New Yorkers aren’t stereotyped as ambitious go-getters for nothing. And for a lot of us, coffee is just what we reach for to psych ourselves up for that grind.
While there’ll always be a Starbucks or Dunkin on a nearby corner if you find yourself in need of a quick fix, why not make some place more unique your new go-to workspace or hangspace?
Here’s a few awesome options for you to check out the next time you wanna amp up.
1. KÁVÉ Espresso Bar (119 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn)
It’s a little hard to find, but once you’re in the know, you’ll be excited to discover that this Bushwick hidden gem basically has it all.
24-hour cold brew coffee and NITRO on tap, delicious soft serve ice cream supplied by Oddfellows, organic teas, great eats, and even homemade nut milks and syrups that’ll take any drink to the next level.
Keep an eye on their calendar for the occasional event, and if you’re really passionate about the art of the brew, you can even sign up for a class that’ll turn you into a certifiable expresso expert.
2. Abraço (86 E. 7th St, Manhattan)
If you’re more about conversation and camaraderie than plodding away at your novel in progress, then the bright, cheery and laptop-free Abraço in the East Village might be just the place for you!
Enjoy top-notch espresso, cold brew, and drip coffee alongside unique sweets like olive oil cake or chocolate apricot shortbread and classy eats like a fontina and roasted poblano grilled cheese or carrot-tarragon salad. You’ll definitely be glad you did!
3. Orso Coffee (1745 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Brooklyn)
If you’re looking for a perfect spot for a beachside brew, you’re in luck. This little café has memorable murals and a rustic, artsy vibe.
Along with pastries and croissants to die for, you’ll get free wi-fi, friendly service, and an array of delicious drinks. How about a perfectly crafted almond milk latte, or an authentic iced cortado? Sign us up!
4. Root Hill Café (262 Fourth Ave)
This hip, brick-lined Gowanus haunt is anything but ordinary, and it’s the perfect place to chill. Come for breakfast and enjoy anything from mouth-watering, house-made muffins to classic avocado toast, or save room for tasty lunch picks like hand pies, fritattas, salads, and sandwiches galore.
But the real star of the show is their drink menu, which boasts a rotating list of upscale beans and spot-on versions of all your coffeehouse faves. London Fog, anyone?
5. Black Cat LES (172 Rivington St, Manhattan)
This Manhattan find is one coffee shop that doubles as so much more. Come during the day for your typical café atmosphere with all the amenities. Or visit in the evening to catch frequent open mics and comedy nights which join lectures, music, and movie nights to create an awesome line up, and all of it free to customers!
Besides coffee specialties like an espresso and mocha “Dirty Kitty”, you can also find wine options and an extensive food menu featuring savory snacks like Wall St. White Pizza and mouthwatering dessert options like Suffolk St. Smores.
We think it’s worth a taste!
6. Kaffe 1668 (401 Greenwich St, Manhattan)
Long wooden tables, exposed lofted ceilings, and industrial chic décor all add to the vibe at this quiet, cozy Tribeca spot. The abundant outlets make it a great place to study or work as you enjoy an array of pour over options, teas, and espresso drinks.
If you feel like something more substantial to start off your day, we’d suggest one of their vibrant smoothies or hearty power bowls for breakfast, and an array of toast, panini, and salad options are sure to fulfill all your lunchtime needs.
Like what you find? They have two other locations, one over on 5th Avenue and one right down the street!
7. Astoria Café (30-04 30th St, Queens)
The Astoria story of this coffee shop is, above all, a success story. Founders Dennis Lee's and Liz Wick’s mission to bring great coffee and “midwestern hospitality” to NYC paid off big time as their business grew from a simple delivery service to the popular spot it is today.
Keep it classic with a satisfying espresso drink and a slice of luscious St. Louis Gooey Butter cake, or broaden your horizons with with some “Mugicha” iced barley tea or the South American “alfajores” cookie.
You can also stop by in the evening to check out some beer and wine options. Don’t mind if we do!
8. Café Boulis (30-15 31st Ave, Queens)
Another Queens gem comes with stellar versions of every drink you could dream of from cold brew and frappes to more exotic Greek coffee.
But what really sets this inviting, family-owned bakery café apart is their epic pastry game. Fill up on their traditional feta spinach pie or one of many equally yummy variations, but be sure to save room for their “Famous Loukoumades”, ring-shaped fried dough sweets, or their equally unforgettable “Melomakarono” honey cookie.
All we can say is mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
9. Moss Café (3260 Johnson Ave, Bronx)
In the mood for some Stumptown beans coffee brewed by serious baristas and kosher, pescatarian eats made with fresh, local ingredients?
Riverdale’s Moss Café is here for your pleasure. Grab a satisfying mug of your favorite espresso drink to enjoy with your hearty dinner or incredible brunch.
Highlights include the Shakshuka stew, kimchi fried rice, and challah French toast. It’s worth coming back to try it all!
10. Parisienne Café (2339 Arthur Avenue, Bronx)
Come to Arthur Avenue, and bring your sweet tooth! This quaint slice of France in the Bronx’s Little Italy will more than satisfy. Order up an unforgettable macchiato or latte, or sip on something stronger courtesy of their fully stocked bar, and then finish off your night with a transcendent, authentic cannoli or luscious chocolate truffle.
Who says Europe isn’t a state of mind?
So no matter your borough, no matter your taste, no matter your excuse; you do not need to settle for a sad, lonely cup of instant this winter. Get out into the world, and then get yourself that buzz!
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