I like to pretend I'm on vacation most weekends by treating myself to espressos. During the week it's mostly french press at home or coffee cart dollar cups. But fancy coffee never tastes so good as when I'm lounging at 3pm in another neighborhood or just down the street on a Saturday afternoon.
Here's a current list of my favorites for the season of back to school and back indoors. Now, if the New York City heat would finally leave.
My New York City Coffee Geography
Toby's Third Estate because it's a tiny spot with a hidden Strand. Third Rail for the Washington Square Park vibe. Sweatshop for Aussie Williamsburg espresso. Birch because of the cold brew I'd drink all year long. Joe as a classic from back when I moved to New York. 9th Street Espresso for a real space to work and think with your espresso and milk. Think because the old NYU undergrad heart only grows fonder! Blue Bottle in Carroll Gardens since it's got that South Brooklyn charm. Like, is this neighborhood even real?