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This Philadelphia-based coffee company has three locations in Manhattan: one in Tribeca, one in SoHo (at 270 Lafayette St), as well as one in NoHo. La Colombe values simplicity; so much so that they don't even have a menu. The top priority here is coffee, and nothing else. There's no Wi-Fi, no merchandise, and no lunch foods. Luckily, the coffee delivers on all fronts, and is a favorite among New Yorkers for its rich flavor and low price.
Ferrara claims to be America's first espresso bar, and whether it is or it is not, patrons can agree that it has been around for a long time. And despite whether they are first, second or third, the quality and quantity of their desserts and espresso merit acclaim. Since 1892, this pastry shop has been serving patrons delicious dolci and even amidst the hustle and bustle of modernity outside, this place still transports you to another era while inside.
The brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur Lars Akerlund, this little cafe in the Financial District specializes in brewing 100% sourced Arabica beans for its espresso and roasting them at a century old roaster based in Sweden. They use a slow-roasting method which allows for the beans to express themselves without a bitter or burnt aftertaste. Each barista masterfully learns to brew a cup at the right temperature and the knows just the right time allowed to do so. If you can't make it to this location in Lower Manhattan, Fika has shops all over the city.
This well-known coffeehouse chain from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest has invaded the LES with its much vaunted farm direct and fair trade products. Here you will find a massive range of coffee and espresso, from blends made with Theo chocolate (also from Seattle) to beans straight from farms in Brazil, Africa and other exotic locales such as East Timor. The owners and personnel are also very friendly and knowledgeable, providing tips on simple brewing techniques or giving detailed information on sustainability and fair markets, if you happen to be interested. So sit back, have a cup and find out how far that flavorful bean has traveled.
The delicious aromas of macaroons and rich teas linger in the air, while brass containers line the wall behind the elegant counter at this cute little tea parlor on Morton Street. A cozy Parisian setup furnished in vintage accents and posters, Bosie Tea Parlor is a staple favorite with the residents of West Village. It is just the perfect place to spend some quality time over high tea whether with a group or by yourself. Delightful macaroons are crowd pleasers here while they also have a variety of delightful French desserts and tea snacks to go with the teas.
Abraço is an espresso bar in the East Village that is known equally for its perky coffee as well as its savory snacks. It is a small, simple coffeehouse owned by a family. The atmosphere is cheerful and instantly uplifts the mood. The coffee is also addictive. The snacks are available past noon and rotate daily so there is always something different on offer. The olive oil cake that is home-baked from organic flour is especially famous among the locals. Also worth a mention is the honey saffron cake and the frittatas. There is no WiFi here, which is a good thing as Abraço is about living simply, minus the frivolities of life!
Joe provides some of the finest exotic coffees from around the world in a beautiful community-oriented setting. This celebrated cafe has been featured in articles from New York Magazine to the Los Angeles Times. Try their fresh baked pastries and signature cafe latte or you may even want to buy some whole beans to brew at home. With many other locations all over the city, all vie for the customer's attention.
Expert Chef Tomoko Kato brings the aromas and natural flavors of East Asia to New York in the form of Cha-an, an elegant Japanese tea room in the East Village.They say good tea tastes better when enjoyed in good company, and Cha-an is a perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends over the choicest of teas and Japanese snacks. The decor has been kept very minimal and traditional, with bamboos and low lights to create an atmosphere of tranquility. Kato has thoughtfully created a good selection of desserts and savories that pair perfectly with the teas like Adam & Eve.
Located on a quiet stretch of 13th Street, but still close to Union Square, Everyman Espresso is one of the best coffeemakers in the city. Espresso, as suggested by the biz name, is the way to go for those looking for a caffeine fix. Other coffee delights include the standards like Macchiatos and Cappuccinos. A slim selection of baked goods are available in this minimally decorated space. It's rather Spartan all-around, but the friendly staff can make up for it.
Located in Alphabet City New York, Ninth Street Espresso is the perfect place to stop for some refreshing coffee before starting your hectic day. Take in the aroma and flavor of a beverage brewed to perfection, and ask for some snacks or pastries to go along with it. And if you need a stress buster after work, make sure to visit the place. Call for further details.
Tea & Sympathy is a cozy little spot that features one of the most authentic British experiences in the city, or practically anywhere else for that matter. The small shop serves up buttery scones, treacle pudding and steak and kidney pie. Portions are generous, the service comforting and atmosphere laid-back. The walls are covered with humorous newspaper clippings from Britain. Adjacent is the restaurant's take-out store, where expatriates and Anglophiles can stock up on their favorite English items.
Located inside the Inn at Irving Place, an 1834 landmark brownstone, this cafe is worth a visit if you want to take a brief trip back in time. In a dining room filled with antiques, sterling silver and pretty porcelain, you will be served an elegant English high tea. There are five different courses and a choice of 15 teas. The food includes cucumber finger sandwiches with basil butter, warm and flaky scones, petit fours, and fresh fruit tarts. Check website for more details on exact opening hours.