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17 Best Specialty Coffee Shops in NYC

Coffee isn’t a drink for me. It’s a way of life! The simplest of all luxuries is a well-crafted latte, and, call me biased, but the best place to experience this luxury is nowhere other than New York City. Every time I leave New York, the only thing I miss is the taste of a warm latte on a sunny morning, giving me the energy I need to face the city.

I don’t know what it is, but coffee just tastes better in New York. Here are my absolute favorite spots to go for the NY coffee experience!

Intelligentsia Coffee NYC, Specialty Coffee Shops in New York

Here is where to get specialty coffee in NYC!

Uptown Manhattan

Upper East Side

For the best coffee on the Upper East Side, head to 787 Coffee. 228 E 80th Street

Oslo serves up hot and cold coffee using its own roast on the Upper East Side. 422 E 75th Street

Upper West Side

Snacks and small bites accompany some of the best Upper West Side coffee you’ll have! 274 Columbus Avenue

Midtown Manhattan


Not far from Grand Central Train Station is Company Culture Coffee. 43 E 43rd Street

Felix is an adorable specialty coffee top that looks straight out of a turn-of-the-century romance novel. They also have a delicious menu, making it the perfect breakfast spot in Midtown East! 450 Park Avenue South (at 31st St)


Culture Espresso is a reliable coffee shop with several locations in midtown Manhattan. 72 W 38th St (at 6th Ave)

Blank Street Coffee is a chain coffee shop with several locations around midtown Manhattan. Go there for a no-frills minimalist interior and a strong cup of joe. 295 5th Avenue

Blank Street Specialty Coffee Shops NYC_IMG_5968

Downtown Manhattan

Here are the best downtown Manhattan coffee shops for artisanal coffee!


Intelligentsia is a Chelsea specialty coffee shop inside an old and classically New York hotel. This is my favorite place to go for coffee because it’s such an old-world experience! With vintage furniture and a typewriter on the table, the experience is divine. 180 10th Avenue

Intelligentsia Coffee NYC, Specialty Coffee Shops in New York

Union Square

I came to the City of Saints coffee shop by chance since it’s near a friend’s apartment and it’s adorable! 79 E 10th Street

City of Saints Coffee in NYC, Specialty Coffee Shops in New York

Greenwich Village

Stumptown is an industrial-chic NY coffeehouse you must try. 30 West 8th Street

East Village

Third Rail is your best option for a casual coffee in the East Village! 159 2nd Ave


La Colombe is the perfect place to grab some coffee before walking around the beautiful neighborhood of Nolita. 270 Lafayette Street

Little Italy

This bright Australian cafe is an Instagram favorite for Aussie-style coffee and yummy brunch options. 164 Mott Street


Ground Support is the perfect place for a coffee break after taking in the beauty and fun of West Broadway in Soho. 399 W Broadway


You wouldn’t guess it but the Swedes know their coffee. Fika is a Scandinavian coffee shop in New York. The Tribeca location is my favorite to visit for its minimal decor and delicious treats. 450 Washington Street

Fika Coffee in New York, Specialty Coffee Shops in NYC


Brooklyn has some amazing specialty coffee shops to try!


With locations all over the city, Toby’s Estate is a New York classic, but my favorite location is the one in Williamsburg, where the ultra-cool kids hang out! 125 N 6th St, Brooklyn

Honorable Mentions: Blue Bottle, Think Coffee & Joe Coffee – These are some coffee chains that will give you reliable coffee!

Hope you enjoyed this list of the best specialty coffee shops in New York!

Did I miss any of your favorites?

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