Sip and Stay and Dream at New York City's Best Loved Cafes

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. 



A cheerful chalkboard sign can be easily missed in New York City. After all, we have things to do and Smartphones to watch. The chalkboard sign at Hole In The Wall lets you know that it is inside the 420 Building on 5th Avenue. Enter and you...  Read More



Little Collins Cafe has been named after a street in Melbourne, Australia, but it also isn't a big shop, therefore the name works on many levels. These Aussies wish to hit all the senses through their food and coffee options and have "brekkie"...  Read More



The Gregory's coffee symbol is almost as popular in New York as the Starbucks' siren. Some people have even dressed up as Gregory for Halloween, green glasses and all (the glasses are really two mugs of coffee facing each other, asking you to...  Read More



Cafe Grumpy's signature cup with its scowling, yet cute cartoon face, pays tribute to the version of you that is prevalent before you get your first cup of coffee of the day. Whether your visit to Cafe Grumpy is for your first or your seventh...  Read More



Kaffee 1668 currently has three locations, but the first opened in 2008 by two Swedish twin brothers, Mikael and Tomas Tjarnberg. With a stylish industrial vibe to the cafe, their specialty is single origin, directly traded and quality coffee...  Read More



A great cup of coffee is a powerful thing. It can be enough to make a New Yorker pause. Couple that with a fantastic pastry and for a moment all will be right in the world. Culture Espresso has the pairing of food and coffee down pat, with not...  Read More



You know that a coffee shop is good when it has two branches, and one of them is in Bogota, Colombia. Devocion sells coffee that is sourced from farms that are hand-selected within the untamed regions of Colombia's most inaccessible zones. Above...  Read More



This craft coffee roaster has cafes in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. CEO and co-founder Todd Carmichael even has his own travel show where he scours the globe for the best beans possible. Natural light floods the New York...  Read More

Greenwich Village


At the heart and soul of Greenwich Village stands a tiny, romantic destination known as Caffe Reggio. And at the heart of the Caffe Reggio stands a magnificent espresso machine, burnished, and shiny and promising like an altar to the great god...  Read More



Ok not quite as old as the Caffe Reggio for instance, but Omonia Café opened in 1977 when a young John Arvanitis immigrated from Greece to New York. Since then, it has glassed itself in in winters on the corner of Broadway and 33rd Street in...  Read More


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No matter how many countries Maria Lisella has visited (62), this native New Yorker finds the world at her doorstep in amazing Queens where its residents speak 138 languages.

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