Even though I’ve learned to appreciate a nice cappuccino, I (still) don’t consider myself a big coffee drinker. This post has therefore been written with the help from my sister Trine and my husband Poul, who are both serious coffee snobs. They’ve also both been with me to New York, and the picks below are the places they loved and would recommend at any time.
This tiny cafe is easy to miss, because it doesn’t look of much from the street and I almost walked by, even though I knew about the location. Inside, a heavy curtain divides the room in a front section by the entrance, which is where the coffee is made, and a dimly lit seating area in the back. Poul had an Americano and I had a cappuccino. The coffee was perfect. We also tried their salmon bagel and their espresso scrambled eggs which was cooked with the espresso machine’s steamer, and served with asparagus. It was ok, but not excellent, and it took forever for the guy behind the counter to prepare. I therefore recommend that you skip the food and just go there for coffee.
Round K, 99 Allen Street, Tel: +1 (917) 475-1423, Hours: Mon-Thu: 8am-10pm, Fri: 8am-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun: 9am-10pm
Irving Farm is a local chain of cafés serving excellent coffee from their own roasting facility. The Lower East Side branch is right in the sweet spot on the corner of Broome Street and Orchard Street. This area is among the coziest in New York, and it is packed with restaurants, bars and shops. Irving Farm also offers a small selection of bread and pastries, but if you’re after a more solid breakfast or brunch, the Dudley’s across the street might be a better choice. Irving Farm is all about fair trade and sustainability throughout the supply chain.
Irving Farm, 88 Orchard Street, Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm, Tel +1 (212) 228 8880
Nitrogen coffee was one of the really big coffee trends in 2016, and my first encounter with this new craze was at Rise Coffee in New York. The coffee is cold-brewed and infused with nitrogen which results in a drink, which is less bitter and acidic than ordinary coffee. You can get your nitro coffee in practical cans to take home and store in the fridge, or you can have your coffee in a cup. Rise coffee only works with farms that treat and compensate their employees well.
Rise coffee, 85 Stanton Street, New York, NY, Tel: +1(646)869 7050 Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm