The outside of Porto Rico, a Greenwich Village coffee shop

New York City has no shortage of places to grab a cup of joe. From bodegas and food trucks to espresso bars and hidden cafes, you can get your caffeine fix from a variety of shops. In this list, we tracked down the oldest coffee shops in New York City, dating back to the late 19th century! Join us to explore some of the coffee shops on this list on our Greenwich Village Coffee Tour and Tasting where you can sip on a cappuccino, nibble on chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more treats.

Coffee Tour & Tasting

Coffee at Caffe Reggio

1. Caffè Reggio, 119 Macdougal Street

  • Caffe Reggio exterior
  • Crowd inside Cafe Reggio

Opened in 1927 by Italian immigrant Domenico Parisi, Caffè Reggio in Greenwich Village is credited as being the oldest continuously operating coffee house in New York City. The shop also holds the title of the oldest espresso machine and has the distinction of being the first American cafe to serve cappuccino. Original tin ceilings, mismatched Italian furnishings, and classical paintings on the walls help the cafe maintain an old-school charm. The espresso machine, which was made in 1902 and sent over from Italy, still stands proudly in the shop, though it is no longer in use.