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The 6 Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Life before coffee is hard to imagine (did it even exist)? Our love affair with coffee goes way back! We love our caffeine fix whether it's in the morning, mid-day or night. In fact you know you're a true New Yorker, when you can't live without your morning cup of coffee. Thankfully it's very easy to find a great cup no matter where you are in this city.  

That's why we decided to make your life easier by bringing you this list of the best coffee shops in NYC. Scroll through for our favorite baristas in town and as always, leave yours in the comments :) 

Written By: Somi Basathia @somisweets

Abraco86 East 7th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave). 

Despite it's tiny size and lack of indoor seating, Abraco has a devout customer following. Owner Jamie McCormick is very focused on both roasting coffee beans (which he does in Greenpoint) and brewing them keeping the flavors consistent. The love for food can be seen in the locally sourced and organic ingredients. From the unique and specialty olive-oil cake to the thyme lemon shortbread the pastry selection of flavors won't leave your disappointed. Side note: they close at 6 p.m. so make sure you're there early!  

photo: Abraco

 

Fika, 566 10th Ave (between 41st and 42nd Street). 

This modern and Swedish inspired mini chain has become a local favorite for its combination of freshly roasted coffee beans in Brooklyn and house made treats.  There are seventeen locations spread around Manhattan, and all of them capture the essence of Scandinavian culture. Be sure to order executive pastry chef Robert Tell's cardamom cinnamon bun: it's one of the city's best hidden treats. 

 

photo: Fika

 

Everyman Espresso, 136 E 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th Ave). 

A must try for coffee enthusiasts everywhere, this low-key java spot was voted Best in the Nation. They are also globally recognized for their high quality and innovative approach to design. The espresso is made to order with well balanced milk that's hot and foamed to perfection. There's also rotating selection of boutique, in-season beans at a higher price tag for those looking to step up their coffee game. 

photo: Everyman Espresso

photo: Everyman Espresso

 

Birch21 E 27th Street (between Madison and 5th Ave). 

A modern and earthy feels cafe that boasts amazing roast and let's you espresso yourself in sumptuous style. Founders Jeremy Lyman and Paul Schlader take pride in roasting every batch of beans, making sure to capture the essence of every flavor. They also offer a menu featuring locally sourced pastry treats from gluten free gems to croissants that will blow your mind. The brand is also known for their friendly service and a sense of community. 

photo: Birch

 

La Columbe, 400 Lafayette Street (at 4th Street).

This lovely little locale is the perfect place to get caffeinated in style. The inside decor takes a clean and minimalist approach. The no frill coffee shop is a favorite for many, so get ready to wait in line. The coffee haus like no other, replete with bold brews is roasted to perfection that make the wait worthwhile. 

photo: La Columbe

 

Cafe Lalo201 W 83rd Street, #1 (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway). 

A cutesy European themed cafe with bold French posters, marble tables, and floor-to-ceiling French windows and you almost forget your in the Upper West Side. The menu features pages upon pages of gourmet coffee drinks (espressos made from Arabica and Indonesian Robusta Coffee blends), while the glass display case shows off every variety of dessert you can imagine. Fun fact: it was featured in Nora Ephron's 1998 hit You've Got Mail. 

photo: Cafe Lalo

 

 

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