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NYC’s 18 Best Iced Coffee Drinks

July 15, 2013 9:01 AM

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The city that never sleeps runs on coffee.  With the high temperatures rolling in, many some New Yorkers prefer their caffeine chilled. They turn in steaming cups of java for frosty mochas, frozen cappuccinos and iced lattes. Here are some of the city’s best places to quench your cold coffee cravings.

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Birch Coffee

Birch Coffee -- Iced Coffee Jug

(credit: Birch Cofffe’s Flickr)

5 E 27th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-1444
birchcoffee.com

Coffee addicts, listen up. Inside the Gershwin Hotel and behind the Museum of Sex, you’ll find Birch Coffee, where they sell iced brews by the jug (see photo). You can even have the goods delivered (according to their website, current pricing is $25 for your first jug and then $20 each for every order after than). But don’t let delivery deter you from visiting the shop when you can. The servers here are friendly — and the coffee is good and refreshing. Our tip? The redeye brew tastes great cold.

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(image courtesy of Cafe Sabarsky)

Cafe Sabarsky

1048 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 288-0665

There are many reasons to love Cafe Sabarsky–it has the old world ambiance of classic Viennese coffee houses and fabulous desserts made of hazelnuts and raspberries or strawberries and elderflower. But we love it because of its Wiener Eiskaffee–chilled coffee poured over vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder. Das ist lecker.

Brooklyn Roasting Company

(credit: Brooklyn Roasting Company)

(credit: Brooklyn Roasting Company)

25 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-2664
BrooklynRoasting.com

The foodie blogosphere is abuzz with chatter about the ‘Maple Shay Shay’ at Brooklyn Roasting Company. The signature dessert drink is maple-infused iced coffee with maple syrup, espresso and whole milk.

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(credit: Sweet Leaf)

Sweetleaf

10-93 Jackson Avenue
Queens, NY
(917) 832-6726

While we’re fans of the Stumptown blend at this independent coffee shop in Hunters Point, we’d recommend the Rocket Fuel for the days when you’re dragging. The concoction is cold brewed coffee with chicory and maple syrup – simple and sweet. What more could you want from a pick me up?

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Eataly

200 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY
(646) 398-5100

Eataly is a celebration of all things Italian. They do a lot of things right, including their sweet coffee-based concoction, Neve Sulla Lava. The name which means snow on top. It’s hot chocolate with cold creme espresso, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Thank us later.

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B Cup Cafe

212 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

If you want a flavor-filled drink at an East Village laid back coffee shop, B Cup is right for you. Whether you curl up on the sofa with a laptop or lounge on the outdoor benches, B Cup has the best coffee concoctions for blocks around. Their frozen vanilla and white chocolate cafe mocha will make you look forward to a heat wave.

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(file photo credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Caffe Reggio

119 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-9557

Caffe Reggio is a Greenwich Village classic. Their fine coffees are made with roasted Arabica beans. A granita di caffe–or Italian coffee slush–topped with whipped cream will transport you all the way back to the Appian Way.

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French Roast

78 W. 11th St.
New York, NY
(212) 533-2233
French Roast has the feel of a Parisian bistro, but it’s only a few blocks from the No. 1 train. Best of all, they are open around the clock, so you get an iced cappuccino anytime of day or night.

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(credit: The Grey Dog)

The Grey Dog

242 West 16 Street
New York, NY
(212) 229-2345

The Grey Dog is tucked away on a quiet side street in Chelsea, but that doesn’t mean it’s not popular. People line up for iced hazelnut coffees and chai lattes and pair them with pressed sandwiches or their famous challah french toast. This place is always hopping. The Grey Dog also has locations on Mulberry St. and University Place.

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Bubby's

120 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-0666

1 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-0666

For the ultimate refreshment on a warm weather day, we like Bubby’s take on cold caffeine. This comfort food haven makes their iced coffee with coffee ice cubes, so even when the temperature soars, your drink stays undiluted and delicious.

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(image courtesy of Ground Support)

Ground Support

399 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-8722
The friendly staff at Ground Support makes the best cortado–espresso with steamed milk–this side of Havana. They’re very dog-friendly, too. Pets aren’t allowed inside, but their outdoor photos typically end up on Ground Support’s Facebook page.

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(image courtesy of Jacques Torres Chocolate)

Jacques Torres

285 Amsterdam
and other locations around town
New York, NY
212-787-3256
Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean that you have to give up chocolate. The hardest part of drinking Jacques Torres’ frozen hot chocolate is doing it slowly. It’s so good you may not be able to stop until it’s all gone. Show some self control – or at least try.

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(image courtesy of Linger)

Linger Cafe and Lounge

533 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 689-4813
Everything at Linger is homemade–and delicious–including their chais and the chocolate sauce in their frozen mochas. Customers can opt for outdoor seating next to flowers and trees, or sip their delectable drinks inside and listen to live music.

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(image courtesy of The Mud Truck)

The Mudspot Cafe & Restaurant

307 E. 9th St.
New York, NY
(212) 529-8766

If you ever stood in line for cups of joe at the big orange Mud Truck parked around town, you know their coffee is first-rate. But if you prefer you sit and drink, you can always visit their charming East Village cafe for their famous iced mud mocha.

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(image courtesy of Tea Lounge)

Tea Lounge

837 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 789-2762
Sure, they can call it a tea lounge, but every cup of their micro-roasted coffee is artfully prepared. Even your inner barista will be impressed with the foam flowers on the iced cappuccinos.

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(image courtesy of Indian Road)

Indian Road Cafe

600 W. 218th St.
New York, NY 10034
(212) 942-7451

Not only does Indian Road have the distinction of being set right along one of the most beautiful places in Manhattan–Inwood Hill Park–it also has some of the best coffee north of 14th St. Their finely roasted coffees–brewed in a French press–provide a good, strong jolt of java.

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The Full Cup

388 Van Duzer St.
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 442-4224

Once known as the Muddy Cup, this Staten Island venue is known not only for their coffee, but their bar and live music performance space in back. Or, as one Staten Island resident told CBSNewYork, for being “the only place on the island that’s not a Dunkin or Starbucks.”

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(image courtesy of Tea & Sympathy)

Tea & Sympathy

108 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 989-9735
If you are tired of iced coffee, are you tired of life? No, just switch to Tea & Sympathy’s iced tea. Made with real tea leaves (not powders) and flavored with fresh fruits, mint leaves and other good things, they serve some of the most refreshing drinks in town.

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