In the last decade New York, along with many other cities around the world, have experienced a new shake up in terms of coffee culture. While there are well-known American chains that can be found all over the world, the New York coffee culture has moved away from the corporate giants, putting its emphasis on select coffees. These coffees are usually obtained through fair trade and from organic grains, which are ground at the time for each cup of coffee. This so-called third wave of coffee has opened the way to small and cosy coffee shops in the neighbourhood, where baristas know customers by name.
These coffee shops not only serve an incredible coffee, but also offer people a quiet place to work, a great place to read or a place to hang out with friends (as always did the distribution of Friends in Central Perk). In the last two years, coffee establishments have sprung up all over the city and there are literally too many to choose from. For that reason, we have compiled a list of the 10 best coffee shops in New York, focusing on specialized coffee shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We hope you find it useful in your visit to the city!
1. Brooklyn Roasting Company
Brooklyn Roasting Company, another staple of Brooklyn, offers a fantastic selection of organic and fair trade coffees. The first of its coffee shops is located in an old warehouse, just one block from the East River and the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. This spacious cafeteria is furnished with recycled and reused materials, making it a pleasure to spend some time inside with a delicious cup of coffee. You will also find a wonderful park between Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge, just two blocks from the cafeteria, so on a hot day you can order a coffee (ice cream) to take and enjoy in the park, with incredible views of the skyline of Manhattan.
2. Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle comes from California, but now has five locations in New York. They all serve the latest coffee you can find in the Big Apple. Your secret? They use a drip filtration method to prepare each cup. Blue Bottle’s flagship coffee shop is at Williamsburg on Berry Street and 5th Street and Chelsea’s at 16th Street and 10th Avenue, it’s great too and it’s on the High Line! The High Line is a magnificent elevated park built on an old railway line. This green space is ideal for a walk and offers a splendid view of the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan, including the Empire State Building. Make a stop in the middle of your walk through the High Line to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or an espresso. Your New Orleans ice cream is a real treat on a hot day.
Think values the fair trade of coffee and takes the trouble to travel to the source from which the coffee comes to build a relationship with each farmer. As a result, they can tell you exactly where each coffee brand comes from! It has six locations in Manhattan, and each offers something different. The NoHo on Bleecker Street and Bowery has a cosy atmosphere and many places to sit. Both American and hot chocolate are absolutely delicious. There is also a Think cafeteria inside the library of the University of New York (NYU) in Mercer Street and 3rd Street. It is a popular place among students, with a friendly atmosphere and is also the ideal place to buy some books or products from the NYU.
4. Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, founded by Duane Sorenson in 1999, has helped revolutionize US coffee shops. This brand is known for personally visiting its coffee producers, creating lasting relationships with their suppliers.They toast the coffee themselves, which you can notice without a doubt in the taste of their delicious hot coffees and ice cream. They currently have two locations in New York: one on 29th Street and Broadway and one on 8th Street and MacDougal Street. The second one is bigger and, in addition, they offer tasting courses!