27 Outstanding Coffee Shops in NYC

27 Outstanding Coffee Shops in NYC


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by Eater Staff, Luke Fortney, and Liz Clayton Updated Feb 21, 2020, 1:28pm EST

While New York is full of great coffee, the sea of cafes can be hard to navigate. Here to help is a guide to New York’s top coffee shops. This map shares where to sit down and enjoy a book or some free Wi-Fi with the brightest espresso, the best-made cappuccino, electrifying cold brew, or just a really good drip coffee.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2015.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Plowshares, a low-key favorite roaster in the city for years, opened this spacious West Harlem roastery and cafe in early 2019 — a handsome, wood-and-poured-concrete affair that’s huge compared to the roaster’s Bloomingdale cafe. Besides an open view of the roasting process, enjoy a small selection of daytime food and a vista of sunny windows.

Wooden benches and sitting area inside Plowshares Coffee RoastersThe interior of Plowshares Coffee RoastersLiz Clayton/Eater

Lenox Coffee roasts its beans out of Red Hook and sources its milk upstate from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Its bright space in Central Harlem has been open since 2011 and serves a small menu of breakfast and lunch items as well as beer and wine. It’s an ideal place to work, fueled by the top-notch coffee and pastries sourced from the Good Batch, Colson Patisserie, and a rotating roster of local New York bakeries.

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The digs at this Upper West Side coffee shop may be small, but the team here is big on serving some of the best coffee to the neighborhood. Arrive during off-peak times since it’s tough to land a seat. The service here is fantastic, with a team that is helpful and gracious.

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Holding down the Hell’s Kitchen coffee scene since 2013, Rex brews top cups from esteemed North Carolina roaster Counter Culture Coffee alongside fresh baked treats like “cruffins” and inventive cakes, and the cafe’s coveted egg sandwiches. The cafe’s Cuban is worth the stroll over to 10th Avenue, too.

An exterior shot of the coffee shop, with a sandwich board on the sidewalk and people drinking coffee in the windowCustomers in the window at RexLiz Clayton/Eater

Not content to let Long Island City have all the Queens coffee fun, Kinship helms a three-cafe operation throughout Astoria serving precisely poured light-roast brews from Portland, Oregon-based roaster Heart. Food selections are morning-centric and include an avocado toast option and egg dishes.

The glass-walled exterior of Kinship Coffee, with a line of white bar stools in the windowKinshop Coffee in AstoriaLiz Clayton/Eater

The Aussies running this bustling Midtown shop have provided a getaway for a neighborhood otherwise glutted with Starbucks and LPQ’s. Alongside flat whites, cold brew, and pour-overs, the shop serves sandwiches, salads, and a behemoth of toasted banana bread with ricotta, berries, honey, and almond brittle. Get the schnitzel sandwich, avocado smash, or the “green eggs & damn!”, and enjoy personal service as good as the food & drink.

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A solid cortado and drip coffee anchor the menu of this stylish coffee bar near Bryant Park. It’s a much stronger choice for coffee than the several chain stores closer to the park, and as a bonus, it serves a superb warm chocolate chip cookie.

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The first Manhattan outlet of this popular Bushwick chain is an ideal place to settle in with a comforting coffee — its menu tends slightly towards richer, earthier origins — and a small snack from the shop’s selection of standard pastry offerings. Variety offers great people-watching in a chic, Parisian/Deco café-styled setting, along with a notable bottled cold brew.

Several groups of people sitting inside Variety at various tables, under arched, high ceilings and near tall windows The spacious interior at VarietyLiz Clayton/Eater

This is the original location for growing coffee roaster Sweetleaf. Besides the standard lineup of high-quality espresso drinks, there are two special iced coffee drinks here, both a far cry from the saccharine concoctions served at bigger coffee chains: the Rocket Fuel, cold brew spiked with chicory, maple syrup, and milk, and the Voodoo Child, a Vietnamese-style iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. Sweetleaf is an ideal hang out spot with free Wi-Fi up front and a record room that has a turntable and an extensive vinyl collection in the back.

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Look for a Vancouver vibe from Canadian native Claire Chan, who has opened a destination for a fine cortado and single-origin pour-over. The general store-slash-coffee shop also has a light menu with dishes like brûléed grapefruit, avocado toast, and smoothies.

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An intimate and rustic-chic venue that’s packed into the evening with NYU students, this is a go-to spot for a coffee before a movie at the IFC Center. A menu of classic drinks is complemented by Ovenly scones and numerous other baked goods. Its iced latte is made with sweet Battenkill Dairy Farm milk, and upgrading to an iced mocha is a decadent treat.

