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28 Outstanding Coffee Shops in NYC

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. Plowshares Coffee

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2730 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 222-0280
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Plowshares, a low-key favorite roaster in the city for years, has reopened its original Bloomingdale coffee shop on Broadway for daily service. In addition to house-roasted coffee, the cafe also offers a selection of pastries from James Beard Award-winning bakery Bien Cuit.

3. Super Nice Coffee and Bakery by Danny Macaroons

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156 E 117th St
New York, NY 10035
(917) 261-5069
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The coffee at Super Nice is stellar, particularly its drink specials like the caramelized brown sugar and dulce de leche lattes, but do yourself a favor and throw on one of the cafe’s many baked goods or desserts. They’re always changing, but top-notch options that keep coming back include the cinnamon rolls, almond croissant, guava-cheese danish, and sandwiches. There’s no seating at the moment, but consider making your way to the nearby Marcus Garvey Park for an impromptu picnic.

Three pastries placed on a white plate near a window sill
A selection of baked goods from Super Nice.
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864 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-0580
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Holding down the Hell’s Kitchen coffee scene since 2013, Rex brews top cups from esteemed North Carolina roaster Counter Culture Coffee alongside fresh baked treats and coveted egg sandwiches. The cafe’s Cuban is worth the stroll over to Tenth Avenue, too.

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. Little Collins

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708 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 308-1969
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The Aussies running this modern Midtown shop have provided a getaway for a neighborhood otherwise glutted with Starbucks and LPQs. 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, avocado smash, or the “green eggs & damn!”, and enjoy personal service as good as the food & drink.

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

8. Variety Coffee Roasters

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261 7th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(917) 409-0106
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The first Manhattan outlet of this popular Brooklyn chain is an ideal pit-stop for a comforting cup of coffee. Its menu tends slightly towards richer, earthier origins, with a small selection of pastries available. Variety also has additional locations in the Upper East Side, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick.

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The spacious interior at Variety Coffee Roasters.
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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 roaster Sweetleaf. 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. The coffee roaster stays open through the late afternoon, but those looking to snag an evening beer or cocktail can swing by Sweetleaf at 4615 Center Boulevard, at 46th Avenue.

10. The Elk

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128 Charles St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 933-4780
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Claire Chan has curated a Vancouver, Canada vibe at this destination for a fine cup of cortado and single-origin pour-overs. The general store-slash-coffee shop also has a light menu with dishes like lemon chicken soup, avocado toast, and smoothies, available for takeout and delivery. (Note: The shop is currently closed for a summer break but will reopen on August 30.)

11. Hi-Collar

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231 E 9th 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 kissatens, Japanese coffee and tea cafes.

12. Meno

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218 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 767-9797
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This splashy new Chinese coffee shop landed in the West Village in 2020, serving drinks previously unseen in New York City, like fermented dark tea and coffees made with fruit juice. Beverages made with coffee and orange juice have found their way to other cities, but Meno is among the first in New York City to make versions with brighter fruits, like pineapple. The shop’s beans are specially roasted to have a mild coffee aftertaste, “similar to a light Americano,” says spokesperson Ying Ye.

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Coffees made with fruit juice at Meno.
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13. 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. Closed Mondays.

14. 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 the first of its four locations, which now includes a cafe in downtown Brooklyn, a Chelsea outpost, and an expansive coffee lab and education center in Queens. Like all of Coffee Project’s spots, this is a place for big-time coffee drinkers. Don’t miss the shop’s famed deconstructed latte.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

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.

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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 ricotta-stuffed muffins, chocolate croissants, and tahini chocolate chip cookies from Bourke Street Bakery. 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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Sey (yes, spelled backwards) was started by Tobin Polk and Lance Schnorenberg, whose previous venture, Lofted Coffee, drew accolades for its progressive roasts. The space is minimal, bright, and plant-filled, the perfect stage for the Nordic-style coffee for which it became popular. Roasting operations are in view at the back of the cafe.

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 earlier this 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.
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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.

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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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Drip Coffee opened in Bushwick this year and became an instant hit for the quality of its drinks and service. Owner Nigel Price operated the shop alone in its first six months, serving up impeccable espresso and cold brew that’s steeped for 48 hours. He’s since brought on a full team of baristas and opened a second location in Brooklyn Heights. 

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.

Baristas working behind the counter at Stumptown
The spacious interior at Stumptown’s downtown Brooklyn location.
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25. Kitten Espresso Bar

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320 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 744-7687
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Kitten Coffee has been quietly roasting some of the city’s best coffee beans since 2007, when founder Rowan Tuckfield relocated to Brooklyn from Melbourne, Australia. Tuckfield roasts his beans out of a rented space in one of the borough’s few remaining cardboard factories, and serves them alongside pastries from two bite-sized storefronts in Bed-Stuy.

26. 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.

27. Everyman Espresso

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162 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Of Everyman’s three esteemed cafes in the city, the Park Slope location is the most welcome — bringing 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.

28. 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. Two years and one pandemic 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. (Note: The shop is currently closed for a summer break but will reopen on August 30.)

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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. Plowshares Coffee

2730 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Plowshares, a low-key favorite roaster in the city for years, has reopened its original Bloomingdale coffee shop on Broadway for daily service. In addition to house-roasted coffee, the cafe also offers a selection of pastries from James Beard Award-winning bakery Bien Cuit.

