With all New Yorkers age 16 and older now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, more and more New Yorkers will feel safe venturing to their favorite restaurants and coffee shops after more than a year of health uncertainty. Rather than burrowing in your bed or stacking more coffee mugs at your desk, visit a cafe to inspire yourself by a change of scenery and new ambiance. Check out these 10 New York City cafes frequented by influential authors throughout history and the present. Maybe you will be the next inspirational author!

1. Hungarian Pastry Shop

Influential authors and customers enjoy baked goods and coffee from Hungarian Pastry Shop.
On beautiful days, customers fill the tables of Hungarian Pastry Shop that spill onto Amsterdam Ave.

Nestled in Morningside Heights, the Hungarian Pastry Shop serves intellectuals of all forms. Influential authors such as Julia Otsuka, Thomas Merton, Rachel Hadas, and William C. Rhodes have found inspiration in this spot minutes from Columbia University, across the street from the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. There they can enjoy an authentic Hungarian Coffee or a slice of flourless chocolate cake.

As customers enter the quaint shop, the smells of freshly baked pastries and deep coffee fills their noses as the their eyes scan the walls full of photos of books that have been written within the cafe. Influential authors, such as Julia Otsuka, Rachel Hadas, and William C. Rhoden have found inspiration in this spot minutes from Columbia University. Ta-Nehisi Coates, influential author of Between the World and Me, frequents the shop as well.

Hungarian Pastry Shop – 1030 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025