Cities / New York / 16 Cafés In New York You Need To Try

16 Cafés In New York You Need To Try

By New York Bucket List

Espresso state of mind ☕


Published March 04, 2020

In the city that never sleeps, it’s no wonder everyone is constantly running on caffeine. With the most coffee shops per capita, it's easy for New Yorkers to get their java fix at any hour of the day – and for various purposes. Whether you’re looking for a quick cup along your morning commute, a place to alleviate the 3PM work slump, or an excuse to mix coffee and cocktails at happy hour, we’ve rounded out 15 of our favorite coffee shops throughout NYC.

Ralph’s | Various Locations

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Nicollette Petersen (@nicollettepetersen) on

At the intersection of fashion and function, we have Ralph’s. Oh and by function, we mean functioning – thanks to Ralph’s Special Blend, brewed exclusively from La Colombe. Whether you pop by their converted truck in Rockefeller Plaza (and trust us, Rockefeller is an extremely caffeine-inducing place) or you grab a seat at one of their two emerald accented locales, you’ll be welcomed by smiling waitstaff in striped Ralph Lauren shirts, signature green knit ties and butchers’ aprons, as well as by an array of fresh baked goods.
Pro Tip: Try their take on an iced coffee–the Espresso Tonic–with three shots of espresso, tonic water and an orange slice. 

WiFi: No
Where: 888 Madison Avenue, 10021 (UES); 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 10111 (Midtown); 160 Fifth Avenue, 10010 (Flatiron)

For more information.

Rosecrans | West Village 

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by New York Bucket List (@nybucketlist) on

Does anything beat coffee shops and flower shops? Answer: A coffee shop that doubles as a flower shop. At Rosecrans you can have your cake flowers and eat them too – literally. In addition to coffee staples, their menu includes floral delicacies like matcha made with rose water and lemon elderflower vegan yogurt.

WiFi: No, but Rosecrans’ sister-shop around the corner, Ad Hoc, does.
Where: 7 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

For more information.

Maman | Various Locations

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Pretty City New York (@prettycitiesnewyork) on

It’s not a regular maman, it’s a cool maman. Inspired by savory and sweet flavors from the south of France, the ever-changing menu offers twists on childhood favorites and a wide selection of baked goods, coffee, breakfast, lunch et bien sûr, brunch. Select locations include a full bar while all seven locations offer their famous nutty chocolate chip cookie, named one of Oprah’s ‘favorite things’ in 2017. If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us. 
Pro Tip: In 2019, the SoHo locale opened up the adjacent French Concept Store, featuring Parisian imports, cooking classes and enough delectable jam samples to extend your early morning brunch into a late afternoon snack. 

WiFi: Varies per location
Where: 239 Centre St, 10013 (SoHo); 211 W Broadway, 10013 (Tribeca); 22 W 25th St, 10010 (Nomad); 205 Hudson St, 10013 (West SoHo); 837 Washington St, 10014 (Meatpacking); 50 Broad St, 10004 (FiDi); 80 Kent St, 11222 (Greenpoint)

For more information.

Birch Coffee | Various Locations

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Hanna (@why_not_hanna) on

With 14 locations across the greater-Manhattan area, the common thread among all Birch Coffee shops are shelves of books, games, conversation starters and *gasp* no Wi-Fi. Focusing on human connection over internet connection, these cozy cafés scattered across NYC will transport you to a literary haven, with wooden nooks surrounded by dogeared classics.   

WiFi: No
Where: Various Locations

For more information.

Supermoon Bakehouse | LES

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by alison piepmeyer (@alisonpiepmeyer) on

We’re over the moon about Supermoon Bakehouse. With a distinctive Insta-worthy aesthetic (think holographic boxes and a neon sign reading ‘Bite Me’), their unique display concept lines up every available menu item –  making it particularly hard to just look with our eyes, not with our taste buds. While their coffee flows smoothly, it’s the Bakehouse’s baked goods that truly take the cake, with staples like their seasonal cruffins, sweet filled croissants (read: raspberry cheesecake croissant filled with a cream cheese creme patissiere and house-made raspberry mint jam) and signature Lemon Cream Pie Doughnut. Need we go on? No, but we will. Head in during the warmer summer months for their croissant butter soft serve.

WiFi: No
Where: 120 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

For more information.

Devoción | Various Locations 

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Yes Williamsburg (@yeswilliamsburg) on

For true devotees of coffee, we present Devoción. Though Devoción’s farm-fresh Colombian coffee can be found in cafés across NYC, there’s nothing quite as calming as stepping into one of their caffeine oases – each engulfed in lush greenery and natural sunlight. Sink into their signature plush leather couch and sink your teeth into a fresh croissant. *Chef's kiss*

WiFi: Yes
Where: 276 Livingston St, 11201 (Downtown Brooklyn); 69 Grand St, 11249 (Williamsburg); 25 E 20th St, 10003 (Flatiron); 121 E 27th St, 10003 (Nomad)

For more information.

Felix Roasting Co. | Midtown East

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Afrodet (@afrodet) on 

With a bespoke patterned terrazzo floor – and takeaway cups to match – Felix Roasting Co. is a masterclass in finery and aesthetic. A designer’s dream, this eclectically grandiose café is, believe it or not, more than just a pretty face. You’ll find patrons sipping coffee classic while others divulge in the more ostentatious, say, the Hickory-Smoked S’mores Latte with steamed graham-cracker infused milk, 70% dark chocolate and cinnamon – garnished with a torched salted caramel marshmallow and served in a gold-rimmed coupe cocktail glass, no less.

