d'espresso-nyc-coffee-shop-untappedSource: The Cool Hunter

New Yorkers take their coffee seriously. Street corners are dominated by Starbucks, and city favorites include Stumptown Coffee, La Colombe, East Village espresso bar Abraço and California import Blue Bottle Coffee. But it’s not just about the coffee, but also the people and atmosphere. Check out ten of our favorite neighborhood coffeeshops in Manhattan below, and share your favorites with us!

10. Saturdays Surf NYC31 Crosby St. (Other location at 17 Perry St.)


On first glance, it seems as if this Soho shop has an identity crisis, as it sells surf gear, men’s clothes and books along with coffee. But somehow, it all works. The front of the Crosby Street space is devoted to a rack of surfboards and a coffee bar that sells the shop’s signature blend of La Colombe coffee. Clothes and books are displayed in the narrow hallway leading to the shop’s best feature: the airy garden out back where you can chat and sip your brew after some browsing. The crowd is a mix of surfers and artsy people who seem productive even when they’re just hanging out. The garden isn’t a place to be antisocial! There are plush couches or free wi-fi here, but you could spend just as many hours chatting. Cash only.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I went to D’Espresso today and found that it had been seized by the marshal. Not sure what’s going on, but that was a disappointment.

    On the other hand, Birch just opened a new shop at 134 1/2 East 62nd Street (between Lexington & 3rd).

  2. I’ve seen many creative coffee bars over the years but D’Espresso is one i still have to experience. It’s different than your usual espresso bar which according to my opinion sets it into a category of its own.

  3. Sharon says:

    Hooray for “The Chipped Cup”! It’s not only one of my all time favorite Manhattan coffee shops — but I’m lucky enough to get my morning coffee from those guys daily. If you’re a coffee lover and an even bigger lover of an aesthetically vintage, comfy ambiance with awesome tunes, “The Chipped Cup” is it. Great pastries too — the almond croissant is to die for.

  4. Gayla says:

    All of these coffee shops look so inviting, but I’d really love to visit D’Espresso just to see the interesting interior…and I Am Coffee, to taste a Shakerato :-)

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  6. randy says:

    wat could be a better place to spend time with friends or with a book..

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  8. Michele says:

    I love to go to Cafe Reggio because a scene in Shaft (1971) was filmed there. I always try to sit at the same table he was sitting at. Incredibly, the same table, coat rack and bench are still there over 40 years later.

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