Is there anything better than finding a new favourite coffee spot? Personally, an oat flat white is my coffee of choice, which can be difficult to get right, without the right oat milk *ahem, I only have eyes for oatly*, so when I find a spot that gets it right, they’re a keeper. Other factors which determine a great café for me include: non intimidating (I don’t have time or emotional capacity to worry about if you’re judging my cool levels), chic décor, good food. In New York there are SO many incredible locally run and independent coffee shops that there’s no excuse to find yourself in a *he who must not be named* café. So sit back, enjoy the coffee and good vibes – and be sure to let me know your favourite spots to get a cup of joe in New York!
Where: Kenmare Street
If you want brunch and coffee: go to Charley Street. Go now. Order the naughty eggs. I was dubious when they said it came with plant-based chorizo, but I was wrong and I promise I’ll never be dubious again. Also, they have avocado wall paper in the toilets – if the food, amazing service and coffee weren’t enough reasons for you – surely avocado wallpaper on your Instagram feed is?
Where: Broome Street
An ice oat latte from Happy Bones tastes like biscuits. You might not think you need your coffee to taste like biscuits, but you’re wrong. This coffee shop is minimalistic and friendly, think white brick walls and surf boards. And the coffee is delicious.
Where: Roebling Street
Imagine being surrounded by plants and watching someone craft, with the most care I have ever seen I might add, your perfect coffee. Honestly – it was like watching an artist at work. Tasted delicious too, which always helps. Take it to go and wander the streets of Brooklyn, while pointing out all of the buildings you would like to move into, if you’re anything like me.
Where: Mulberry Street
If sustainability, pretty coffees and all around cute vibes are your thing, then head to Urban Backyard. We grabbed a coffee and a seat at the window one morning and planned our day, it was tranquil and tucked away in the chaos of the heart of Little Italy.
Black Brick Coffee
Where: Bedford Avenue
If I lived in Brooklyn, I’m next to certain that Black Brick would be my local. They have a mixed atmosphere of people tapping away on laptops, and laptop free zones where you’re encouraged to talk to each other – who’d have thought it. It’s such a friendly spot, very dark and cosy decor.
Stand Coffee @ Smorgasburg
Where: East River State Park (Saturdays)
Smorgasburg is the biggest weekly outdoor food market in the US, and is held in Brooklyn. Whenever I go to Smorgasburg, first thing is first: a coffee from Stand Coffee. One of the best ways to enjoy a coffee in New York, is to grab one from Stand, and then head down through the East River State Park and enjoy the view of Manhattan. It’s truly a magical experience.
Since I last left New York I have seen more places I want to try which look like contenders for the list, but they shall have to wait until next time. If you’re looking for coffee in New York, try these spots and let me know what you think, and be sure to send me your recommendations!
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