1. Ground Central, Midtown East
There’s a reason Ground Central calls itself “the best coffee shop in Midtown East.” It’s not only focused on producing a good brew, but also on coffee culture in general. The Midtown East outpost on 52nd Street is decorated with New York-themed murals, created by famed Australian street artist, Heesco. There’s also an extensive collection of vintage rock & roll records and a library lounge in the back, which is truly the best part about this quaint space.
With black leather couches, matching wooden furniture, and bookshelves filled with reads, the space is truly cultivated as a refuge from the chaos of Midtown. Address: 155 East 52nd St.
This article was written by Susan Xu and updated in December 2022 by Nicole Saraniero