A coffee snob’s guide to NYC

A guide to 10 of the best coffee shops in New York

WHERE — Manhattan, New York
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

The little black book on the very best coffee in New York.

I’m no New York native, but my Kiwi up-bringing has undoubtedly morphed me into a fully fledged coffee snob (Wellington has more cafes per capita than anywhere else in the world) so naturally I’m somewhat opinionated about where to find the best coffee in Manhattan.

As the cliche goes, it’s the city that never sleeps, so where are the best spots for some serious caffeination? My key criteria: it’s gotta be strong (minimum two shots per coffee), makes a velvety cortado (what we call a flat white) and no cups large enough to serve popcorn in. Extra points for sexy interiors and friendly baristas of course.

Intelligentsia Coffee, 180 10th Ave at The Highline Hotel

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 18 West 19th street

Blue Bottle Coffee, 450 wWst 15th street

Little Collins, 667 Lexington Ave

Birch Coffee, 21 East 27th street

Happy Bones, 394 Broome street

La Colombe Torrefaction, 270 Layfayette street

Gimme! Coffee, 288 Mott Street

Kaffe 1668, 275 Greenwhich street

Abraco, 81 East 7th street

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