16 ESSENTIAL COFFEE SHOPS IN
Although the vibe and offerings differ at each, one thing is guaranteed: excellent coffee, made by baristas who know what they’re doing.
Ost Cafe – East Village
There’s a regular stream of regulars who come through for a takeaway coffee in the morning, and their interaction with the baristas is great for people-watching.
Oslo – Brooklyn
There isn’t any wifi, but there’s always a New York Times on the communal table and usually a group of Brooklyn old timers hashing about the good old days.
Happy Bones – SoHo
Happy Bones exploded in Instagram fame by featuring adorable leopard print espresso spoons: too popular in fact, in that people stole all the spoons.
Sweatshop – Brooklyn
Sweatshop is a compact but thoughtfully-laid-out café is the front for the design studio that operates out of the back; at this laid-back spot, Australian designers double as baristas.
Intelligentsia – Chelsea
During the summer, it has a pop-up truck in the courtyard strung with fairy lights so that you can enjoy your coffee
en plein air
Stonefruit Espresso – Brooklyn
My personal favorite element is the travel nook in the back, with a giant globe and a book exchange—although a close second is the upstate apple cider available hot or cold in the fall.
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