brew, or just a really good drip coffee.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2015.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lenox Coffee Roaster

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60 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027
(646) 833-7839
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Lenox Coffee roasts its beans out of Red Hook and sources its milk upstate from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Its bright space in Central Harlem has been open since 2011 and serves a small menu of breakfast and lunch items as well as beer and wine. It’s an ideal place to work, fueled by the top-notch coffee and pastries sourced from the Good Batch, Colson Patisserie, and a rotating roster of local New York bakeries.

Lenox Coffee Roaster
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2. Cafe Amrita

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301 W 110th St
New York, NY 10026
(212) 222-0683
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Cafe Amrita moonlights as a neighborhood bar. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, this Morningside Heights coffee shop is one of those large, open-air places that encourages lingering. In addition to stellar coffee, the menu extends to breakfast, panino, salad, and wraps. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and boasts $3 beers.

3. Box Kite

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128 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 574-8202
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The digs at this Upper West Side coffee shop may be small, but the team here is big on serving some of the best coffee to the neighborhood. Arrive during off-peak times since it's tough to land a seat. The service here is fantastic, with a team that is helpful and gracious.

4. Padoca

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359 E 68th St
New York, NY 10065

Block out the Oasis playing on the speakers and slightly corporate vibe and head straight for the prize: Coffee sourced from Brooklyn’s Nobletree, which is a roaster that also oversees the growing of beans from its own fields in Brazil. The end result at Padoca is notably good, and there is free Wi-Fi available.

5. Little Collins

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667 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 308-1969
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The Aussies running this Midtown shop have provided a getaway for a neighborhood otherwise filled with Starbucks and LPQ’s. Alongside flat whites, cold brew, and pour overs, the shop serves sandwiches, salads, and a behemoth of toasted banana bread with ricotta, berries, honey, and almond brittle. Get the schnitzel sandwich or the always-solid avocado smash. There’s also a decaf blend of espresso available.

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Little Collins
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6. Zibetto Espresso Bar

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1221 6th Ave
New York, NY 10020
(212) 332-2648
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Zibetto’s three locations in Midtown, there since 2006, channel Italian coffee bars. There are panini and pastries on hand, but the focus is on the espresso, which is imported from Italy. The staff dresses up, but it’s still a casual place for grabbing an espresso on the go. They also serve a solid shekkarato — a strong Italian iced coffee made with espresso shaken with ice.

Zibetto Espresso Bar
Zibetto Espresso Bar
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7. Culture Espresso

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72 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 302-0200
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A solid cortado and drip coffee anchor the menu of this stylish coffee bar near Bryant Park. It’s a much stronger choice for coffee than the several chain stores closer to the park, and as a bonus, it serves a superb chocolate chip cookie.

Culture Espresso
Culture Espresso
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8. Bourke Street Bakery

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15 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016

This big-deal Australian expansion is known for rustic goods such as ginger creme brûlée tarts and cinnamon rolls, made every day with an obsession over freshness and ingredients. Not as discussed is that the team behind Bourke Street Bakery also serves up a solid cup of coffee. The cold brew is strong and best when paired with one of the rotating daily pastries.

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9. Sweetleaf

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10-93 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(917) 832-6726
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This is the original location for growing coffee chain Sweetleaf. Besides the standard lineup of high-quality espresso drinks, there are two special iced coffee drinks here, both a far cry from the saccharine concoctions served at bigger coffee chains. There’s the Rocket Fuel, cold brew spiked with chicory, maple syrup, and milk, and the Voodoo Child, a Vietnamese-style iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. Sweetleaf is also a great place to hang out for a while, with free Wi-Fi up front and a record room that has a turntable and an extensive vinyl collection in the back.

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Sweatleaf
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10. Partners Coffee

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44 Charles Street
New York, NY 10014
(646) 590-1924
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Toby’s Estate rebranded as Partners Coffee, and while it came with a new look, the coffee menu remains the same. This West Village location is the third addition in NYC and also the most comprehensive. The large space is outfitted with all sorts of brewing devices, and the menu includes a range of single-origin coffees. It's also one of the best bets for the serious coffee nerd, because it offers regular classes on everything from latte art to coffee tasting.

