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November 25, 2013

New York coffee shops

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I was in New York for my first time last week, and went to a lot of different coffee shops,  mostly good ones!  Rather than try and write lots of individual reviews, I just wanted to give brief details of each, as much for my own future reference as anything else.

So in no particular order:

El Rey Coffee Bar

100 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

A cute little coffee bar in the Lower East Side near the Bowery, an area full of similar great coffee shops.

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Brooklyn Roasting Company

25 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This is the largest coffee shop I think I’ve been in.  Also the first I’ve seen that sell their own t-shirts, mugs, beanie hats and, er, swimming caps!

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Bowery Coffee

89 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

Another cute little coffee shop near the Bowery with old-school decor.

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Sweetleaf

10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

Just a few minutes down the road from the now-defunct 5Pointz graffiti hall-of-fame (which was the only reason I was out here).  A quirky and nice little café.

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Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

88 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Orchard Street seemed to be full of interesting little bars, shops and cafés.  Indeed many of the coffee shops (including this one) seemed to double-up as bars in the evening, something that we don’t seem to really do in London.

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Little Fox Cafe

62 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Didn’t quite live up to what I was expecting for some reason, another small café that also served as a bar later in the day.  Apparently famous for its latte art, my latte was distinctly average.  Also the barista who served us didn’t know what a flat white was (most of the artisan coffee shops seemed aware of it, as you’d expect).

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Oro Bakery & Bar

375 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

Yet another café/bar, doing some nice breakfasts.  I had toast with a thick layer of salted grapefruit marmalade, yum!

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Blue Bottle Coffee

160 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This was in quite a cool area in Williamsburg with lots of nice shops, cafés and restaurants.  The barista threw away her first attempt at my latte, for no obvious reason (seemed acceptable to me), before letting her colleague make me another one.

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The Butcher’s Daughter

19 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012

This brilliantly-titled juice bar and café caught my eye (apart from the name) because they had a Faema espresso machine on their counter.  The coffee was good; the sandwich I had (a Reuben I think) was delicious!

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Laughing Man Coffee & Tea

1 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282

This place was founded by Hugh Jackman!  This branch is in the ground floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange building, very close to the Irish Hunger Memorial.  Surprisingly good coffee.

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3 Comments »

  1. That’s a long list of places for me to visit the next time I’m in New York!

    Comment by briancoffeespot — December 12, 2013 @ 12:57 am | Reply

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