New Yorkers like most Americans enjoy their cup of coffee or cup of ‘Joe’ as they call it. Branches of American coffee chains Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are ubiquitous at almost every street corner. However when visiting New York you might want to eschew these run of the mill coffee spots and try one of New York City’s many unique cafés for an energizing and invigorating cup of tea or coffee in the midst of your busy shopping or sightseeing schedule while visiting this often frantic city.
1. Alice’s Tea Cup
Alice’s Tea Cup is a charming café in Manhattan, which seems to be straight out of the popular fairy tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This family-friendly café has a special tea menu for children called the ‘wee’ tea which features many varieties of scones served with preserves and clotted cream as well as finger sandwiches. Adults also relish the many different varieties of tea sourced from all over the world which are served hot or iced depending on your choice. Alice’s Tea Cup has three locations in New York City.
Address: 102 West 73rd Street
If however you prefer a café which has a choice of coffee and tea as well as some delectable hot chocolate you might want to head to one of the oldest coffee houses in New York which was opened in 1896 by Mary Rohr. The café is named after its founder and has a distinct shabby chic décor which includes distressed furniture and a lot of New York memorabilia. At M.Rohr’s there are several varieties of traditional and specialty coffees on offer in addition to many exotic teas. The hot chocolate when accompanied by a slice of moist chocolate cake is a perfect mood enhancer .This quaint café also sells assorted pastries, Mexican wedding cookies and tea and coffee in bulk quantities.
Address: 344 East 84th Street
3. Buttercup Bake Shop
A trip to New York is not complete without a sampling of a New Yorker’s favorite desert, a yummy colorful frosting topped cup cake. Though they are numerous locations to have a cup cake in New York City, Buttercup Bake Shop which has two locations in the city on the East Side and the West Side is one of the best bakery café to enjoy an ideal pick me up consisting of a coffee and a cup cake. Of all the cup cakes on offer at this old fashioned bakery, New Yorkers seem to like the Red Velvet cup cake the best. A number of traditional American layer cakes and deserts are also available at the bakery.
Address:141 West 72nd Street and 973 2nd Avenue (51st and 52nd Streets)
If you are craving coffee and cake and are in the vicinity of the New York’s historic Union Square area you might want to step into a relatively new Venezuelan Bakery called ‘Tisserie’ which serves many mouth watering cakes, pastries, tarts and cold sandwiches along with a variety of coffees. The cakes and pastries at this bakery are made from the finest grade of Venezuelan cocoa and are utterly delicious.
Address: 857 Broadway
5. Café Angélique
Café Angelique located in the fashionable area of the West Village is yet another New York café which offers a variety of coffees and teas served in an ambiance which is lively and perfect for people watching. At this French style café patrons enjoy the many different croissants, muffins and deserts as well as the beverage menu which features a variety of lattes, teas and coffees.
Address: 68 Bleecker Street
An afternoon spent at one of these unique New York cafés is an experience which should not be missed during your New York City sojourn.
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