WiFi: Yes
Where: 450 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016

For more information.

Kobrick Coffee | Meatpacking

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Kobrick Coffee (@kobrickcoffee) on 

Take your look coffee from day to night with one easy step: Kobrick. Transforming the way we look at “all-day café,” Kobrick occupies two adjacent shops – a bright and airy, palm-printed coffeehouse juxtaposed with the intimately dim bar next door. The baristas here double as bartenders, offering a smooth transition from work to play and blurring the line between brews and booze, with libations such as The Goblet of Fire, blending absinthe with espresso, and the Mexican Jumping Bean, uniting tequila with ristretto.

WiFi: Yes
Where: 24 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

For more information.

Sweatshop | Williamsburg

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Sweatshop (@sweatshop_nyc) on

Small but mighty, much like a cortado, is Brooklyn’s bodega-turned-stylish café, Sweatshop. Part café, part design studio, Sweatshop appeals to the Williamsburg masses with their Australian-inspired refreshments and bites. Though the small space (with retractable windows perfect for those sunny summer mornings) is WiFi-friendly, there are very minimal power outlets; just charge up with some espresso instead.

WiFi: Yes
Where: 232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York

For more information.

The Monkey Cup | Harlem

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Alex Ahearn (@alexahearn1) on

We’re going totally bananas over the monkey-inspired Monkey Cup. Serving up pastries and lattes – the latter of which may come garnished with monkey latte art – this Harlem haven transports you to the treehouse of your childhood dreams. The ceiling is carpeted with a blanket of greenery and adorned with scattered Edison bulbs while their tree-turned-bookshelf invites you to put away your phone and pick up a book – in between notification dings at least.

WiFi: Yes
Where: 1730 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031

For more information.

Ludlow Coffee Supply | LES

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Tar Mar (@tarmarz) on

Delve beyond double wooden doors and enter Ludlow Coffee Supply’s cozy parlor. The snug shop is divided by two distinct areas, balancing labor and lounge. As you enter, you’ll approach  a procession of laptops and melody of computer key taps – thanks in part to an extensive coffee menu including everything from Bourbon Vanilla Lattes to Vietnamese Iced Coffee (read: legal speed). Grab your cup and step beyond the foyer and into the mid-century living room of your hipster dreams, complete with rich leather loveseats and soft stereo sounds.

Wi-Fi: Yes
Where: 176 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

For more information.

Grounded | West Village

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

The best coffee place in town

A post shared by Artem Gorodetsky (@artgorodetsky) on

Greens and grounds make for the optimal grind. Grounded, located in the West Village, welcomes patrons with a lush green sea of hanging plants and standing trees. As soft tunes play, take a seat under their skylight to soak in the Vitamin D while sipping down some Vitamin C(affieine). Their wide-ranging chalkboard menu features everything from coffee and tea classics to smoothies, breakfast and lunch.

WiFi: Yes
Where: 28 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

For more information.

Haven’s Kitchen  | Chelsea 

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Haven's Kitchen (@havenskitchen) on

Those who can’t do, teach take classes. And the best place to do so? An epicure’s dream, Haven’s Kitchen – which triples as a cooking school, café and event space. Talk about an overachiever. With a fresh and seasonal cafe menu rotating biweekly, choose between tartines, muffins, soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets *deep breath* or make the smart choice and opt for one of each. 

WiFi: Yes
Where: 109 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

For more information.

Mud | East Village

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by ⓔⓛⓛⓔⓝ💫 (@ellenjoy26) on

For the days you need an IV of caffeine injected straight into your veins, look no further than Mud (no actual IVs provided). With two locations conveniently scattered throughout the East Village, you’ll have a different experience at each one – but consistently strong and delightful coffee throughout. Need to pick up a pick me up on your morning commute? Mudpark. Looking for an all-day brunch and beer combo in an enclosed garden – for $21.50? Mudspot is the spot.

WiFi: No
Where: 75 E 1st St, 10003 (Mudpark); 307 E 9th St, 10003 (Mudspot)

For more information.

Butler | Various Locations

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Butler (@butlerbakeshop) on

No ifs, ands or buts about it – Butler is a local neighborhood favorite. Serving up Michelin-starred pastries, all-day breakfast, lunch after 11AM, and some of the finest espresso on this side of heaven the East River, this bakery-café is an ideal spot to rest, relax and repeat. 

WiFi: Yes
Where: 95 S 5th St, 11249 (Williamsburg); 101 N 8th St, 11249 (Williamsburg), 40 Water St, 11201 (DUMBO), 1149 Broadway, 10001 (Nomad)

For more information.

Le Labo Cafe | Williamsburg

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Gotham Magazine (@gothammag) on

With a multitude of Le Labo scents to choose from, there’s one in particular that stands out at their Williamsburg locale – fresh brewed coffee. Affixed to the famous perfumery, is a hidden gem of a coffee shop that’s almost too good to disclose. Key word being almost. With a no frills drink menu and vegan pastries, we can’t think of a better way to top off picking out a fragrance than with a midday caffeinated pick me up. 

WiFi: No
Where: 120 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For more information.

(Cover Photo Courtesy of Felix Roasting Co.)

You May Also Like


Follow Us on Instagram

@nybucketlist
@newyork_instagram