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Partners Coffee
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11. The Elk

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128 Charles St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 933-4780
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Look for a Vancouver vibe from Canadian native Claire Chan, who has opened a destination for a fine cortado and single-origin pour-over. The general store-slash-coffee shop also has a light menu with dishes like brûléed grapefruit, avocado toast, and smoothies.

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12. Third Rail Coffee

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240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 580-1240
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A small and rustic-chic venue that’s packed into the evening with NYU students, this is a go-to spot for a coffee before a movie at the IFC Center. A menu of classic drinks is complemented by Ovenly scones and numerous other baked goods. Its iced latte is made with sweet Battenkill Dairy Farm milk, and upgrading to an iced mocha is a decadent treat. Cash only.

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13. Hi-Collar

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214 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-7018
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The ability to "choose your bean" among several on the menu as well as an array of different brewing methods makes the experience here as much of a draw as the coffee. Hi-Collar in the East Village specializes in siphon coffee and pulls inspiration from kissaten — Japanese coffee and tea cafes.

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Hi-Collar
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14. Abraço

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81 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-9731
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Owners Liz Quijada and Jamie McCormick moved this popular East Village coffee shop — named for the word “hug” in Portuguese — into a bigger location and added booze and more food options in 2016, but it has remained a chill and cozy neighborhood spot for grabbing coffee and espresso. Don’t skip the olive oil cake, scented with orange and a lovely pairing for espresso.

Abraço
Abraço
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15. Coffee Project NY

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239 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-7888
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The East Village’s Coffee Project is a place for coffee geeks, offering nitro flights and some truly extra drinks like a “deconstructed latte,” which includes an espresso shot, a cup of milk, and then the actual latte, served with a waffle cookie. The less showy espresso drinks are top-notch, too.

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Coffee Project NY
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16. Everyman Espresso

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301 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 533-0524
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The West Broadway location is the star of the three locations of Everyman. The move here is to get one of the signature drinks like the panacea (espresso, lemon, honey, ginger, bitters) or espresso old-fashioned (espresso, bitters, sugar).

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Everyman Espresso
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17. Sawada Coffee

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33 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY 10013
(917) 710-6039
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Located at the entrance of Chicago burger import Au Cheval, Sawada features drinks helmed by coffee obsessive Hiroshi Sawada, know for skillfully crafted beverages. There are 15 seats at the counter, which serves up matcha and espresso drinks along with brewed coffee and tea. Expect meticulous latte art.

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Sawada
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18. Devoción

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69 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 285-6180
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This sprawling Williamsburg roastery and cafe is an outpost of a coffee roaster in Bogota, Colombia. All its raw beans arrive by FedEx straight from Colombia just 10 days after being picked, which makes for some of the freshest coffee around. The space has plenty of seating, but even on the busiest days, there’s probably going to be more plants than people. Devoción also has locations in Downtown Brooklyn and Flatiron.

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Devoción
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19. Marlow & Sons

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81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 384-1441
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In front of the lively dining room at this Williamsburg favorite is a sunny cafe serving excellent pastries and some of the city's best coffee. On any given day visitors will find the pastry counter filled with options like almond croissants, blueberry muffins, and rhubarb scones. When it’s nice out, Marlow & Sons will open up the French doors, creating an extension of its lovely sidewalk patio.

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20. Black Fox Coffee Co.

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70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

Black Fox on Pine Street has the best bean selection day-to-day of any shop in the city. As a result, it's packing in downtown workers looking for a coffee fix and above-average coffee shop food with a menu that changes often. The iced matcha latte is a standout on the drink menu and should be made with the housemade nut milk.

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Black Fox Coffee
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21. Sey Coffee

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18 Grattan St
New York, NY 11206
(347) 871-1611
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Sey (yes, spelled backwards) was started by Lobin Polk and Lance Schnorenbergthe, the same team behind Brooklyn-based Lofted Coffee. The space is very light and bright, but filled with the same Nordic-style coffee — known for very light roasts — for which it became popular.

Sey Coffee
Sey Coffee
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22. Dweebs

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1434 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Dweebs — a bright, minimalist space with touches of color — feels like having coffee or tea inside a small art gallery. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and serving some very strong coffee roasted by Spectrum Coffee. If looking for a distraction, the seats at the window and the outdoor patio are ideal for people watching.

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Dweebs
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23. Baby Skips

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1158 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(929) 210-8101
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Baby Skips aspires to be a neighborhood coffee shop — and doesn’t take that commitment lightly. Founder Linda Thach spotlights a rotating list of local roasters and regularly hosts community events and tastings. The result is that Baby Skips, and sister coffee shop Little Skips, tends to be busy. A rotating menu of Filipino-inspired brunch items is alongside creative takes on coffee, such as the “bomb latte” with espresso and condensed milk.

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24. Kitten Espresso Bar

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320 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 744-7687
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Local roaster Kitten Coffee has a tiny espresso bar in Clinton Hill selling its beans, as well as a tight menu of espresso and coffee drinks and rotating pastries. The move here is to keep it simple with an espresso and milk. There are only a couple of stools, so it’s more of a to-go operation.

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Kitten Espresso Bar
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25. Always and Forever Cafe

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1081 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

This recent addition to the Bed Stuy-Clinton Hill neighborhood is beautifully designed with high ceilings, sprawling tile floors, and lots of natural light, making it ideal for working or reading. Stumptown is the coffee of choice here, nicely paired with housemade Pop-Tarts.

26. Daily Press Coffee

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505 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 240-1101
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Daily Press is an unfussy neighborhood spot that’s not trying to be hip; it’s just brewing good coffee in a chill space. The back patio is covered, so it’s ideal for working rain or shine. And as far as later-in-the-day beverages go, there’s wine and beer at the Bed-Stuy location and a full bar in Ocean Hill. For food, there are snacks and three kinds of burritos. Artwork by local artists is available for sale, too.

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Daily Press Coffee
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27. Abbotsford Road

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573 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Gowanus got a coffee infusion with the opening of Abbotsford Road, a 2,700-square-foot cafe and roastery from Australian company Di Bella Coffee. Drip coffee and espresso drinks, plus light cafe fare, are sold in the 40-seat space, but there's also an educational space with classes for coffee enthusiasts.

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Abbotsford Road
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28. Kos Kaffe Roasting House

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251 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-6868
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Kos is a true local favorite, providing a bright space for either sitting for hours on a laptop, dropping in for a pastry, or having a quiet lunch. Hot and cold espresso drinks are available alongside breakfast items like a feta and bacon frittata, a biscuit breakfast sandwich, and buckwheat pancakes. Bonus: The breakfast and lunch menus are both available from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and the housemade vanilla bean syrup isn’t too sweet.

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29. Roots Café

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639A Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(615) 419-7877
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Cash-only Roots Cafe is a long and narrow space, where both sides are lined with coffee shop-goers with a book or laptop. Breakfast and lunch are served all day which means a burrito egg and cheese is available until 5 p.m. daily. Roots also has an expansive tea list and serves speciality drinks like an iced coconut Americano and Yoo-Hoo with espresso. A small but lovely outdoor patio is open when it’s nice out, and there are regular poetry nights.

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1. Lenox Coffee Roaster

60 W 129th St, New York, NY 10027
Lenox Coffee Roaster
Lenox Coffee Roaster
Lenox Coffee Roaster [Official]

Lenox Coffee roasts its beans out of Red Hook and sources its milk upstate from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Its bright space in Central Harlem has been open since 2011 and serves a small menu of breakfast and lunch items as well as beer and wine. It’s an ideal place to work, fueled by the top-notch coffee and pastries sourced from the Good Batch, Colson Patisserie, and a rotating roster of local New York bakeries.

60 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027

2. Cafe Amrita

301 W 110th St, New York, NY 10026

Cafe Amrita moonlights as a neighborhood bar. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, this Morningside Heights coffee shop is one of those large, open-air places that encourages lingering. In addition to stellar coffee, the menu extends to breakfast, panino, salad, and wraps. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and boasts $3 beers.

