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Top 5 coffee shops in New York City

Monday, March 17th, 2008

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

2. M.Rohr’s

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)

4. Tisserie

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.

Photo of coffee cups originally posted by visualpanic

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  1. alison dubin says:
    March 18th, 2008 at 14:27

    Greenwich Village which once had a big Italian population has old coffee cafes. I’m not certain how many are still in business. I encountered many of these in the 80′s.

    The stand-out for me is Cafe Reggio on MacDougal St., a few blocks south of Washington Square. I think it’s been around since the 20′s. It has charming, raffish, old world ambiance. They serve the various styles of Italian coffee and pastries. They also have a selection of loose leaf teas. I’m sure they are still there.

    There’s also Veniero’s on East 11th St and Cafe Lalo on the upper west side. In fact, there are plenty of places in NYC which are more comfortable & interesting than Starbuck’s. I’ve wondered why they are so popular. The only advantage I can see is they are so ubiquitous.

  2. moi says:
    April 21st, 2008 at 22:13

    In response to Alison Dublin’s comment of 3/18/08 about NYC coffee shops, Yes, Cafe Reggio is great. That would be my idea of a perfect coffee shop still, and I haven’t been in it for over 5 years. I remember one called Dante Cafe in NYC that served perfect espresso and delicious treats. It’s still around ( After visiting Rome this past summer, Dante Cafe was so much like the Italian coffee shops in atmosphere, really a great place to go. I don’t ‘get’ the obsession with Starbucks and I live in Seattle! Yes, Starbucks is ‘consistently’ good and the same in almost every store, they look similar, too. So for people who don’t like change or something ‘new’ it’s perfect. For the rest of us, give us some coffee shops with soul. The demise of Starbucks will be it’s greedy sameness, and I think it’s already started to decline in some cities here in the U.S. the novelty has worn off.

  3. anjeeta says:
    April 21st, 2008 at 22:19

    Thats so true what you say about Starbucks..I moved to NYC two years ago and hardly ever visit one current favorite is M.Rohrs, especially now in the spring when you can sit under the skylight in the back room and have a chinwag with a friend over a cuppa and some delicious brownie time you are in nyc you have to check it out..

  4. Alfred says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 22:14

    I live on 87th Street and I’ve never seen any of these. I need to start paying more attention.

  5. Wooden Ship says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 02:19

    I found your post via Bing, but I’m going to absolutely be digging into the other pages to find out how many other gems you have covered in there. Keep up the good work!

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