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27 Essential NYC Coffee Shops

Where to find expertly brewed cups of coffee in New York City right now

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In NYC, there’s no shortage of cozy neighborhood coffee shops, welcoming in customers with frothy cappuccinos and friendly conversation. But while every New Yorker has their favorite corner spot, a standout selection of cafes and roasters in the city are worth seeking out for expertly brewed cups of coffee paired with award-winning pastries and warm service. Below, Eater has rounded up a list of exceptional coffee shops across the city that are open for business right now.

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1. Lenox Coffee

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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. The pastries here are sourced from the Good Batch, Colson Patisserie, and a rotating roster of local New York bakeries.

2. Gertrude

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204 W 96th St
New York, NY 10025

Small and understated, Gertrude brings the excellence and artistry of Australian coffee to the Upper West Side. Go for the cortado, stay for the citrus almond cake, the spinach egg cheddar croissants, or the scones with meyer lemon marmalade and clotted cream. The beans are from Brooklyn’s Parlor Coffee, a micro roaster known for light, clean roasts.

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Getrude specializes in Australian coffee.
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3. Chalait

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461 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(646) 590-3133
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Matcha is the headliner at Chalait, a shop that bounced around Manhattan before settling down on the Upper West Side. Customers can get anything from perfectly-whisked, ceremonial-grade tea to a warm and comforting matcha latte. The coffee is treated with the same level of care, however, as is the food from the extensive all-day menu.

4. Variety Coffee Roasters

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1269 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 289-2104
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Variety Coffee Roasters is all grown up: One of the pioneers of NYC’s coffee scene, Variety’s new-ish shop on the Upper East Side is all wood paneling and tasteful lighting. The Chelsea and Park Slope locations are just as urbane, while the original shops in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick are appropriately funky. Variety first started roasting coffee in 2014, and is known for its nutty, chocolatey roasts.

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Variety Coffee Roasters recently opened on the Upper East Side.
Variety Coffee Roasters

5. Kinship Coffee

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30-5 Steinway St
Astoria, NY 11103
(646) 468-7149
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Not content to let Long Island City have all the Queens coffee fun, Kinship helms a beloved three-cafe operation throughout Astoria. Within the past year, the coffee company started its own Astoria-based roastery, stocking its shops with a range of single-origin coffees and blends. Kinship also sells growlers of cold brew from each location.

The glass-walled exterior of Kinship Coffee, with a line of white bar stools in the window
Kinshop Coffee in Astoria.
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6. Balancero

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3095 37th St
Astoria, NY 11103

Balancero is one of those coffee bars so tiny you measure the room in inches, not feet. But so much is packed into that small space: well-crafted espresso drinks, good drip coffee, an unreasonably large selection of baked goods, baroque croissant sandwiches (caprese with prosciutto for lunch, Nutella and strawberries for those with a sweet tooth). Balancero is a local joint with destination-coffee standards, the neighborhood spot that’s worth seeking out.

7. Little Collins

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708 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 308-1969
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This busy, buzzy Midtown shop is an oasis of Australian-style coffee in a neighborhood otherwise glutted with Starbucks and other chain shops. The coffee is excellent: The flat whites, cold brews, and pour-overs are mini masterpieces. But the draw is the food, from the extensive breakfast menu (chorizo-baked eggs and a shishito pepper omelet with aioli) to sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Note the second location at Urbanspace, located at 570 Lexington Avenue, is closed on weekends.

8. 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 warm chocolate chip cookie. Culture Espresso is open daily and has a second location two avenues over at 307 West 38th Street.

9. Sweetleaf

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10-93 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(917) 832-6726
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The original location for Sweetleaf is comfortably crowded. Besides the standard lineup of high-quality espresso drinks, there are two specialty iced coffee drinks worth ordering, both a far cry from the saccharine concoctions served at bigger coffee chains: 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. Every location has a different vibe: The mothership is a roastery-cafe in Greenpoint (159 Freeman Street), the Queens Plaza coffee bar is built for speed (2810 Jackson Avenue), and the Long Island City cafe also has beer and cocktails (4615 Center Boulevard).

