A good cup of Joe isn’t too hard to find in NYC. Here are five of our favorite coffee shops that are cozy, inspiring, and just plain comforting. By Carly Petrone.
Double Dutch Espresso
2194 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY
If you’re uptown, then make sure to stop into Double Dutch, located in the heart of Harlem. This adorable coffee shop is on the narrow side, but it boasts a delicious espresso menu using Counter Culture beans. You can also nibble on tasty bites, like avocado toast and acai bowls. The staff is always friendly and if you feel up to it, you can grab a seat outside on the patio. Stick around, because at 4 p.m. you can also sip on something a little stronger from the bar next door, Mess Hall. The two establishments share a patio once the sun goes down, so feel free to add a shot of Baileys to your cup of Joe.
247 W. 36th St.
New York, NY
You may notice the line for Culture Espresso sometimes goes out the door. The wait is worth it, because each cup is curated from different farmers and roasters from across the country. Your barista will most likely make a beautiful piece of latte art, so make sure to sneak a peek before you put the lid on your cup. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, they also carry a variety of goodies from Dough Doughnuts, Magpies, Ceci Cela, Blue Sky Bakery, Overly, and Corner Café.
28 Jane St.
New York, NY
Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House in the West Village is a great place to get inspired. If you’re looking for a spot to have a brainstorming meeting or getaway with your laptop, this open and funky living-room-inspired shop is the perfect place. Sip on inventive drinks like a Cardamom Iced Coffee, a Café Aloha, or even a Nutella latte. Tea lovers have a huge menu of organic green, white, and black teas, as well as plenty of signature tea drinks. You can also pick up a smoothie, sandwich, or salad to go with your favorite drink order. Grab a seat on a cozy chair or couch in the back or sit a high top table up front.
21 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024
Have your “You’ve Got Mail” moment at Café Lalo in the Upper West Side. This French café is crammed pack with marble tables against warm brick walls and lots of hanging posters straight from Paris. Their impressive coffee menu can only be matched by their lineup of truly amazing desserts. Sip on a double cappuccino, or add a shot of Frangelico or Amaretto to your usual coffee order. Take a look at the desserts through the glass display case – their macarons, mousses, eclairs are all masterpieces, and you can even enjoy a berry wine pairing with any dessert! You’ll feel like booking a trip to Paris after enjoying some time at this quaint café.
Toby’s Estate Coffee
See website for various locations
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Toby’s Estate Coffee is a small batch roaster that believes that each cup of coffee can tell a story. Stop into one of their many locations and order something from their seasonal menu of single origin coffee. Their Williamsburg café features a pop-up brew bar every weekend with an extensive pour over menu, while their West Village location offers weekly public cuppings and private brew lessons. If you’re a latte fan, then make sure to try the Flatiron Espresso Blend at their Flatiron Espresso Bar located on Ladies Mile.