2730 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

3. Super Nice Coffee and Bakery by Danny Macaroons

156 E 117th St, New York, NY 10035
Three pastries placed on a white plate near a window sill
A selection of baked goods from Super Nice.
Adam Moussa/Eater

The coffee at Super Nice is stellar, particularly its drink specials like the caramelized brown sugar and dulce de leche lattes, but do yourself a favor and throw on one of the cafe’s many baked goods or desserts. They’re always changing, but top-notch options that keep coming back include the cinnamon rolls, almond croissant, guava-cheese danish, and sandwiches. There’s no seating at the moment, but consider making your way to the nearby Marcus Garvey Park for an impromptu picnic.

156 E 117th St
New York, NY 10035

4. Rex

864 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Holding down the Hell’s Kitchen coffee scene since 2013, Rex brews top cups from esteemed North Carolina roaster Counter Culture Coffee alongside fresh baked treats and coveted egg sandwiches. The cafe’s Cuban is worth the stroll over to Tenth Avenue, too.

864 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019

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. Little Collins

708 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

The Aussies running this modern Midtown shop have provided a getaway for a neighborhood otherwise glutted with Starbucks and LPQs. 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, avocado smash, or the “green eggs & damn!”, and enjoy personal service as good as the food & drink.

708 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10017

7. 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

8. Variety Coffee Roasters

261 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Several groups of people sitting inside Variety at various tables, under arched, high ceilings and near tall windows
The spacious interior at Variety Coffee Roasters.
Liz Clayton/Eater

The first Manhattan outlet of this popular Brooklyn chain is an ideal pit-stop for a comforting cup of coffee. Its menu tends slightly towards richer, earthier origins, with a small selection of pastries available. Variety also has additional locations in the Upper East Side, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick.

261 7th Ave
New York, NY 10001

9. Sweetleaf

10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

This is the original location for growing coffee roaster Sweetleaf. 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. The coffee roaster stays open through the late afternoon, but those looking to snag an evening beer or cocktail can swing by Sweetleaf at 4615 Center Boulevard, at 46th Avenue.

10-93 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

10. The Elk

128 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Claire Chan has curated a Vancouver, Canada vibe at this destination for a fine cup of cortado and single-origin pour-overs. The general store-slash-coffee shop also has a light menu with dishes like lemon chicken soup, avocado toast, and smoothies, available for takeout and delivery. (Note: The shop is currently closed for a summer break but will reopen on August 30.)

128 Charles St
New York, NY 10014

11. Hi-Collar

231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

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 kissatens, Japanese coffee and tea cafes.

231 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003

12. Meno

218 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Three colorful drinks with foamy white tops and fruit sit on a small table made of light wood
Coffees made with fruit juice at Meno.
MENO

This splashy new Chinese coffee shop landed in the West Village in 2020, serving drinks previously unseen in New York City, like fermented dark tea and coffees made with fruit juice. Beverages made with coffee and orange juice have found their way to other cities, but Meno is among the first in New York City to make versions with brighter fruits, like pineapple. The shop’s beans are specially roasted to have a mild coffee aftertaste, “similar to a light Americano,” says spokesperson Ying Ye.

218 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

13. Abraço

81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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. Closed Mondays.

81 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

14. Coffee Project NY

239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

The East Village’s Coffee Project is the first of its four locations, which now includes a cafe in downtown Brooklyn, a Chelsea outpost, and an expansive coffee lab and education center in Queens. Like all of Coffee Project’s spots, this is a place for big-time coffee drinkers. Don’t miss the shop’s famed deconstructed latte.

239 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003

15. 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

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16. 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

17. 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

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.

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 ricotta-stuffed muffins, chocolate croissants, and tahini chocolate chip cookies from Bourke Street Bakery. 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

Sey (yes, spelled backwards) was started by Tobin Polk and Lance Schnorenberg, whose previous venture, Lofted Coffee, drew accolades for its progressive roasts. The space is minimal, bright, and plant-filled, the perfect stage for the Nordic-style coffee for which it became popular. Roasting operations are in view at the back of the cafe.

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 earlier this 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

Drip Coffee opened in Bushwick this year and became an instant hit for the quality of its drinks and service. Owner Nigel Price operated the shop alone in its first six months, serving up impeccable espresso and cold brew that’s steeped for 48 hours. He’s since brought on a full team of baristas and opened a second location in Brooklyn Heights. 

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.

212b Pacific St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

25. Kitten Espresso Bar

320 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Kitten Coffee has been quietly roasting some of the city’s best coffee beans since 2007, when founder Rowan Tuckfield relocated to Brooklyn from Melbourne, Australia. Tuckfield roasts his beans out of a rented space in one of the borough’s few remaining cardboard factories, and serves them alongside pastries from two bite-sized storefronts in Bed-Stuy.

320 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

26. 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

27. Everyman Espresso

162 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Of Everyman’s three esteemed cafes in the city, the Park Slope location is the most welcome — bringing 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

28. 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. Two years and one pandemic 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. (Note: The shop is currently closed for a summer break but will reopen on August 30.)

4415 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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