10. Third Rail Coffee

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240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 580-1240
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Third Rail keeps it simple: This postage stamp-sized Greenwich Village shop was one of the first outposts of next-generation coffee in New York, and the baristas here continue to turn out well-crafted drinks to a busy mix of NYU professors and neighborhood locals.

Looking out to the street from inside Third Rail Coffee as a customer drinks coffee.
Third Rail is a popular coffee spot in the Village.
Third Rail Coffee

11. La Cabra

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152 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Is this the best coffee shop in New York City? It’s certainly one of the busiest, where the line snakes out the door during rush hour. Truth is, it’s worth it. This Danish import has excellent coffee, exquisite pastries, table service, and an appealing Scandi style. If only every day could start with a perfect cappuccino in an earthenware cup and a cardamom bun.

A cardamom bun sits on a grey plate on a white table, just in front of a clear coffee flask and an earthenware cup
A cardamom bun and coffee pairing is the ideal order at La Cabra.
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12. Abraço

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81 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-9731
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There’s nothing in coffee quite like Abraço, an East Village shop with so much personality it’s hard to take it in all at once. There’s the coffee, with wild-haired co-owner Jamie McCormick often working the bar. There are the pastries, such as co-owner Liz Quijada’s justifiably famous orange-scented olive oil cake. And there’s the scene, the chatty locals who, in the words of Frank Zappa, make this “the top freako watering hole and social HQ.” Closed Mondays.

13. Felix Roasting Co.

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104 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

The Flatiron District’s chic coffee shop and cafe Felix Roasting Co. opened a second location in 2020, bringing some life and a little luxe to Greene Street in Soho. For those who haven’t been, it’s important to know that Felix is over-the-top, and that it’s trying to be. The coffee shop is a place where sourdough toast with avocado can cost as much as $12 — before adding smoked salmon for $3 more — and rose water spritzes are sipped in custom banquettes under vaulted 18-foot ceilings. Despite everything, it also serves one of the city’s best cups of espresso, even if it comes served in a wine glass with tonic water.

A latte is adorned with a layer of light brown crackling, while a hand off-screen uses tweezers to place a flower on top
The honeycomb latte at Felix Roasting Co.
Felix Roasting Co.

14. Interlude Coffee & Tea

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145 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2067
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A tastefully minimalist Tribeca shop with coffee, matcha, and pastries. The shop is small and serene with Breuer chairs and marble countertops. Try the espresso tonic for something simple and refreshing, or the not-too-sweet masala chai latte for something more elaborate. On chilly days, children of all ages — or adults — will want to order the single-origin hot chocolate.

15. Café Integral

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149 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

Enjoy a uniquely charming coffee stop at this Nolita cafe that specializes in an exclusively Nicaraguan coffee menu, courtesy of Nicaraguan-American founder César Vega. A small selection of sundry items (totes, pretty magazines, and merchandise) are available for purchase, as are Café Integral’s own roasted coffee beans.

16. 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.

17. Ppl

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189 Roebling St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Is Ppl can a coffee bar, a tea parlor, a clothing brand, a semi-tropical hothouse? It’s a bit of all the above. This Williamsburg spot is the creative undertaking of owner Tomo Takasugi: Sculptural planters, vegan and sugar-free pastries, one-of-a-kind lamps. It’s unique spot where New Yorkers can sip a cappuccino in the company of a growing pineapple.

18. Black Fox Coffee Co.

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70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005
(917) 742-0133
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Black Fox on Pine Street has the best coffee selection day-to-day of any shop in the city, showcasing coffees from a variety of esteemed roasters around the world. The iced matcha latte is a standout on the drink menu and should be ordered with the coffee shop’s housemade nut milk. Black Fox has another Fidi coffee bar (110 Wall Street), a cafe in Midtown (45 East 45th Street), and a coffee shop in the Pendry Hotel behind the new Penn Station build out at Moynihan Hall (438 West 33rd Street).

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The bustling Black Fox Coffee on Pine Street.
Black Fox Coffee

19. Split Eights

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40 Exchange Place Ground Floor
New York, NY 10005
(646) 799-9575
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Split Eights is a sleek coffee shop built for the Financial District office crowd, where — once offices fully open again — brisk work catchups will undoubtedly unfold over expertly pulled espresso shots. The low-lit, bi-level cafe stocks Brooklyn-based Parlor Coffee for its brews and pastries from King Street Baking. To note, Split Eights shuts down its coffee program at 3 p.m. on weekdays to convert over to a cocktail bar that opens up at 4:30 p.m.