301 W 110th St
New York, NY 10026

3. Box Kite

128 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

The digs at this Upper West Side coffee shop may be small, but the team here is big on serving some of the best coffee to the neighborhood. Arrive during off-peak times since it's tough to land a seat. The service here is fantastic, with a team that is helpful and gracious.

128 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023

4. Padoca

359 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065

Block out the Oasis playing on the speakers and slightly corporate vibe and head straight for the prize: Coffee sourced from Brooklyn’s Nobletree, which is a roaster that also oversees the growing of beans from its own fields in Brazil. The end result at Padoca is notably good, and there is free Wi-Fi available.

359 E 68th St
New York, NY 10065

5. Little Collins

667 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
Little Collins
Little Collins
Little Collins [Official]

The Aussies running this Midtown shop have provided a getaway for a neighborhood otherwise filled with Starbucks and LPQ’s. Alongside flat whites, cold brew, and pour overs, the shop serves sandwiches, salads, and a behemoth of toasted banana bread with ricotta, berries, honey, and almond brittle. Get the schnitzel sandwich or the always-solid avocado smash. There’s also a decaf blend of espresso available.

667 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022

6. Zibetto Espresso Bar

1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Zibetto Espresso Bar
Zibetto Espresso Bar
Zibetto Espresso Bar [Official]

Zibetto’s three locations in Midtown, there since 2006, channel Italian coffee bars. There are panini and pastries on hand, but the focus is on the espresso, which is imported from Italy. The staff dresses up, but it’s still a casual place for grabbing an espresso on the go. They also serve a solid shekkarato — a strong Italian iced coffee made with espresso shaken with ice.

1221 6th Ave
New York, NY 10020

7. Culture Espresso

72 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
Culture Espresso
Culture Espresso
Culture Espresso [Official]

A solid cortado and drip coffee anchor the menu of this stylish coffee bar near Bryant Park. It’s a much stronger choice for coffee than the several chain stores closer to the park, and as a bonus, it serves a superb chocolate chip cookie.

72 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

8. Bourke Street Bakery

15 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016
The counter at Bourke Street Bakery with hanging lights Gary He/Eater

This big-deal Australian expansion is known for rustic goods such as ginger creme brûlée tarts and cinnamon rolls, made every day with an obsession over freshness and ingredients. Not as discussed is that the team behind Bourke Street Bakery also serves up a solid cup of coffee. The cold brew is strong and best when paired with one of the rotating daily pastries.

15 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016

9. Sweetleaf

10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Sweatleaf
Sweatleaf
Sweatleaf [Official]

This is the original location for growing coffee chain Sweetleaf. Besides the standard lineup of high-quality espresso drinks, there are two special iced coffee drinks here, both a far cry from the saccharine concoctions served at bigger coffee chains. There’s the Rocket Fuel, cold brew spiked with chicory, maple syrup, and milk, and the Voodoo Child, a Vietnamese-style iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. Sweetleaf is also a great place to hang out for a while, with free Wi-Fi up front and a record room that has a turntable and an extensive vinyl collection in the back.

10-93 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

10. Partners Coffee

44 Charles Street, New York, NY 10014
Partners Coffee
Partners Coffee
Partners Coffee [Official]

Toby’s Estate rebranded as Partners Coffee, and while it came with a new look, the coffee menu remains the same. This West Village location is the third addition in NYC and also the most comprehensive. The large space is outfitted with all sorts of brewing devices, and the menu includes a range of single-origin coffees. It's also one of the best bets for the serious coffee nerd, because it offers regular classes on everything from latte art to coffee tasting.

44 Charles Street
New York, NY 10014

11. The Elk

128 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
The Elk
The Elk
The Elk [Official]

Look for a Vancouver vibe from Canadian native Claire Chan, who has opened a destination for a fine cortado and single-origin pour-over. The general store-slash-coffee shop also has a light menu with dishes like brûléed grapefruit, avocado toast, and smoothies.

