Cafes are meeting places for people, places to feel warm, comfortable and above all, un-rushed.
A perfect weekend involves a cup of coffee and The New York Times. A perfect weekday day involves a cup of coffee at your desk. Notice what these days have in common?
The love of coffee goes far beyond the need for caffeine (although that is a beloved part of the bean). It is the ritual. You are required to wait, even if just for a moment, while the black liquid cascades into the cup. You get the chance to doctor it perfectly every time or ask a well-trained barista to take the reigns while you wait for your extra hot, no foam, decaf latte, thank you very much.
New York brims with coffee shops, but this list is about cafes, a tad different than a grab-and-go concept, this is more of a sip and stay. It is actually surprising that the city itself doesn't smell of coffee. Statistics estimate that New Yorkers drink seven times more coffee than people in other cities. No wonder people move so quickly.
You probably have heard of Starbucks, so we have chosen some java joints that are not quite as obvious. Take Cafe Grumpy, with creamy lattes and single-origin coffees. The experience is capped with their cups, complete with a grumpy face (kind of how you look before your first cup of the morning). Or appreciate the loyalty behind Culture Espresso, who only partners with one coffee roaster at a time. Most businesses are not that monogamous.
We challenge you to taste test from all ten of these cafes. On your mark, get set, caffeinate.