An overhead shot of a black and white saucer and espresso cup filled with caramel-colored espresso set on a wooden table with a corner of a cookie in the upper right side of the frame.
Split Eights espresso.
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20. Sey Coffee

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18 Grattan St
New York, NY 11206
(347) 871-1611
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A bright and airy sky-lit warehouse decorated with potted plants, Sey Coffee feels more West Coast than middle Bushwick. But it’s more than just a pretty space. Sey is regarded as one of the better micro roasters in NYC. Founders Tobin Polk and Lance Schnorenberg favor a light, clean Nordic-style flavor profile so highly regarded by the coffee cognoscenti.

An interior shot of Sey looking out at the garage-door opening to the coffee shop
The light-filled interior at Sey.
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21. % Arabica

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20 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 865-2551
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For the freshest of fresh-roasted coffee beans, it’s hard to beat % Arabica. The Kyoto-based import opened its first U.S. location in Brooklyn last year with a souped-up espresso machine, baked goods from Balthazar, and a “green bean corner” where customers can buy beans to be roasted on the spot in seven minutes.

A light wood-accented espresso machine sitting on a white counter with paper coffee cups stacked on top of the machine
A wood-accented espresso machine at % Arabica.
% Arabica

22. Dweebs

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1434 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Dweebs stands out from the average modern cafe as boldly unpretentious. The charming, minimalist space feels homespun, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the shop even offers a printer to get that work printed out while waiting for a bagel or a coffee roasted by Brooklyn-based Spectrum Coffee.

An interior picture of a white ordering counter topped with wood, with coffee shop merchandise hanging on the wall behind the counter
The coffee counter at Dweebs.
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23. Drip

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12 Belvidere St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(917) 704-6742
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After Drip Coffee opened in Bushwick it became an instant hit for the quality of its drinks and service. Owner Nigel Price has since expanded with three quick-service coffee bars – the lobby of the Clark Street Subway Station in Brooklyn Heights, the bookstore at the Amant arts center in East Williamsburg, and the lobby of 75 Varick Street in Soho – but the original location is the most convivial, a gathering point for the neighborhood. 

24. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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212b Pacific St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 416-6741
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Of this Portland-born chain’s handful of New York storefronts, its vault-like space in Cobble Hill is most worth a visit. The outdoor patio is ideal for sampling Stumptown’s selection of coffee or noshing on a breakfast taco from King David Tacos, sold at the shop. Stumptown also has coffee shops in Greenwich Village (30 West Eighth Street), and at the Ace Hotel in NoMad (18 West 29th Street).

Baristas working behind the counter at Stumptown
The spacious interior at Stumptown’s downtown Brooklyn location.
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25. Little Skips East

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1643 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718) 484-1555
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Like its sibling shops Little Skips South and the now-closed Baby Skips, Little Skips East aspires to be a true neighborhood coffee shop. Founder Linda Thach spotlights a rotating list of local coffee companies alongside anchor roaster Counter Culture Coffee. The menu includes tuna and scrambled egg sandwiches, along with creative coffee drinks, like its seasonal iced ube latte.

26. Everyman Espresso

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162 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Everyman has two locations in the city, the original coffee bar in the lobby of the Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street), and the welcoming cafe in Park Slope that brings truly high quality coffee to the otherwise so-so Fifth Avenue coffee corridor. Choose from meticulously brewed traditional coffee offerings, or one of its signature drinks like the tiki tonic, made from pineapple, espresso, tonic, and coconut sugar.

27. Yafa Cafe

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4415 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(347) 464-3999
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Cousins Ali Suliman and Hakim Sulaimani launched Yafa Cafe in 2019 to put a spotlight on Yemeni coffee culture in Sunset Park. Nearly three years later, it’s still going strong as a neighborhood cornerstone where the Yemeni-rooted food is just as good as the assortment of coffees. The cousins also started to roast an in-house line of coffee during the pandemic, offering blends and Yemeni single-origin roasts for sale at the shop and online.

