Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cozy Coffee Shops in New York City

I have been visiting and exploring some independent coffee shops in New York City that are cozy and independent.Here are the list of places I recommend you if you're a big coffee addict like me and who does not compromise on his/her daily cup of Joe!

Roasting Plant Coffee Company in L.E.S

Joe - The Art of Coffee

Subtle Tea - 121 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Paradiso Cafe - for a good Italian coffee & Bruschetta

105 Avenue B # 1
New York, NY 10009-6281
(212) 777-0234‎

The Hungarian Pastry Shop

Just spotted this place oday and ordered a cold Hungarian coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon!

One word that can describe this drink - RE.FRESH.ING!

1030 Amsterdam Avenue
(between West 110th and 111th streets)
New York, NY 10025

Located in the Columbia University neighborhood just across the street from the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, The Hungarian Pastry Shop serves croissants, danish, tarts, turnovers, pastries, cookies and cakes. It offers a large selection of coffees and teas – both hot and cold. Soft lighting, original artwork, and wood tables and chairs make the Pastry Shop particularly conducive to reading, relaxing, chatting or studying. On sunny days, patrons take advantage of sidewalk chairs and tables. The Hungarian Pastry Shop has been the setting of a scene in several movies including Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives. In existence for more than 35 years, it is a favorite spot for Columbia University students and intelligentsia as well as tourists coming to visit the magnificent Cathedral.

Note: Here is something interesting that I read in this coffee shop

"In case of Fire
Stay Calm
Pay the Bill
Then Run"

SilverMoon Bakery

Had a Lavazza coffee with a so called Brioche - chocolate chip & southwestern spicy flavored. However, one looked like a muffin whereas the other looked like a panini. Not sure if its the best in town but give it try. Don't order the lunch here, their soup prices start from 6 bucks!

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Puerto Rico Importing Co.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
201 Bleecker St
(between Avenue Of The Americas & Downing St)
New York, NY 10012

Not a coffee shop but a good place to buy your coffee beans. They have a good variety of coffee from south america and elsewhere. They have weekly sales as well. I bought a half pound of Frecnh Mocha Java for just $3.50.

Esperanto Cafe

114 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

Interesting meaning 'esperanto' - is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language in the world. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto, the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, in 1887. The word esperanto means "one who hopes" in the language itself. Zamenhof's goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding

Macaron Cafe

The name says it all! I tried their coconut macaron, there were several other colorful ones too in different flavors. It is a very small place but really colorful with a good taste in art. Good place to meet people for lunch & macarons!

Lily O'Brien's Chocolate Cafe

Among Ireland’s gifts to New York, add chocolates. Lily O’Briens Chocolate Cafe, selling bonbons made in Ireland, has opened on Bryant Park.

The company was founded in 1992 by Mary Ann O’Brien, who had been in marketing. A baby, Lily, kept her at home, so she started making chocolates. She now imports chocolate from around the globe and has a plant in County Kildare that churns out 60 tons of chocolates a week.

Two-bite cups in either milk, white or dark chocolate, with fillings like lemon meringue, sticky toffee and crème brûlée, are $14 and up for 20 pieces. Bars, notably the honeycomb crisp variety, are $2.50 and up; small sacks are $4 to $9; and boxed assortments are $16 to $45. Sold by the piece, the chocolates are 60 cents to $1.25.

As far as their coffee is concerned, I tried their cappuccino which was pretty reasonable since they used illy coffee. Don't forget to ask for a free chocolate with your coffee!

The cafe also serves hot chocolate made from Belgian chocolate, $4.25 to $5.25

36 W 40th St, New York - (212) 575-0631

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