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Java Joints To Get You Jivin’ — 5 great places for coffee all around the city

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2016

Coffee is life—plain and simple. Here in New York City, you’re never far from a Starbucks. But if you’re willing to hunt a little, you’ll find some amazing coffee shops where the baristas will know your name and order every time you come in. You’ll genuinely think you’re in coffee heaven drinking any one of the brews from these five cafes.


  1. Birch Coffee

Flatiron, West Village, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Murray Hill, Long Island City, Financial District, and South Bronx

Birch Coffee feels like a “home away from home.” It offers a library, and there are also conversation starters available to place on your table so you can meet new people— both of which create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. And if you’re a java junkie looking to expand your knowledge or impress your friends, Birch Coffee offers barista training, brewing, and cupping classes. P.S. their cold brew is to die for if you’re into richer, darker flavors.

Little Collins

  1. Little Collins

667 Lexington Ave.

Do a Google search of “Australia” and “coffee” and you’ll quickly find that the land down under has some of the best in the world. Luckily, Little Collins, a coffee shop named after a Melbourne street chock-full of cafes and boutiques, brings a little of Australia’s legendary coffee here for New Yorkers to fall in love with. Try the flat white—an espresso based drink—when you visit to kick your morning into high gear, or offer that afternoon pick-me-up you so desperately need to make it through the rest of your day.

Toby's Estate

  1. Toby’s Estate

Brooklyn, Flatiron, West Village, Vanderbilt Market

You’ve probably heard of flights of wine or beer, but have you heard of flights of coffee? Toby’s Estate offers up a three-coffee flight where you can taste different flavors to see what you like (or don’t like). It’s also a great option if you can’t make a decision to save your life. The Guatemalan blend, with hints of chocolate, almond, and pomegranate, is my personal favorite.

Cafe lalo

  1. Café Lalo

201 West 83rd St.

There are some days where you’d rather be anywhere other than where you are—Paris, perhaps? Café Lalo is honestly the next best thing, capturing the Parisian vibe both inside and out with floor to ceiling French windows and vintage posters. You can sip a café au lait while working on your laptop or pretend you’re Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail. Both are pretty good options.

Hungry Ghost

  1. Hungry Ghost

NYU Tisch, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene  

They say that strangers are friends you haven’t met yet. The Hungry Ghost takes this proverb pretty seriously, boasting a large communal table to make getting to know people that much easier. Their house brand, Stumptown, is supplied by their facility in Red Hook and is a medium roast that is a delicious combination of sweetness and acidity.



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