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1. Lenox Coffee

60 W 129th St, New York, NY 10027

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. The pastries here are 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. Gertrude

204 W 96th St, New York, NY 10025
A round white table with three cups of coffee drinks plus a few pastries.
Getrude specializes in Australian coffee.
Gertrude

Small and understated, Gertrude brings the excellence and artistry of Australian coffee to the Upper West Side. Go for the cortado, stay for the citrus almond cake, the spinach egg cheddar croissants, or the scones with meyer lemon marmalade and clotted cream. The beans are from Brooklyn’s Parlor Coffee, a micro roaster known for light, clean roasts.

204 W 96th St
New York, NY 10025

3. Chalait

461 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Matcha is the headliner at Chalait, a shop that bounced around Manhattan before settling down on the Upper West Side. Customers can get anything from perfectly-whisked, ceremonial-grade tea to a warm and comforting matcha latte. The coffee is treated with the same level of care, however, as is the food from the extensive all-day menu.

461 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. Variety Coffee Roasters

1269 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028
Looking through a window of a coffee shop with hanging plants and customers drinking coffee.
Variety Coffee Roasters recently opened on the Upper East Side.
Variety Coffee Roasters

Variety Coffee Roasters is all grown up: One of the pioneers of NYC’s coffee scene, Variety’s new-ish shop on the Upper East Side is all wood paneling and tasteful lighting. The Chelsea and Park Slope locations are just as urbane, while the original shops in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick are appropriately funky. Variety first started roasting coffee in 2014, and is known for its nutty, chocolatey roasts.

1269 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10028

5. Kinship Coffee

30-5 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103
The glass-walled exterior of Kinship Coffee, with a line of white bar stools in the window
Kinshop Coffee in Astoria.
Liz Clayton/Eater

Not content to let Long Island City have all the Queens coffee fun, Kinship helms a beloved three-cafe operation throughout Astoria. Within the past year, the coffee company started its own Astoria-based roastery, stocking its shops with a range of single-origin coffees and blends. Kinship also sells growlers of cold brew from each location.

30-5 Steinway St
Astoria, NY 11103

6. Balancero

3095 37th St, Astoria, NY 11103

Balancero is one of those coffee bars so tiny you measure the room in inches, not feet. But so much is packed into that small space: well-crafted espresso drinks, good drip coffee, an unreasonably large selection of baked goods, baroque croissant sandwiches (caprese with prosciutto for lunch, Nutella and strawberries for those with a sweet tooth). Balancero is a local joint with destination-coffee standards, the neighborhood spot that’s worth seeking out.

3095 37th St
Astoria, NY 11103

7. Little Collins

708 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

This busy, buzzy Midtown shop is an oasis of Australian-style coffee in a neighborhood otherwise glutted with Starbucks and other chain shops. The coffee is excellent: The flat whites, cold brews, and pour-overs are mini masterpieces. But the draw is the food, from the extensive breakfast menu (chorizo-baked eggs and a shishito pepper omelet with aioli) to sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Note the second location at Urbanspace, located at 570 Lexington Avenue, is closed on weekends.

708 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10017

8. Culture Espresso

72 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

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 warm chocolate chip cookie. Culture Espresso is open daily and has a second location two avenues over at 307 West 38th Street.

72 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

9. Sweetleaf

10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

The original location for Sweetleaf is comfortably crowded. Besides the standard lineup of high-quality espresso drinks, there are two specialty iced coffee drinks worth ordering, both a far cry from the saccharine concoctions served at bigger coffee chains: 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. Every location has a different vibe: The mothership is a roastery-cafe in Greenpoint (159 Freeman Street), the Queens Plaza coffee bar is built for speed (2810 Jackson Avenue), and the Long Island City cafe also has beer and cocktails (4615 Center Boulevard).

10-93 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

10. Third Rail Coffee

240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Looking out to the street from inside Third Rail Coffee as a customer drinks coffee.
Third Rail is a popular coffee spot in the Village.
Third Rail Coffee

Third Rail keeps it simple: This postage stamp-sized Greenwich Village shop was one of the first outposts of next-generation coffee in New York, and the baristas here continue to turn out well-crafted drinks to a busy mix of NYU professors and neighborhood locals.

