Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Coffee

by Jasmine Greene

New York City might be the city that never sleeps, but it takes a whole lot of java to keep everything running.

While you there might be a million places you can go to grab your caffeine fix (and a Starbucks on every corner), if you want the best of the best, these are the top coffee shops to go to for a good cup of joe. So relax and get reinvigorated at these top coffee spots.

Third Rail Coffee

240 Sullivan Street

Third Rail Coffee

This cozy spot is the perfect place if you want your coffee to go although they do offer some seating if you can find an empty spot. They might not get fancy with their coffee, but they don't have to.

The coffee here speaks for itself. It's smooth and mild without any acidic coffee. Drink it black or add some milk or non-dairy milk for their delectable lattes and cappuccinos. There's no Wi-Fi here so if you do manage to snag a seat, you can enjoy your drink without the distraction of the Internet.

DTUT

1744 Second Avenue

DTUT

There's a dearth of coffee shops in the Upper East Side, unless of course you count Starbucks. DTUT is one of the few places that offers not only creamy chais and strong coffee, but a stiff drink as well. That's right, if you're in the mood for something a bit stronger, this gem also has a selection of beer, wine and cocktails in addition to the standard macchiato and sandwiches.

You can also order some fondue or roast up some s'mores to have with your espresso. You're not going to get any hand selected, hand-roasted coffee here instead serving up Stumptown coffee. For you Internet junkies, there is now Wi-Fi available on the weekends so you'll need to go elsewhere for your fix.

Brooklyn Roasting Company

25 Jay Street, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Roasting Company

A lot of coffee shops serve Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee, so why not go right to source and get it directly from the warehouse? You can choose from a variety of blends based on what flavor profile you want from mild to bold.

Regardless of what you choose, you can enjoy the flavor black or with just a splash of milk though you can get fancy with a cortado. There's also plenty of room here to set up shop with your laptop where you can sip on drinks and enjoy some light snacks all day long.

Box Kite

115 St. Mark's Place

Box Kite

This tiny shop is easy to miss, but once you've discovered it you'll wonder how you could have gone so long without it. While you can just get yourself a cup of coffee, you should go during open bar hours where the baristas/bartenders will pair your coffee with a spirit.

Unlike other coffee shops, they are multi-roasters, which means they offer a variety of options from different companies. They also offer amazing food options like steamed bass, liver mousse and dressed up deviled eggs.

Hi Collar

214 East 10th Street

Hi Collar

This Japanese spot offers customization to the max for those afficiandos with discerning tastes. Not only can you choose the type of bean you can also choose from a variety of different brewing methods so you can have the perfect cup of coffee.

The place is quite small but if you really want your coffee done right then Hi Collar is the place to go. You can also get some traditional Japanese café food like omurice, hot cakes (basically pancakes) and sandwiches. At night, Hi Collar transforms into a bar and serves sake as well as dinner.

Abraço

86 E 7th St

Abraço

Abraco isn't the most spacious space so say the least but its drip coffee is just amazing. Haven't been here? Then its time you head to East Village and try some. Its the former Blue Bottle barista, Jamie McCormick (owner), that makes sure that Abraco's brewing, blends and flavours all are of the highest quality.

There is a good reason why coffee fans keep coming here. And while here, get the olive cookie as well.

Culture Expresso

72 West 38th Street

Culture Expresso

When strolling around midtown you will notice its packed with coffee chains. There's a few, well appreciated, exceptions though and one of them is Culture Expresso. If you are looking for a strong expresso then you will for sure become a regular at Culture. If you want it slightly cooler then just have a latter or cappuccino, stil equally good.

More adventurous, then get the Australian latte (froth and liquid), flat white.

Honorable Mention

Sweetleaf

4615 Center Boulevard, Queens; 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Queens; 135 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

Sweetleaf

This coffee shop was so popular they opened up two shops in Long Island City to make sure the denizens of Queens were properly caffeinated. What sets Sweetleaf apart from the other shops are their specialty drinks like Rocket Fuel – iced coffee with maple syrup and chicory – for a fun twist. Really though, people go for the laid-back bohemian atmosphere and comfortable lounge sofas.

The Center Boulevard location doubles as a cocktail bar at night while the Jackson Avenue location offers a small laptop area for those who want to get some work done. There's also a Williamsburg location that offers a laptop area and foosball.