The Best Coffee Shops in NYC

While there are quite a few people in NYC who are considered caffeine addicted, and they don’t care where their java comes from, there are others who prefer to purchase the best of the best. Some of the best coffee shops you can find in NYC are highlighted here.


If you would like the way you order coffee to be similar to how you order a high-end cocktail, then you definitely need to pay a visit to Stumptown. Expresso and drop are just two of the brewing options at this unique coffee bar. You can also choose from Bee House, Chemex, Filtron, Hario V60, Kalita Wave, Vacuum Pot, AutoPress, French Press and more. If you get a bit confused with all the options, donít worry, the baristas, who are more like your concierge professionals, will help you fully enjoy your coffee experience.

La Colombe

Even though you will find five different locations of La Colombe in NYC, this is not just another sub-par chain. This is pretty evident when you pay them a visit and see the long lines of repeat customers waiting for their daily cup of Joe. Offering bottled cold brews, cortados and lattes, you will also find a number of delicious pastries and savory treats. Everything is made to order, so you can feel confident your drink and treat will be fresh and delicious.

Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle is actually a global brand and has shops in New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and more. You can walk into any location all over the world and find yourself in a completely white room that is full of marble table tops, the blue bottle logo and beans that are roasted less than 48 hours ago. There are a number of pour over stations that provide made-to order drip coffee and a number of snack items including sweets, cookies and ham and cheese baguettes.


If you frequent the neighborhoods that Birch is located in, such as UES, SoHo, Flatiron or UWS, you know that the brand serves up some of the best coffee in the area, not to mention serving some of the best slices of cake as well. The beans are source from Asia, South America and Africa and the roast created is truly magical. In addition to superior tasting coffee, you will also likely love the Birch environment. While the shops are somewhat small, they offer an entirely free library and conversation starters that you can post to your table.

Queens Kickshaw

Found in Astoria, this coffee shop offers one of the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches you will ever find in the city. However, if you pair this sandwich with the Counter Culture coffee, the results truly are amazing. While Queens Kickshaw is more of an eatery than coffee shop, the communal atmosphere and specialty coffee make it worth a try if you are in the neighborhood.

There are more than a few coffee joints in NYC, take some time to try a few to find one that suits your tastes. Explore the options beyond Starbucks, you may be surprised at what you find.