240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

11. La Cabra

152 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
A cardamom bun sits on a grey plate on a white table, just in front of a clear coffee flask and an earthenware cup
A cardamom bun and coffee pairing is the ideal order at La Cabra.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Is this the best coffee shop in New York City? It’s certainly one of the busiest, where the line snakes out the door during rush hour. Truth is, it’s worth it. This Danish import has excellent coffee, exquisite pastries, table service, and an appealing Scandi style. If only every day could start with a perfect cappuccino in an earthenware cup and a cardamom bun.

152 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

12. Abraço

81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

There’s nothing in coffee quite like Abraço, an East Village shop with so much personality it’s hard to take it in all at once. There’s the coffee, with wild-haired co-owner Jamie McCormick often working the bar. There are the pastries, such as co-owner Liz Quijada’s justifiably famous orange-scented olive oil cake. And there’s the scene, the chatty locals who, in the words of Frank Zappa, make this “the top freako watering hole and social HQ.” Closed Mondays.

81 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

13. Felix Roasting Co.

104 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
A latte is adorned with a layer of light brown crackling, while a hand off-screen uses tweezers to place a flower on top
The honeycomb latte at Felix Roasting Co.
Felix Roasting Co.

The Flatiron District’s chic coffee shop and cafe Felix Roasting Co. opened a second location in 2020, bringing some life and a little luxe to Greene Street in Soho. For those who haven’t been, it’s important to know that Felix is over-the-top, and that it’s trying to be. The coffee shop is a place where sourdough toast with avocado can cost as much as $12 — before adding smoked salmon for $3 more — and rose water spritzes are sipped in custom banquettes under vaulted 18-foot ceilings. Despite everything, it also serves one of the city’s best cups of espresso, even if it comes served in a wine glass with tonic water.

104 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

14. Interlude Coffee & Tea

145 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

A tastefully minimalist Tribeca shop with coffee, matcha, and pastries. The shop is small and serene with Breuer chairs and marble countertops. Try the espresso tonic for something simple and refreshing, or the not-too-sweet masala chai latte for something more elaborate. On chilly days, children of all ages — or adults — will want to order the single-origin hot chocolate.

145 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

15. Café Integral

149 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Enjoy a uniquely charming coffee stop at this Nolita cafe that specializes in an exclusively Nicaraguan coffee menu, courtesy of Nicaraguan-American founder César Vega. A small selection of sundry items (totes, pretty magazines, and merchandise) are available for purchase, as are Café Integral’s own roasted coffee beans.

149 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

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16. Devoción

69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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

17. Ppl

189 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Is Ppl can a coffee bar, a tea parlor, a clothing brand, a semi-tropical hothouse? It’s a bit of all the above. This Williamsburg spot is the creative undertaking of owner Tomo Takasugi: Sculptural planters, vegan and sugar-free pastries, one-of-a-kind lamps. It’s unique spot where New Yorkers can sip a cappuccino in the company of a growing pineapple.

189 Roebling St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

18. Black Fox Coffee Co.

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005
A barista stands behind the counter of a busy coffee shop, where customers line up to order and pay
The bustling Black Fox Coffee on Pine Street.
Black Fox Coffee

Black Fox on Pine Street has the best coffee selection day-to-day of any shop in the city, showcasing coffees from a variety of esteemed roasters around the world. The iced matcha latte is a standout on the drink menu and should be ordered with the coffee shop’s housemade nut milk. Black Fox has another Fidi coffee bar (110 Wall Street), a cafe in Midtown (45 East 45th Street), and a coffee shop in the Pendry Hotel behind the new Penn Station build out at Moynihan Hall (438 West 33rd Street).

70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

19. Split Eights

40 Exchange Place Ground Floor, New York, NY 10005
An overhead shot of a black and white saucer and espresso cup filled with caramel-colored espresso set on a wooden table with a corner of a cookie in the upper right side of the frame.
Split Eights espresso.
Liz Clayman/Split Eights

Split Eights is a sleek coffee shop built for the Financial District office crowd, where — once offices fully open again — brisk work catchups will undoubtedly unfold over expertly pulled espresso shots. The low-lit, bi-level cafe stocks Brooklyn-based Parlor Coffee for its brews and pastries from King Street Baking. To note, Split Eights shuts down its coffee program at 3 p.m. on weekdays to convert over to a cocktail bar that opens up at 4:30 p.m.