128 Charles St
New York, NY 10014

12. Third Rail Coffee

240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Third Rail Coffee
Third Rail Coffee
Third Rail Coffee [Official]

A small and rustic-chic venue that’s packed into the evening with NYU students, this is a go-to spot for a coffee before a movie at the IFC Center. A menu of classic drinks is complemented by Ovenly scones and numerous other baked goods. Its iced latte is made with sweet Battenkill Dairy Farm milk, and upgrading to an iced mocha is a decadent treat. Cash only.

240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

13. Hi-Collar

214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
Hi-Collar
Hi-Collar
Hi-Collar [Official]

The ability to "choose your bean" among several on the menu as well as an array of different brewing methods makes the experience here as much of a draw as the coffee. Hi-Collar in the East Village specializes in siphon coffee and pulls inspiration from kissaten — Japanese coffee and tea cafes.

214 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003

14. Abraço

81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Abraço
Abraço
Abraço [Official]

Owners Liz Quijada and Jamie McCormick moved this popular East Village coffee shop — named for the word “hug” in Portuguese — into a bigger location and added booze and more food options in 2016, but it has remained a chill and cozy neighborhood spot for grabbing coffee and espresso. Don’t skip the olive oil cake, scented with orange and a lovely pairing for espresso.

81 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

15. Coffee Project NY

239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
Coffee Project NY
Coffee Project NY
Coffee Project NY [Official]

The East Village’s Coffee Project is a place for coffee geeks, offering nitro flights and some truly extra drinks like a “deconstructed latte,” which includes an espresso shot, a cup of milk, and then the actual latte, served with a waffle cookie. The less showy espresso drinks are top-notch, too.

239 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003

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16. Everyman Espresso

301 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Everyman Espresso
Everyman Espresso
Everyman Espresso [Official]

The West Broadway location is the star of the three locations of Everyman. The move here is to get one of the signature drinks like the panacea (espresso, lemon, honey, ginger, bitters) or espresso old-fashioned (espresso, bitters, sugar).

301 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

17. Sawada Coffee

33 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013
Sawada
Sawada
Sawada [Official]

Located at the entrance of Chicago burger import Au Cheval, Sawada features drinks helmed by coffee obsessive Hiroshi Sawada, know for skillfully crafted beverages. There are 15 seats at the counter, which serves up matcha and espresso drinks along with brewed coffee and tea. Expect meticulous latte art.

33 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY 10013

18. Devoción

69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Devoción
Devoción
Devoción [Official]

This sprawling Williamsburg roastery and cafe is an outpost of a coffee roaster in Bogota, Colombia. All its raw beans arrive by FedEx straight from Colombia just 10 days after being picked, which makes for some of the freshest coffee around. The space has plenty of seating, but even on the busiest days, there’s probably going to be more plants than people. Devoción also has locations in Downtown Brooklyn and Flatiron.

69 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

19. Marlow & Sons

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Marlow & Sons
Marlow & Sons
Daniel Krieger/Eater

In front of the lively dining room at this Williamsburg favorite is a sunny cafe serving excellent pastries and some of the city's best coffee. On any given day visitors will find the pastry counter filled with options like almond croissants, blueberry muffins, and rhubarb scones. When it’s nice out, Marlow & Sons will open up the French doors, creating an extension of its lovely sidewalk patio.

81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

20. Black Fox Coffee Co.

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005
Black Fox Coffee
Black Fox Coffee
Black Fox Coffee [Official]

Black Fox on Pine Street has the best bean selection day-to-day of any shop in the city. As a result, it's packing in downtown workers looking for a coffee fix and above-average coffee shop food with a menu that changes often. The iced matcha latte is a standout on the drink menu and should be made with the housemade nut milk.

70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

21. Sey Coffee

18 Grattan St, New York, NY 11206
Sey Coffee
Sey Coffee
Sey Coffee [Official]

Sey (yes, spelled backwards) was started by Lobin Polk and Lance Schnorenbergthe, the same team behind Brooklyn-based Lofted Coffee. The space is very light and bright, but filled with the same Nordic-style coffee — known for very light roasts — for which it became popular.

18 Grattan St
New York, NY 11206

22. Dweebs

1434 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237