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The ability to “choose your bean” among several on the menu as well as an array of different brewing methods makes the experience here as much of a draw as the coffee. Hi-Collar in the East Village specializes in siphon coffee and pulls inspiration from kissaten — Japanese coffee and tea cafes.

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Owners Liz Quijada and Jamie McCormick moved this popular East Village coffee shop — named for the word “hug” in Portuguese — into a bigger location and added booze and more food options in 2016, but it has remained a chill and cozy neighborhood spot for grabbing coffee and espresso. Don’t skip the olive oil cake, scented with orange and a lovely pairing for espresso.

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The East Village’s Coffee Project is the first of its three locations, which now include a cafe in downtown Brooklyn and an expansive coffee lab in Queens. Like all of Coffee Project’s spots, this is a place for coffee geeks, and this location offers nitro flights and some truly extra drinks like a “deconstructed latte,” which includes an espresso shot, a cup of milk, and then the actual latte, served with a waffle cookie. The less showy espresso drinks are top-notch, too.

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Of Everyman’s three esteemed cafes in the city, the Park Slope location is perhaps the most welcome — bringing truly high quality coffee to the otherwise so-so Fifth Avenue coffee corridor. Choose from meticulously brewed traditional coffee offerings, or one of the signature drinks like the panacea (espresso, lemon, honey, ginger, bitters) or an espresso old-fashioned (espresso, bitters, sugar).

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Enjoy a uniquely charming coffee stop at this Nolita café that specializes in an exclusively Nicaraguan coffee menu, courtesy of relationships built by Nicaraguan-American founder César Vega. The cafe space grabs tons of sunlight from Elizabeth Street, making those tastefully presented coffees (or Integral’s truly massive latte) all the more photogenic. A small selection of cute sundry items (totes, pretty magazines, and such) and merchandise join Café Integral’s own roasted coffee beans on the shelves, too.

A small table in the foreground and the coffee counter in the background, with a barista making a drink using the espresso machineThe counter at Café IntegralLiz Clayton/Eater

Located at the entrance of Chicago haute-diner import Au Cheval, Sawada features drinks curated by coffee obsessive Hiroshi Sawada, known for skillfully crafted beverages and a skater aesthetic. There are 15 seats at the counter, which serves up matcha and espresso drinks along with brewed coffee and tea. Expect meticulous latte art.

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This sprawling Williamsburg roastery and cafe is an outpost of a coffee roaster in Bogota, Colombia. All its raw beans arrive by FedEx straight from Colombia just 10 days after being picked, which makes for some of the freshest coffee around. The space has plenty of seating, but even on the busiest days, there’s probably going to be more plants than people. Devoción also has locations in Downtown Brooklyn and Flatiron.

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In front of the lively dining room at this Williamsburg favorite is a sunny cafe serving excellent pastries and some of the city’s best coffee. On any given day visitors will find the pastry counter filled with options like almond croissants, blueberry muffins, and rhubarb scones. When it’s nice out, Marlow & Sons will open up the French doors, creating an extension of its lovely sidewalk patio.

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One may not expect an otherworldly coffee experience in the Fulton Street subway station, but that’s precisely what has landed at this unique and vaguely space-themed underground destination for top quality espressos, drip coffees, and flat whites from a rotating cast of roasters. Bring some friends and take over the circular seating lounge adjacent to the bar for optimal enjoyment.

The espresso bar at Voyager EspressoThe vaguely space-themed Voyager EspressoLiz Clayton/Eater

Black Fox on Pine Street has the best coffee selection day-to-day of any shop in the city, showcasing coffees from a variety of esteemed roasters around the world. As a result, it’s packed with downtown workers looking for a coffee fix and above-average cafe food with a menu that changes often. The iced matcha latte is a standout on the drink menu and should be ordered with the housemade nut milk.

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Sey (yes, spelled backwards) was started by Tobin Polk and Lance Schnorenberg, whose previous venture, Lofted Coffee, drew accolades for its progressive roasts. The space is minimal, bright, and plant-filled, the perfect stage for the Nordic-style coffee for which it became popular. Roasting operations are in view at the back of the cafe.

An interior shot of Sey looking out at the garage-door opening to the coffee shopThe light-filled interior at SeyLiz Clayton/Eater

Dweebs stands out from the average modern cafe as boldly unpretentious. The charming, minimalist space feels homespun, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the shop even offers a printer to get that work printed out while enjoying a bagel or a coffee roasted by Brooklyn-based Spectrum Coffee. If looking for a distraction, the seats at the window and the outdoor patio are ideal for people watching.

