Manhattanites are a wired bunch. Always racing at a thousand miles per hour, you must wonder what keeps us going all day (and sometimes all night). Our secret: delicious coffee, and lots of it. Yes, New Yorkers are coffee snobs at heart, but you can't blame us. We have so many fantastic coffee shops at our disposal, it's hard to accept anything even remotely subpar.
But don't get caught with bodega coffee or get lured in by tourist traps. To find the best coffee shops in NYC, you need to know where to look. Whether you find yourself in the heart of the West Village or strolling along in Park Slope, we can guarantee that a great cup of coffee awaits, ready to fulfill your every coffee demand: espresso, long black, macchiato, almond milk, and even matcha latte. Don't settle for anything less than excellence. These are hands down the best coffee shops in NYC.
Three Seat Espresso & Barber
It's physically impossible to be in a bad mood after visiting Three Seat Espresso & Barber in the East Village. The bright yellow awning is a sign of great things to come, the sun usually streams into the large windows, and you're always greeted by the friendliest bunch. Try the avocado toast with an egg on top and take your flat white for a stroll in Tompkins Square Park. This is Aussie coffee at its best.
137 Avenue A, New York, NY
Toby's Estate Coffee
Even though Toby's Estate Coffee has five locations across the city, it's not uncommon to see people make the trek to a location from nearby neighborhoods—the coffee is just that good. Best of all, they are spread out enough across the city that you can always find one not too far away. This is a true New Yorker staple.
125 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY (multiple locations)
Courtesy of Intelligentsia Coffee
Intelligentsia Coffee is a Chicago company, but Chelsea dwellers have adopted it as their own. Their coffee bar in the High Line hotel is great for everyday consumption, but the real appeal of this great coffee roaster is the coffee truck they set up in the hotel's courtyard each summer. This is as quaint as it gets when you want to grab a coffee outside.
180 10th Ave, New York, NY
Happy Bones is a tiny coffee shop in Nolita that's making big waves on the New York coffee scene. It's conveniently located within a stone's throw of some of the best brunch spots in the city: De Maria, Pietro Nolita, The Butcher's Daughter, Egg Shop, so you can show up to brunch already wired.
394 Broome St, New York, NY
A great cup of coffee starts with a friendly barista and Sam Penix, owner of Everyman Espresso in the East Village (also now in SoHo and Park Slope), is as friendly as they come. Always prepared with great anecdotes or film recommendations, he never fails to put a smile on your face. That, and he pulls the best espresso shot in town.
136 E 13th St, New York, NY (multiple locations)
Jacks Stir Brew
Courtesy of Jacks Stir Brew
Whoever has spent any time out east knows that Jacks Stir Brew is the best coffee in the Hamptons, but Manhattanites can still get their fix year-round when back in the city. With locations in the West Village, FiDi, and TriBeCa, it basically has lower Manhattan covered.
Ludlow Coffee Supply
Courtesy of Ludlow Coffee Supply
Ludlow Coffee Supply is the type of place where you can grab a quick iced latte to go, or stay and linger for a while. With plush seating and a killer music selection, and even better coffee, it's easy to get sucked into spending hours at this place quietly working away or catching up with friends. Best of all, it's conveniently located next to one of our favorite hotels: The Ludlow.
176 Ludlow St, New York, NY
Try to google "'best coffee shops in NYC" and you're bound to find The Elk on almost every list. The West Village staple has charmed locals and tourists alike with its amazing dedication to coffee and quaint general store vibes.
128 Charles St, New York, NY
This Aussie coffee shop chain has basically overtaken all of Manhattan with its cheery signature-blue interiors and amazing coffee. Now with 11 locations around the city (plus one in Montauk), Bluestone Lane is almost on every corner whenever you need it. You'll never have an excuse to go anywhere else when you find in need of a caffeine fix far away from your usual coffee shop.
51 Astor Pl, New York, NY
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