9. Molasses Books, 770 Hart St, Brooklyn

Molasses, one of the hidden bookstores in NYC

Molasses Books is down a small residential street in Bushwick. Don’t walk by too fast and you might mistake it for someone’s house, because you’ll want to take your time relaxing with a book in this one-room shop. You might say Molasses is one half books, one half coffee—the walls on the left and right are floor to ceiling bookshelves, while the back wall is a counter and espresso machine. The book highlights include a good collection of plays and poetry, as well as a shelf of literary and film criticism. If you’re looking to trade in your old books, this is the place to do it. You can you use store credit for both books and drinks. Lend your already read’s to someone else for a free coffee,