An interior picture of a white ordering counter topped with wood, with coffee shop merchandise hanging on the wall behind the counterThe cozy coffee counter at DweebsLiz Clayton/Eater

Of this storied Portland-born chain’s handful of NYC outlets, this vault-like space tucked aside in Boerum Hill has the most sit-and-stay-awhile energy. From the indoor-outdoor patio to room after room stretching towards the back in which to sit and enjoy a selection of coffees and Supermoon pastries, this is a true Brooklyn coffee oasis. Special touches include taxidermy dioramas in the window wells and French lessons playing continuously in the bathroom.

Baristas working behind the counter at StumptownThe spacious interior at Stumptown’s downtown Brooklyn locationLiz Clayton/Eater

Like its sister shops Little Skips and Baby Skips, Little Skips East aspires to be a true neighborhood coffee shop — and doesn’t take that commitment lightly. Founder Linda Thach spotlights a rotating list of local roasters alongside anchor roaster Counter Culture Coffee. This surprisingly cheery location under the J/M/Z also regularly hosts community events and tastings. A rotating menu of Filipino-inspired brunch items is alongside creative takes on coffee, such as the “bomb latte” with espresso and condensed milk.

The exterior of a coffee shop located on the corner of a street. It has a largely glass facade.Little Skips East in Bed-StuyLiz Clayton

Daily Press is an unfussy Bed-Stuy spot that’s not trying to be hip; it’s just brewing good coffee in a chill space. The back patio is covered, so it’s ideal for working rain or shine. And as far as later-in-the-day beverages go, wine and beer are offered at the Franklin Avenue location — and there’s a full bar in their more spacious Ocean Hill cafe. Small pastries and breakfast burritos make up a food menu, which pairs nicely with locally roasted coffees from Variety and occasional guest roasters. Artwork by local artists is available for sale, too.

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This sunny, queer-positive coffee spot (the owners are life partners and bill their cafe as “like Cheers, but queer”) on Crown Heights’s swath of Nostrand Avenue is well-stocked in standout coffee, inventive daytime food, and good vibes. Coffees from Spectrum Coffees are joined by housemade food offerings like kimchi toast or duck breast sandwiches. Beer and wine are also available for the later crowd.

Groups of people sitting and working on laptops inside BabydudesIt’s a laptop-friendly cafeLiz Clayton/Eater

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1351 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

Wooden benches and sitting area inside Plowshares Coffee RoastersThe interior of Plowshares Coffee RoastersLiz Clayton/Eater

Plowshares, a low-key favorite roaster in the city for years, opened this spacious West Harlem roastery and cafe in early 2019 — a handsome, wood-and-poured-concrete affair that’s huge compared to the roaster’s Bloomingdale cafe. Besides an open view of the roasting process, enjoy a small selection of daytime food and a vista of sunny windows.

60 W 129th St, New York, NY 10027

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Lenox Coffee roasts its beans out of Red Hook and sources its milk upstate from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Its bright space in Central Harlem has been open since 2011 and serves a small menu of breakfast and lunch items as well as beer and wine. It’s an ideal place to work, fueled by the top-notch coffee and pastries sourced from the Good Batch, Colson Patisserie, and a rotating roster of local New York bakeries.

128 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

The digs at this Upper West Side coffee shop may be small, but the team here is big on serving some of the best coffee to the neighborhood. Arrive during off-peak times since it’s tough to land a seat. The service here is fantastic, with a team that is helpful and gracious.

864 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

An exterior shot of the coffee shop, with a sandwich board on the sidewalk and people drinking coffee in the windowCustomers in the window at RexLiz Clayton/Eater

Holding down the Hell’s Kitchen coffee scene since 2013, Rex brews top cups from esteemed North Carolina roaster Counter Culture Coffee alongside fresh baked treats like “cruffins” and inventive cakes, and the cafe’s coveted egg sandwiches. The cafe’s Cuban is worth the stroll over to 10th Avenue, too.

30-5 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103

The glass-walled exterior of Kinship Coffee, with a line of white bar stools in the windowKinshop Coffee in AstoriaLiz Clayton/Eater

Not content to let Long Island City have all the Queens coffee fun, Kinship helms a three-cafe operation throughout Astoria serving precisely poured light-roast brews from Portland, Oregon-based roaster Heart. Food selections are morning-centric and include an avocado toast option and egg dishes.

