The Best Coffee Shops in Manhattan
[ Sip and Savor: Unveiling Manhattan's Top 10 Coffee Havens ]
Manhattan is one of the most diverse cities in the whole world, thus making it a melting pot for any and every kind of food and beverage around the world. It is no surprise that the coffee industry is a staple in New York and Manhattan in particular. The heartbeat of New York City, is not only a concrete jungle but also a haven for coffee enthusiasts seeking the perfect brew. From cozy corners to bustling avenues, here are the 10 best coffee shops in Manhattan that promise to elevate your caffeine experience.
1. Stumptown Coffee Roasters (30 W 8th St)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters was born in 1999 from Portland Oregon but with huge success they have expanded to the East Coast. Opening in 2013 Nestled in Greenwich Village, Stumptown Coffee Roasters is renowned for its meticulously sourced beans and artisanal roasting techniques. The inviting aroma and skilled baristas make it a go-to spot for those who appreciate the art of coffee. A full espresso bar, drip coffee, cold brew and brew-by-the-cup offerings, it has anything your heart desires. They also offer a very solid selection of whole bean or ground coffee available for pick up in store or online. Try out their Guatemala El Injerto Pacamara. An exquisite single origin coffee bean will baste your pallet in fresh peach, sugar cane and sage! That is just one example of the rare and elegant coffee sourcing that Stumptown offers. There are two other locations in Brooklyn and at the Ace Hotel on West 29th Street in New York. You can enjoy Stumptown Coffee Roasters on the west side of the United States as well, with three locations in Portland and one in Los Angeles. Recently, they have gone global and opened a new store in Kyoto Japan in June of 2020. This is a coffee shop you will seek out every time you find yourself in New York City. Check out their coffee menu by clicking the link below.
2. Everyman Espresso (136 E 13th St)
Tucked away in the East Village, Everyman Espresso is a gem for purists seeking a flawless espresso. First opening in 2007 with a simple mission to serve the best espresso and coffee with the highest quality ingredients to the people in the communities they do business in. Coming up on their 17th anniversary Everyman Espresso has the same vision. An ongoing commitment to quality beans and precision brewing that has earned them a dedicated following of coffee connoisseurs. With top notch customer service and an aim to connect with the surrounding neighborhoods and individuals has put them on New York’s map of great coffee shops! A must visit when you are searching for some fine espresso in New York City. Click the link below to read more about their coffee selection.
3.Blue Bottle Coffee (1 Rockefeller Plaza)
With its minimalist design and commitment to single-origin coffees, Blue Bottle has become a staple in the Manhattan coffee scene. The Rockefeller Plaza location offers a serene escape amidst the city's everyday grind. Blue Bottle Coffee is devoted to creating an experience for its customers. A place that will stimulate your senses with your coffee just as food or smell will. With several different blends that will inspire and encourage you to pour yourself another cup. Blue Bottle Coffee delivers an experience that coffee lovers desire. For example, try their “Three Africas” blend, it is described as the single origin lover’s blend. Roasted medium with a slightly more floral and fruit flavor bringing you tasting notes of golden raisin, winey blueberry and lemon zest. As described on their website, “Three Africas” blend has jammy notes from natural Ethiopian, a smooth acidity from washed Ethiopian and a sweetness from Cental Africa. Your tastebuds will thank you later. Along with this special blend come many more. Blue Bottle Coffee is necessary visit for those seeking out delicious coffee in New York! Click the link below to learn more about Blue Bottle Coffee.
4. Devoción (69 Grand St)
Devoción, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, brings Colombian coffee culture to Manhattan. Known for its farm-to-cup philosophy, this coffee shop boasts a lush, plant-filled interior and a commitment to sustainability. The freshest cup of coffee is what Devoción is putting into their name and reputation. Here is how it works, first the coffee is grown and processed directly at the source in Bogotá, Colombia. Shortly, thereafter it is put on a plane and flown to the coffee shop. A few days later the beans arrive in Brooklyn and are freshly roasted and served to their customers as quickly as possible. The last step is to pour the coffee into your cup for you to enjoy only 10 days after leaving the origin. Devoción promises a 10-45 day process from origin to your cup. Most other roasteries take between 150-365 days or 5-12 months from origin to your cup. For some of the freshest coffee in New York visit one of their 5 locations, you will not be disappointed! Learn more about Devoción and how they make their coffee so fresh by clicking the link below.
