Italy may be the spiritual home of coffee, but New York is definitely its holiday home. Throughout the Big Apple, cafes and coffee shops are innovating and experimenting with new flavors and styles of service.
Whether you’re looking for a quick pit stop or somewhere to while away the hours with a constant supply of coffee, these five exceptional New York cafes have a lot to offer.
1. McNally Jackson Books Cafe
Modern coffee shops and cafes can look a little formulaic, but this certainly doesn’t apply to McNally Jackson Books Cafe on Prince Street. The coffee here is the stuff of legend, and an impressive selection of classic coffee shop snacks makes this place perfect for a quick brunch or a working lunch. But the real charm of this place comes from its huge selection of books. Browse the selection, make a few purchases or simply drink in the atmosphere. And make sure you keep checking the schedule of guest speakers — many of whom are acclaimed novelists.
2. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
Standing proudly in the shadow of Orchard Street’s historic buildings, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters is a coffee drinker’s dream destination. Choose from an unrivalled selection of gourmet coffees, many of which are roasted on the premises. While the cafe itself is cozy, the scope of this place is simply staggering. If you’re someone who likes to try as many different single-origin coffees as possible, this is the place to be.
3. The Roost
The Roost is a well-known cafe located in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village. Characterized by its luxurious leather sofas and its real fireplace, this coffee-drinking joint boasts a city-wide reputation for a great cup of joe. Not only that, the made-on-premises pastries from Balthazar are to die for. During office hours, The Roost is abuzz with activity — mainly involving professionals working in the offices nearby. But after five, this charming eatery becomes a popular nightspot. Most people shift from great coffee to great draft beer (there are 16 to choose from).
Located in the heart of New York’s Meatpacking District, Maman is a cafe with a difference. This hugely popular cafe wouldn’t look out of place in the French Riviera, thanks to its blue tiled floors, whitewashed walls and rustic decor. The chefs and baristas at Maman like to do things a little differently, which perhaps explains the lavender-infused hot chocolate and the largest range of fresh quiches you’ll find anywhere in the city. A trip to this wonderful little eatery isn’t just a culinary experience; it’s a chance to capture some great photos for your Instagram account.
5. Coffee Project
One of the most common criticisms aimed at modern coffee shops is their cookie-cutter approach to coffee, food and decor. If you’re looking for a cafe that doesn’t conform to popular culture, Coffee Project on East 5th Street should be at the top of your “must-visit” list. Think of this as a cocktail bar for the coffee-lover. Whether you choose the deconstructed latte with caramel wafer or a creamy glass of nitro coffee, quality and attention to detail are assured. And don’t be afraid to ask your barista/mixologist questions, as there’s a serious amount of knowledge on display here.
A visit to one or all of these amazing New York cafes should be on your agenda the next time you pay a visit to the Big Apple. And to help you plan, utilize Gosur’s huge range of travel resources to ensure you don’t miss a thing.