667 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

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The Aussies running this bustling Midtown shop have provided a getaway for a neighborhood otherwise glutted with Starbucks and LPQ’s. Alongside flat whites, cold brew, and pour-overs, the shop serves sandwiches, salads, and a behemoth of toasted banana bread with ricotta, berries, honey, and almond brittle. Get the schnitzel sandwich, avocado smash, or the “green eggs & damn!”, and enjoy personal service as good as the food & drink.

72 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

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A solid cortado and drip coffee anchor the menu of this stylish coffee bar near Bryant Park. It’s a much stronger choice for coffee than the several chain stores closer to the park, and as a bonus, it serves a superb warm chocolate chip cookie.

261 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Several groups of people sitting inside Variety at various tables, under arched, high ceilings and near tall windows The spacious interior at VarietyLiz Clayton/Eater

The first Manhattan outlet of this popular Bushwick chain is an ideal place to settle in with a comforting coffee — its menu tends slightly towards richer, earthier origins — and a small snack from the shop’s selection of standard pastry offerings. Variety offers great people-watching in a chic, Parisian/Deco café-styled setting, along with a notable bottled cold brew.

10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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This is the original location for growing coffee roaster Sweetleaf. Besides the standard lineup of high-quality espresso drinks, there are two special iced coffee drinks here, both a far cry from the saccharine concoctions served at bigger coffee chains: the Rocket Fuel, cold brew spiked with chicory, maple syrup, and milk, and the Voodoo Child, a Vietnamese-style iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. Sweetleaf is an ideal hang out spot with free Wi-Fi up front and a record room that has a turntable and an extensive vinyl collection in the back.

128 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

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Look for a Vancouver vibe from Canadian native Claire Chan, who has opened a destination for a fine cortado and single-origin pour-over. The general store-slash-coffee shop also has a light menu with dishes like brûléed grapefruit, avocado toast, and smoothies.

240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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An intimate and rustic-chic venue that’s packed into the evening with NYU students, this is a go-to spot for a coffee before a movie at the IFC Center. A menu of classic drinks is complemented by Ovenly scones and numerous other baked goods. Its iced latte is made with sweet Battenkill Dairy Farm milk, and upgrading to an iced mocha is a decadent treat.

214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

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The ability to “choose your bean” among several on the menu as well as an array of different brewing methods makes the experience here as much of a draw as the coffee. Hi-Collar in the East Village specializes in siphon coffee and pulls inspiration from kissaten — Japanese coffee and tea cafes.

81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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Owners Liz Quijada and Jamie McCormick moved this popular East Village coffee shop — named for the word “hug” in Portuguese — into a bigger location and added booze and more food options in 2016, but it has remained a chill and cozy neighborhood spot for grabbing coffee and espresso. Don’t skip the olive oil cake, scented with orange and a lovely pairing for espresso.

239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

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The East Village’s Coffee Project is the first of its three locations, which now include a cafe in downtown Brooklyn and an expansive coffee lab in Queens. Like all of Coffee Project’s spots, this is a place for coffee geeks, and this location offers nitro flights and some truly extra drinks like a “deconstructed latte,” which includes an espresso shot, a cup of milk, and then the actual latte, served with a waffle cookie. The less showy espresso drinks are top-notch, too.

301 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Of Everyman’s three esteemed cafes in the city, the Park Slope location is perhaps the most welcome — bringing truly high quality coffee to the otherwise so-so Fifth Avenue coffee corridor. Choose from meticulously brewed traditional coffee offerings, or one of the signature drinks like the panacea (espresso, lemon, honey, ginger, bitters) or an espresso old-fashioned (espresso, bitters, sugar).

149 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

A small table in the foreground and the coffee counter in the background, with a barista making a drink using the espresso machineThe counter at Café IntegralLiz Clayton/Eater

Enjoy a uniquely charming coffee stop at this Nolita café that specializes in an exclusively Nicaraguan coffee menu, courtesy of relationships built by Nicaraguan-American founder César Vega. The cafe space grabs tons of sunlight from Elizabeth Street, making those tastefully presented coffees (or Integral’s truly massive latte) all the more photogenic. A small selection of cute sundry items (totes, pretty magazines, and such) and merchandise join Café Integral’s own roasted coffee beans on the shelves, too.

33 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013

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Located at the entrance of Chicago haute-diner import Au Cheval, Sawada features drinks curated by coffee obsessive Hiroshi Sawada, known for skillfully crafted beverages and a skater aesthetic. There are 15 seats at the counter, which serves up matcha and espresso drinks along with brewed coffee and tea. Expect meticulous latte art.