5. Joe Coffee Company (405 W 23rd St)
With 20 years of coffee roasting expertise, Joe Coffee Company has established itself as a neighborhood favorite with its welcoming atmosphere and expertly brewed coffee. Joe Coffee has expanded rapidly with over 20 different locations spread throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester. They roast their beans right next store on Long Island, which makes for a super fresh cup of joe! Not only are they dedicated to sourcing the highest quality coffee beans, but making sure the growers are acting ethically and responsibly with labor and sustainability. That’s why Joe Coffee has pledged that 80% of their beans will come from the Rainforest Alliance certified producers. What this means is that the farmers use methods that back the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. Joe Coffee is all about giving back to the community. One of the must try blends is called “The Village” which is a coffee they developed to celebrate the women who contribute to the coffee industry each and every day. A single origin bean from Kenya with a fruity flavor of orange sherbert and apricot compote, it will have you savoring every sip! On your next coffee adventure in New York City make sure to grab a cup from Joe Coffee Company. Satisfying your craving for an excellent cup of coffee and giving back to all those who made it possible for you to enjoy it! See more of Joe Coffee's selection by clicking the link below.
6. La Colombe Coffee Roasters (319 Church St)
With just shy of 30 years of coffee roasting, La Colombe kicked off its journey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. La Colombe Coffee Roasters have 32 locations in 7 major US cities and don’t plan on slowing down expansion. Located in TriBeCa, La Colombe is a must-visit for its bold blends and unique coffee creations. The Draft Latte, a frothy and refreshing concoction, has become a signature drink drawing coffee aficionado’s from near and far. The canned lattes have become a huge success and shined light on La Colombe. Boasting 10 delectable flavors, their lineup is hard to beat. You can choose from double or triple lattes, mocha, vanilla, caramel, pumpkin spice, hazelnut, honeysuckle, oatmeal and oatmeal pumpkin spice lattes. Each and every one of them has a heavenly taste that is sure to have you ordering another! Don’t pass up on this coffee shop while visiting Manhattan. Check out more of La Colombe's draft latte list below.
7. Third Rail Coffee (240 Sullivan St)
A hidden gem in Greenwich Village and a staple in the community Third Rail was founded 14 years ago. Third Rail Coffee offers a no-frills coffee experience. The focus here is on simplicity and quality, making it a favorite for those who appreciate the essence of a great cup of coffee. An inviting coffee shop with a relaxing environment for those who want to kick back and enjoy a cup of coffee while studying, working or socializing. If you have the opportunity to stop in then don’t miss it. Grab a Cortado, it is half espresso and half steamed milk. Third Rail Coffee says, “Maybe our favorite drink!” I’ll say, it is maybe your next favorite after you try it. Enjoy the good vibes and coffee here. Learn more about Third Rail below.
8. Cafe Grumpy (224 W 20th St)
Independently and women owned and operated for nearly 20 years Café Grumpy is a coffee shop that you have to pop into. Sourcing and roasting their own beans since 2009 Café Grumpy is dedicated to honest relationships with whom they do business with. Everyone is welcome to come in and enjoy a cup of coffee. The Heartbreaker espresso is a fantastic blend from Colombia and Ethiopia. Flavor profiles are blackberry, amaretto and dark chocolate that can be enjoyed as an espresso or classic brewed coffee. Featured in the hit TV series "Girls," Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea lives up to its quirky name. This indie coffee shop is beloved for its rotating selection of beans and commitment to sustainability. Learn more about Cafe Grumpy and their roast selection below.
9. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters (71 Irving Pl)
Irving Farm, situated in Gramercy, is a cozy spot with a passion for ethically sourced beans. They are a wholesale coffee roastery along with being a café. Irving Farm will provide batches of their coffee beans to restaurants, specialty food stores or full-service café’s. Providing an extensive lineup of different coffee beans and roasts, it is not a surprise they have made it on the list of the top 10 best coffee shops in Manhattan. Definitely try out the Blackstrap Espresso, unlike other espresso roasts this one is a medium dark roast that makes for an exceptional drip coffee. The flavor is balanced and full bodied. Another must try coffee on their list is the Colombia Microlot Series. These beans are hand selected by individual members of the Monserrate Cooperative in Huila, Colombia. Each different roast of this series comes from a micro-mill so you are not only drinking an exclusive cup of coffee but you are also supporting a family. Savor the red fruit and chocolate flavors that you would expect from a Colombian producer. Check out more of their lineup by clicking the link below.
10. Do Not Feed Alligators (337 Bleecker St)
Located in between Union Square and the Hudson River on the West side of lower Manhattan this is a unique coffee shop. Do Not Feed Alligators is a coffee shop, book shop, wine and cocktail bar all in one. While you are stopping in for a tasty cup of cappuccino or their special espresso you can buy a book to relax your mind. The food menu is posh and the cocktails are exquisite. This is a place you will not soon forget! Make sure to try out the coffee negroni on their cocktail list. It is made with gin, mr. black coffee amaro and red vermouth. DNFA is a one of a kind place that you have to visit next time you are in NYC! For a deeper look into what they have going on here click the link below.
Embark on a caffeinated journey through Manhattan, and let these top 10 coffee shops awaken your senses to the rich and diverse world of coffee. Each sip tells a story, and in these establishments, you're sure to find a tale worth savoring. Thank you for reading and make sure to check out my website and the fun and unique products we provide for coffee enthusiasts. Have an excellent rest of your year and let’s not forget to keep on sippin in 2024! Cheers!