I am a coffee addict and spend more money on coffee than one probably should. On the bright side, that means I have tried a ton of different coffee shops here in New York City. I have narrowed it down to my top five favorite caffeinated drinks. Would love to hear about any other coffee spots to check out!
Culture Espresso happens to be a block away from my office (on 38th and 6th), which is how I first heard about this funky espresso bar. I went in because I had heard that they had the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. While the cookies truly are UNBELIEVABLE (they are HUGE and are served warm & gooey), this espresso bar also has a really good cup of plain old drip coffee. The graphic and interior design of this shop makes it a really charming spot considering it is in midtown.
Third Rail Coffee is located in the East Village on 10th and 2nd. It is just a block from my apartment and happens to be on my way to work. My morning routine usually consists of stopping here to get a cup of their cold brew iced coffee, which is fantastic, but not my favorite item on their menu. My favorite drink here is the Cortado. It has the perfect espresso & milk ratio and is always topped with beautiful foam art. They also sell a variety of delicious pastries, including the unique donut flavors from Doughnut Plant.
I initially went into FIKA because I was intrigued by the name. Turns out, the Swedish word Fika [fee:kah] translates to "taking a coffee break to indulge in the ritual of conversation, often accompanied by something sweet or savory." This shop has a variety of sweet and savory indulgences, from their Chocolate boxes (which are almost too beautiful to eat), to their signature Lingonberry spread. I personally love their cold brew iced coffee the best, especially with a little bit of soy milk!
I went into Intelligentsia for the first time with my mom when she came in for lunch one day. We had walked over to the brand new Urban Outfitters in Herald Square where this coffee shop was located. It has great coffee, a nice ambiance, and is three blocks from my office, so I knew I would be back for more. They only have one other location at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. Although I have tried a bunch, my favorite drink here was their cappuccino, probably one of the best I have had in the city. I found a great little video of the Barista at Intelligentsia making his work of art, check it out here!
I was so excited when they opened a Blue Bottle Coffee shop near Bryant Park. I now go there all the time to get their New Orleans Iced Coffee. I don't usually put sugar or sweetener in my coffee, so I thought it might be a little too sweet for me, since the coffee is brewed with chicory root and sugar cane. I was pleasantly surprised however, because this was one of the most delicious cups of iced coffee I have ever had. They put just the right amount of sugar cane, the perfect amount of whole milk, and that boost of caffeine you need in the morning as well! Blue Bottle also has an amazing pastry chef, Caitlin Freeman, who creates desserts that showcase modern works of art (Think: Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, etc).