16 of the Best Coffee Shops in NYC for a Great Cup of Joe

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Throw a pebble from your doorstep and you’ll likely hit a coffee shop. With so many to choose from in New York it can take you a while before you find one you truly enjoy. Sure, you can go the safe route and stop into a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts on the way to work (guilty), but there are plenty of others worth trying nearby!

If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee in NYC, here are 16 of the best you should check out:
Astoria Coffee

30-04 30th St, Astoria


A local coffee shop with a friendly staff, Astoria Coffee is perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Take it to go or stay a while and enjoy the natural light that floods the shop through their large windows.

Birch Coffee

Locations in Manhattan & Long Island City


You can count on Birch Coffee to have the perfect vibe for any occassion—whether you want to relax with a good book or work on a group project, this a go-to spot you can count on. It should be noted they’re a bit pricier than other shops, but the Kyoto drip iced coffee is a must try!

Blue Bottle

Locations in Manhattan & Brooklyn


You’ve probably been to a Blue Bottle location before since there are plenty across the city. They offer various coffees from all over the world that they’ll make in front of you at their pour-over bar.

Cafe Grumpy

Locations in Manhattan & Brooklyn


A neighborhood cafe that began in Greenpoint, Cafe Grumpy is a great local spot for your daily cup of joe.

City of Saints

79 E 10th St


With a location in Williamsburg and one in the East Village, City of Saints is a somewhat-hidden gem when it comes to a delicious brew! They offer flavors like matcha and lavendar agave lattes, but make an amazing cold brew, too.

Coffee Project

239 E 5th St


You may have had a deconstructed cocktail at some point, but have you ever had a deconstructed cup of coffee? Everything will be given to you separately and you can build your own coffee for yourself! Fancy.

Culture Espresso

Locations in Midtown Manhattan


If you work in the midtown area this is a perfect spot for a great cup of drip coffee, a cortado, and some freshly baked goodies.


69 Grand St, Brooklyn


Devoción is a coffee roaster that gets their beans directly from Bogota, Colombia. The shop is spacious, the prices won’t break the bank, and the espresso is delicious. Need we say more?

Everyman Espresso

Locations in Manhattan & Park Slope


Get your caffeine fix through pour-overs, espressos, or AeroPress at Everyman Espresso.

Ground Support

399 West Broadway

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A cozy coffee shop in SoHo that isn’t packed with tourists (usually). Ground Support is ideal for a quick cup to-go or a casual midday meeting.


214 E 10th St


Hi-Collar is an interesting coffee shop that’s well worth a try. It’s a small “Western-inspired Japanese cafe” that offers siphon coffee and lunch options, as well as a sake menu by night.


180 10th Ave, at Highline Hotel

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For a quality cup of coffee you can count on the coffee chat Intelligentsia. In NYC, however, the company only has one location—the Highline Hotel in Chelsea.

La Colombe

Locations in Manhattan


The coffee here is so good that, although there are several locations in Manhattan, they all seem to stay packed! If you don’t mind waiting a line, La Colombe is definitely worth the wait.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Greenwich Village & Ace Hotel NY


If you’re in Greenwich Village or Flatiron, stop into Stumptown Coffee Roasters for your dose of caffeine. Being a hotel, the Ace Hotel location brings in all sorts of people and is a great place to hang out, enjoy a fresh brew, and possibly meet new people.

Toby’s Estate Coffee

Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, & Long Island City


A stylish coffee shop, Toby’s Estate Coffee is a great spot for any occassion. You can also take classes here for latte art and brewing, regardless of what level of experience you have.

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