In New York City, there are plenty of places to go when you need a coffee pick-up. But when we need help waking up, we'd prefer not to get watered-down deli coffee nor anything from the ubiquitous big coffee chains. Don't get us wrong. In a pinch, we'll drink anything with caffeine; however, when we have time or are in the neighborhood, we would rather check out the following great coffee shops.
The Newcomer: Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the Ace Hotel - Stumptown Coffee, the famed coffee wholesalers from Portland, Ore, opened their first spot in NYC at the renovated Ace Hotel. We loved our cappucino ($3.30) with its silky foam on top of the nutty espresso. The stylish staff were incredibly friendly and though there aren't any seats within the coffee shop, the lobby of the Ace hotel makes for a cool, relaxed area to hang out and enjoy your coffee.
The Perfectionist: Joe The Art of Coffee - You know that person in high school who got straight A's, was extremely well-liked, and volunteered as much as possible? S/he would be the personification of Joe The Art of Coffee. In addition to charity work (currently a canned food drive for Food Banks) and community activities (running club), Joe The Art of Coffee is an expert in coffee-making. Our iced espresso was strong and full of flavor! There are currently 5 locations around Manhattan, and if you bring your own to-go mug, you get 10 cents off each drink!
The Original: Ninth Street Espresso - Opened in 1991, Ninth Street Espresso was the first specialty coffee house in NYC. It has since grown to 3 locations, but the simple menu remains the same. There are only 7 items on it and they all celebrate espresso. We had the Macchiato ($3.50) which was perfectly smooth and creamy.
The Futurist: Roasting Plant - Using pumps and tubes to move the coffee beans around, the beans are both untouched by human hands and roasted on the premises. The result was a pretty good coffee and a fun experience. There are currently 2 locations in NYC.
The Homebody: Second Stop Cafe - With rustic ambiance, free Wi-Fi, and laid-back service, this is the place where you can spend a few carefree hours (if there's a free spot) never wanting to leave. The baked goods are homey and in addition to good cappucinos, there are old-school favorites like egg creams.
The Classic: Zibetto Espresso Bar - When we think fondly of European trips, we often think about the great food, drink, and cafes. This double espresso ($3) we had at Zibetto reminded us of those trips abroad. It had a rich and smooth crema - definitely one of best espresso bars in the city.
The only other coffee shop in NYC we've been meaning to try is Gimme!. We hope to check it out soon to see whether it would make our list. Have you tried this (or any of these) coffee shops? Are we missing any others? We'd love to hear your suggestions!
Joe The Art of Coffee is located in NYC, at
141 Waverly Pl9 East 13th St. (btwn 5th Ave and University Pl)
405 W 23rd St. (at 9th Ave)
44 Grand Central Terminal
514 Columbus Ave (at W 85th St)
Ninth Street Espresso is located in NYC, at
75 9th Ave (in Chelsea Market)700 E 9th St (btwn Aves C and D)
341 E 10th St (btwn Aves A and B)
Roasting Plant is located in NYC, at
18 Orchard St (btwn Broome and Grand Sts)75 Greenwich Ave (btwn W 11th and Bank Sts)
Second Stop Cafe is located at
524 Lorimer St. (at Ainslie St) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Stumptown Coffee Roasters is located at
18 W 29th St. btwn 5th and Broadway Aves. (in the Ace Hotel) in NYC.
Zibetto Espresso Bar is located, in NYC at6 Avenue (at 56th St.)
102 Fulton street (at Williams St.)