V Guide: The Best Coffee Spots in New York City

V Guide: The Best Coffee Spots in New York City

Our definitive guide to the best brews in the city that never sleeps

Our definitive guide to the best brews in the city that never sleeps

If you're anything like us, coffee is a necessary diet staple. Whether you take your coffee black or prefer to thicken it up with a creamy vanilla latte, New York's plethora of coffee shops caters for all. And whilst it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of coffee, drinks and gastronomic spots NYC has to offer, there are some absolutely must-visit cafes. To make this wonderfully varied (and highly caffeinated) city a little easier to navigate, we've rounded up our favorite spots to grab a brew.

The French Block (353 W. 14th Street | Gansevoort Market)

As its name suggests, The French Block is the most authentically Parisian coffee shop to top our list. The cafe, tucked into Gansevoort Market, is a French espresso bar owned by Parisian Fabien Desgroux & Michelle Pereira serving coffee sourced from producers in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico and Rwanda. Whether you like a simple espresso, enjoy the creaminess of a cappuccino, or prefer a cold brew, they have it all. And because it wouldn’t be truly French without a treat, they also prepare fresh croissants and crepes to tempt a bit of indulgence alongside your morning cup.

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Two Hands (164 Mott St. | Little Italy)

Hidden away in a small Little Italy storefront, Two Hands serves some of the best coffee and teas around, as well as a robust café menu with modern favorites: acai bowls and avocado toast. A plethora of vegan and organic options means there's food for all if you want to hang around for brunch—which Two Hands does famously well. As for the aesthetic, the eatery contrasts rustic brick walls with polished wooden furnishings—each table topped with classic mason jars coffees are served up in. With its dreamy interior, its easy to get swept up in the puffy cotton clouds that slowly twirl above.

Ralph's Coffee (711 5th Ave., 2nd floor | Midtown)

Neatly tucked away on the second floor of the Ralph Lauren flagship store on 5th avenue, you'll find the designer's first ever cafe—and an unsuspected venture into gastronomy. Resembling both an American boathouse and Parisian bistro, the coffee shop embodies the designer's style and principals, with a line of warming drinks pulling all the strings together. When the designer first dreamed of this place, he wanted it to evoke the New York coffee shops of his youth. That its décor also recalls some of his other lifestyle inspirations is not surprising. Take a pause from the bustling crowds and grab a latte upstairs at Ralph's.

Friday morning fun

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Chalait (224 W. 4th St. | Greenwich Village)

Nestled in the heart of the West Village, this neighborhood spot combines a light and airy atmosphere with an extensive menu of green tea inspired food and drink. Chalait has made its name by serving up some of the best matcha lattes in the city, each cup topped with an enticing frothy swirls. With a healthy and hearty range, you'll be hard pushed to find a better green tea based beverage in the city. 

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The Butcher's Daughter (19 Kenmare Street |NoLita):

Healthy, happy and organic, the Butcher's Daughter offers fresh, light fare in addition to  a colorful array of juices, smoothies and coffee. This exclusively vegan spot dupes itself "a juice bar, cafe and vegetable slaughter house" and delivers every nutritionally-rich item with a sprinkle of love. The Butcher's Daughter is praised for producing the best coffee and vegan donut combo in the city, an indulgent treat without the guilt. What's more, the interior is covered with enough greenery to make you feel as though you're not in bustling NoLita, but a tucked-away café somewhere in sunny California.

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Think Coffee (Multiple locations; our favorite is at 248 Mercer St. | NoHo):

Think prides itself on its Single Source Coffee, and the trade and craft behind the brew. The perfect spot for lazy afternoons, bring a book, try a cup of their Think Blend and people watch to your heart's desire. With several locations hidden across the city, Think Coffee provides a more personally-polished alternative to larger and busier coffee chains. The ideal place to sit down and get work done with the kick of an espresso.

La Colombe (Multiple locations; our favorite is at 270 Lafayette St. | SoHo)

Expanding all the way to Chicago and D.C., La Colombe is beloved by a number of city dwellers. And, for good reason; the number of roasts offered by the store is dizzying. From Haiti to Brazil, La Colombe has selected and curated the very best blends from South America, promising unparalleled taste. With such an expansive range on offer, this is certainly the most gourmet and flavor-conscious shop of the bunch.

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Toby's Estate Coffee (160 5th Avenue | Flatiron District)

Based in Brooklyn, Toby's Estate on 5th Avenue might be one of our favorite spots. In addition to serving some seriously strong joe (try their cold brew), the coffee shop is part of a collective space with Strand (books galore!), Putnam & Putnam (one of the best floral companies in the city) and Club Monaco. Being encompassed by such a wide variety of artistic businesses means it's easy to make an afternoon event out of your next coffee shop discovery.

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Café Grumpy ( Multiple locations; our favorite is at 224 W. 20th St | Chelsea)

Cafe Grumpy, a chain of NYC coffee shops, is built on a simple yet quirky vision. Guests are invited to enjoy rich espressos settled inside cosy interiors, with home-baked goods on offer for the ultimate afternoon stop-off. The Chelsea location (our favorite spot of the bunch) allows customers to sit outside in a small patio and garden area and enjoy their iced coffee al fresco.

Credits: Cover photo: Kayla Scott (Ford Models)

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