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Posted: Nov 12, 2021
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By: Sara Kahn

New York's Essential Coffee Shops

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  • nyc
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Coffee shops and cafes where the ambiance is as good as the brew (and vice versa).

01

Culture Espresso

72 W 38th St (at 6th Ave), New York, NY 10018

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Since 2009, Culture Espresso has operated with one mission: to serve the highest quality coffee to New Yorkers. As the name implies, they're known for their espresso. Swap your usual Starbs order for Culture and don't miss out on their award-winning chocolate chip cookies either.

02

Cafe Con Libros

724 Prospect Pl (Rogers Ave), New York, NY 11216-3602

Cafe Con Libros

Cafe Con Libros quite literally translates to coffee with books. This spot, however, is so much more. Created with the intention of being a place where womxn could form community and feel “centered, affirmed, and celebrated,” Cafe Con Libros offers events and most importantly platforms for womxn to be heard.

03

Devoción Café

276 Livingston St (at Bond St), Brooklyn, NY 11217

Devoción Café

276 Livingston St (at Bond St), Brooklyn, NY 11217

Yes, we get it. There's basically one coffee shop for every corner in Brooklyn, but...how many times can you say that visiting your local café has made you feel like you've entered some sort of tropical oasis? At Devoción, where 18-foot floor-to-ceiling windows provide light to a veritable tropical rainforest-- that's exactly what you'll experience. This spot buys coffee cherries direct from Colombian farms, and once the beans are dry-milled and Fedexed stateside, they’re roasted within 10 to 30 days of their peak ripeness. And if you're feeling like trying something new, we recommend the sparkling cascara on tap, made from coffee fruit.

04

Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters

159 Freeman St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Walk into Sweetleaf on a given day of the week, and you'll find freelancers, first dates, bookworms, and everything in between. The cold brew is strong, the vibes are warm-industrial, and the brick is exposed. Everything you need.

05

The Coffee Spot

7th Ave & 14th St, New York, NY 10011

The Coffee Spot

Caribbean flavor meets Parisian cafe vibes, Coffee Spot is owned and operated by Nailah — “mommy, CEO, and HBIC.” Born and raised in Crown Heights, Nailah opened her coffee shop in a neighborhood where she is known, and one to which she is happy to give back. Her small business supports other small businesses, serving specialty teas from Bellocq Tea Atelier in Greenpoint, sweet pastries from King Street Baking Co., and breakfast tacos from King David Tacos. It’s the coffee shop that keeps giving.

06

Rex

864 10th Ave (btwn W 56th & W 57th St), New York, NY 10019

Rex

864 10th Ave (btwn W 56th & W 57th St), New York, NY 10019

Operating since 2013, Rex Coffee has kept the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood afloat with its selection of caffeinated drinks and specialty sandwiches. Lunch specials change daily, but are consistently innovative and tasty. Plus it's close to the Hudson River-- weather-permitting, take your brekkie to go and enjoy your coffee with a side of waterfront views.

07

Topos Bookstore Cafe

788 Woodward Ave (at Putnam Ave), Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Topos Bookstore Cafe is a Ridgewood staple that brings its patrons the perfect combination of books and coffee. Unassuming from the outside, upon entry, you'll be greeted by an assortment of mostly used and some new books, a coffee bar, and a selection of tables at which you can post up for hours. Get cozy with a good book indoors or out, knowing you're in good company amongst fellow book nerds.

08

SEY Coffee

18 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

SEY Coffee

With hanging plants, an open white space reflecting natural light, and wood-detailing throughout, SEY feels more like a spa than a cafe. Make no mistake though, the coffee here is exceptional. They're actually a micro-roastery, meaning everything you drink is roasted in-house.

09

Porto Rico Importing Co.

201 Bleecker St (btw 6th & MacDougal), New York, NY 10012

Porto Rico Importing Co.

201 Bleecker St (btw 6th & MacDougal), New York, NY 10012

The Longo Family has owned and run Porto Rico Importing Co. since 1958. With additional locations including the East Village, Lower East Side and Williamsburg, this coffee spot has a strong hold on NYC -- and for good reason. With over 130 varieties of coffee from 28 countries, and its own warehouse and roasting plant in Brooklyn, patrons can look forward to everything from a classic cup of coffee to a rare bag of espresso beans. It's important to note there's no actual seating area in this shop, but if you're looking for NY's best beans or just a cup on the go, a visit to Porto Rico is a must.

10

Plowshares Coffee

1351 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

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For over a decade, this Harlem coffee spot has thrived due to its dedication, pride, and consistency in its buying and roasting practices. The coffee here speaks for itself-- brewed to perfection and expertly fused with the creaminess of the milk of your choosing. The interior is the perfect spot for a good hang, with lots of natural light, plants, wood and brick walls, and a crowd of creative New Yorkers.

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