Getting your caffeine fix isn’t just a way to stay awake around the dreaded 3pm work slump, it’s a ritual that people take seriously… me included. Albeit a Starbucks on every corner, there are plenty of cafes that are worth you time- warm, cozy spots that offer you your morning iced coffee or after- dinner cappuccino. Here is my round up.
1) Maman
Maman is basically Instagram heaven. With their classic blue floral printed to-go coffee cups, rustic decor and ‘grammable props abound, you could spent countless hours here sipping cappuccinos, dining on delicious French fare, and filling your feed with killer shots of all the action. If you like hot chocolate, order their lavender-infused version, which is an impressive balance of rich and herbal flavors.
2) Ludlow Coffee Supply
A hip LES gem serving up rich coffee brews, flaky pastries, and other inventive breakfast goods — with a barber shop in the back to boot. Customer favorites include the bourbon vanilla latte, avocado toast, and raspberry croissant.
3) Blank Slate
This petite-sleek Nomad coffee spot serves up sweet and savory bites on top of artful bean brews. You can find us perched in the window, washing down an order of the avocado toast (drizzled in honey and a spicy sprinkle of chili flakes) with one of their creamy almond mocha lattes.
4) Happy Bones NYC
A small, local-approved gem nestled in Soho, Happy Bones dishes out craft coffee and lattes galore. Instagrammers have been known to seek out this chic yet simple spot with exposed white wash brick and marble tables — even going so far as to crown it the “best latte in NYC”. Drop in to snap your own sip.
5) Cafe MUDA
spinoff of the beloved MUD coffee truck, this cafe is nestled near downtown Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. The interior is funky wooden farmhouse meets city coffee shop — and the brews are just as eclectic. If you aren’t stopping by for a cup of Joe, then maybe one of their many craft beers with a large food menu will do the trick.
6) Culture Espresso
Who knew a cafe in Midtown West could have this much charm? Nestled near the hub bub of Penn Station is this serene little escape, with lavender walls and Parisian chandeliers. Like the rotating art exhibits on the walls, the coffee is also carefully curated and beautifully presented, and the chocolate chip cookies are the best I have ever had!
7) Everyman Espresso
My personal favorite, you will find me here at least once a day! It is my local haunt. A coffee shop know for its #vibes. It should be ever more well known for its and Cappucino and happy staff.
8) Intelligentsia
Tucked into the High Line Hotel in Chelsea, the Intelligentsia coffee shop in NYC is open to the public as well as guests.
During the summer, it has a pop-up truck in the courtyard strung with fairy lights so that you can enjoy your coffee in the outdoors.
And when the weather won’t cooperate, the permanent spot inside the lobby has old-world design touches and excellent LA-roasted coffee.
9) Blue Bottle
A San Francisco institution, Blue Bottle expanded to the East Coast so you can get their coffee in NYC with locations in Chelsea and Williamsburg.
Known for their sugary-sweet New Orleans iced coffee and excellent pour-over options, Blue Bottle is the purist’s choice for the baristas’ encyclopedic coffee knowledge.
10) Stumptown
Originally from Portland, Ore., Stumptown delights coffee aficionados in NYC through its evolving single-origin coffees from producers all over the world, including South America, East Africa, and Indonesia. Known for its cappuccinos at its cafes, its popular Hair Bender blend is now available on nitro in cans at all locations.

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