40 Exchange Place Ground Floor
New York, NY 10005

20. Sey Coffee

18 Grattan St, New York, NY 11206
An interior shot of Sey looking out at the garage-door opening to the coffee shop
The light-filled interior at Sey.
Liz Clayton/Eater

A bright and airy sky-lit warehouse decorated with potted plants, Sey Coffee feels more West Coast than middle Bushwick. But it’s more than just a pretty space. Sey is regarded as one of the better micro roasters in NYC. Founders Tobin Polk and Lance Schnorenberg favor a light, clean Nordic-style flavor profile so highly regarded by the coffee cognoscenti.

18 Grattan St
New York, NY 11206

21. % Arabica

20 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A light wood-accented espresso machine sitting on a white counter with paper coffee cups stacked on top of the machine
A wood-accented espresso machine at % Arabica.
% Arabica

For the freshest of fresh-roasted coffee beans, it’s hard to beat % Arabica. The Kyoto-based import opened its first U.S. location in Brooklyn last year with a souped-up espresso machine, baked goods from Balthazar, and a “green bean corner” where customers can buy beans to be roasted on the spot in seven minutes.

20 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

22. Dweebs

1434 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
An interior picture of a white ordering counter topped with wood, with coffee shop merchandise hanging on the wall behind the counter
The coffee counter at Dweebs.
Liz Clayton/Eater

Dweebs stands out from the average modern cafe as boldly unpretentious. The charming, minimalist space feels homespun, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the shop even offers a printer to get that work printed out while waiting for a bagel or a coffee roasted by Brooklyn-based Spectrum Coffee.

1434 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

23. Drip

12 Belvidere St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

After Drip Coffee opened in Bushwick it became an instant hit for the quality of its drinks and service. Owner Nigel Price has since expanded with three quick-service coffee bars – the lobby of the Clark Street Subway Station in Brooklyn Heights, the bookstore at the Amant arts center in East Williamsburg, and the lobby of 75 Varick Street in Soho – but the original location is the most convivial, a gathering point for the neighborhood. 

12 Belvidere St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

24. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

212b Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Baristas working behind the counter at Stumptown
The spacious interior at Stumptown’s downtown Brooklyn location.
Liz Clayton/Eater

Of this Portland-born chain’s handful of New York storefronts, its vault-like space in Cobble Hill is most worth a visit. The outdoor patio is ideal for sampling Stumptown’s selection of coffee or noshing on a breakfast taco from King David Tacos, sold at the shop. Stumptown also has coffee shops in Greenwich Village (30 West Eighth Street), and at the Ace Hotel in NoMad (18 West 29th Street).

212b Pacific St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

25. Little Skips East

1643 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11207

Like its sibling shops Little Skips South and the now-closed Baby Skips, Little Skips East aspires to be a true neighborhood coffee shop. Founder Linda Thach spotlights a rotating list of local coffee companies alongside anchor roaster Counter Culture Coffee. The menu includes tuna and scrambled egg sandwiches, along with creative coffee drinks, like its seasonal iced ube latte.

1643 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11207

26. Everyman Espresso

162 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Everyman has two locations in the city, the original coffee bar in the lobby of the Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street), and the welcoming cafe in Park Slope that brings truly high quality coffee to the otherwise so-so Fifth Avenue coffee corridor. Choose from meticulously brewed traditional coffee offerings, or one of its signature drinks like the tiki tonic, made from pineapple, espresso, tonic, and coconut sugar.

162 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

27. Yafa Cafe

4415 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Cousins Ali Suliman and Hakim Sulaimani launched Yafa Cafe in 2019 to put a spotlight on Yemeni coffee culture in Sunset Park. Nearly three years later, it’s still going strong as a neighborhood cornerstone where the Yemeni-rooted food is just as good as the assortment of coffees. The cousins also started to roast an in-house line of coffee during the pandemic, offering blends and Yemeni single-origin roasts for sale at the shop and online.

4415 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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