69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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This sprawling Williamsburg roastery and cafe is an outpost of a coffee roaster in Bogota, Colombia. All its raw beans arrive by FedEx straight from Colombia just 10 days after being picked, which makes for some of the freshest coffee around. The space has plenty of seating, but even on the busiest days, there’s probably going to be more plants than people. Devoción also has locations in Downtown Brooklyn and Flatiron.

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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In front of the lively dining room at this Williamsburg favorite is a sunny cafe serving excellent pastries and some of the city’s best coffee. On any given day visitors will find the pastry counter filled with options like almond croissants, blueberry muffins, and rhubarb scones. When it’s nice out, Marlow & Sons will open up the French doors, creating an extension of its lovely sidewalk patio.

110 William St Lower Level, New York, NY 10038

The espresso bar at Voyager EspressoThe vaguely space-themed Voyager EspressoLiz Clayton/Eater

One may not expect an otherworldly coffee experience in the Fulton Street subway station, but that’s precisely what has landed at this unique and vaguely space-themed underground destination for top quality espressos, drip coffees, and flat whites from a rotating cast of roasters. Bring some friends and take over the circular seating lounge adjacent to the bar for optimal enjoyment.

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005

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Black Fox on Pine Street has the best coffee selection day-to-day of any shop in the city, showcasing coffees from a variety of esteemed roasters around the world. As a result, it’s packed with downtown workers looking for a coffee fix and above-average cafe food with a menu that changes often. The iced matcha latte is a standout on the drink menu and should be ordered with the housemade nut milk.

18 Grattan St, New York, NY 11206

An interior shot of Sey looking out at the garage-door opening to the coffee shopThe light-filled interior at SeyLiz Clayton/Eater

Sey (yes, spelled backwards) was started by Tobin Polk and Lance Schnorenberg, whose previous venture, Lofted Coffee, drew accolades for its progressive roasts. The space is minimal, bright, and plant-filled, the perfect stage for the Nordic-style coffee for which it became popular. Roasting operations are in view at the back of the cafe.

1434 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

An interior picture of a white ordering counter topped with wood, with coffee shop merchandise hanging on the wall behind the counterThe cozy coffee counter at DweebsLiz Clayton/Eater

Dweebs stands out from the average modern cafe as boldly unpretentious. The charming, minimalist space feels homespun, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the shop even offers a printer to get that work printed out while enjoying a bagel or a coffee roasted by Brooklyn-based Spectrum Coffee. If looking for a distraction, the seats at the window and the outdoor patio are ideal for people watching.

212b Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Baristas working behind the counter at StumptownThe spacious interior at Stumptown’s downtown Brooklyn locationLiz Clayton/Eater

Of this storied Portland-born chain’s handful of NYC outlets, this vault-like space tucked aside in Boerum Hill has the most sit-and-stay-awhile energy. From the indoor-outdoor patio to room after room stretching towards the back in which to sit and enjoy a selection of coffees and Supermoon pastries, this is a true Brooklyn coffee oasis. Special touches include taxidermy dioramas in the window wells and French lessons playing continuously in the bathroom.

1643 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11207

The exterior of a coffee shop located on the corner of a street. It has a largely glass facade.Little Skips East in Bed-StuyLiz Clayton

Like its sister shops Little Skips and Baby Skips, Little Skips East aspires to be a true neighborhood coffee shop — and doesn’t take that commitment lightly. Founder Linda Thach spotlights a rotating list of local roasters alongside anchor roaster Counter Culture Coffee. This surprisingly cheery location under the J/M/Z also regularly hosts community events and tastings. A rotating menu of Filipino-inspired brunch items is alongside creative takes on coffee, such as the “bomb latte” with espresso and condensed milk.

505 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Daily Press is an unfussy Bed-Stuy spot that’s not trying to be hip; it’s just brewing good coffee in a chill space. The back patio is covered, so it’s ideal for working rain or shine. And as far as later-in-the-day beverages go, wine and beer are offered at the Franklin Avenue location — and there’s a full bar in their more spacious Ocean Hill cafe. Small pastries and breakfast burritos make up a food menu, which pairs nicely with locally roasted coffees from Variety and occasional guest roasters. Artwork by local artists is available for sale, too.

715 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Groups of people sitting and working on laptops inside BabydudesIt’s a laptop-friendly cafeLiz Clayton/Eater

This sunny, queer-positive coffee spot (the owners are life partners and bill their cafe as “like Cheers, but queer”) on Crown Heights’s swath of Nostrand Avenue is well-stocked in standout coffee, inventive daytime food, and good vibes. Coffees from Spectrum Coffees are joined by housemade food offerings like kimchi toast or duck breast sandwiches. Beer and wine are also available for the later crowd.

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