New York City can be a dream for coffee lovers. But which Big Apple locale boasts the best brews? Here are our picks for 2011’s Best Coffee Shops.

Manhattan: MUDTruck

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307 E. 9th Street
(212) 228-9074

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The city’s first gourmet coffee truck sits at a more permanent fixture in the East Village. The cafe features blends that are Rainforest Alliance Certified and prices that range from $1.50 to $3.50 for a latte.

Brooklyn: Gimme! Coffee

Gimme! Coffee barista Sheena Heise

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495 Lorimer St.
(718) 388-7771
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This young storefront was born of a chain out of Ithaca back in 2003. It features many triple ristretto espresso shots and daily blends from beans roasted at Gimme’s upstate facility for maximum freshness.

The Bronx: Beans and Berries

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2038 Eastchester Road
(347) 810-7400

The Bronx isn’t home to many local coffee shops, but the inexpensive bean blends at Beans & Berries give great incentive to skip the stop at Starbucks.

Staten Island: Java Den

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3135 Victory Blvd
Staten Island
(718) 761-3172

This mom and pop shop will be a haven not just for java lovers, but for book worms, as well. The store features a book swap. You can get lost in a good book while indulging in the favorite local drink – the hot white mocha.

Queens: Sweetleaf


10-93 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
(917) 832-6726

We recommend the Stumptown blend at this independent shop, which offers $2 cups of coffee and $2.50 espresso drinks.

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Comments (5)
  1. Norcaleptin says:

    somewhat off topic, but I have never referred to these establishments as “coffee shops.” To me that refers to smaller diner-type restaurants, mostly in Manhattan, with extensive menus, like Tom’s Restaurant from Seinfeld (and real life). In fact, as they used to say on the show, “Meet me at the coffee shop.” What’s being talked about in this Top 5 list is a “coffee house.”

  2. Nicole says:

    Everyone has their opinion and taste…but it would worth to try the espresso and the icecapuccino served at Soccer Sports Stillwell ….1786 Stillwell Ave. in Broklyn…..

  3. Walter says:

    The best coffe in the entire city is at Cafe La Nueva 86-10A 37 Avenue, Jackson Heights Queens. The best !!!!

  4. NYCChica says:

    Although The Mud Truck does serve really good coffee, I’ll take a cup of properly made Bustelo over fancy coffee-shop drinks any day,

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