Coffee is a New Yorker’s best friend. Plain and simple. Why else abandon that luxurious duvet every morning? Find out the top 5 places to get a cup of your favorite stuff in the morning.
1 Sant Ambroeus
Named after the Patron Saint of Milan, Sant Ambroeus strives to incorporate a taste of old Europe in both the décor and menu. From their extensive list of espresso based drinks to their fresh baked bread perfumed with olive oil, the entire place screams Italy. Breakfast starts at 8 A.M. and the menu has everything from roasted vegetable omelets to pancakes topped with homemade blueberry compote. If you are in a rush, order one of their pastries from behind the large display case or try the coffee gelato topped with hot espresso. Step into this specialty shop for an elegant drinking and dining experience.
2 Abraço Espresso
Don’t let the size of the storefront or the simplicity of Abraço’s menu fool you. It’s simplicity that gives this place its sophistication. Rather than offering customers a long list of complex beverages and food items, they stick to the basics and do it well. There are only seven coffee options on the menu, all of which are made with high-quality beans and are full of flavor. The ingredients for their pastries and savory dishes come directly from the farmers’ market and therefore change daily. If you get a chance, try to the olive oil cake; it’s slightly sweet but not over powering and goes well with a shot of their strong espresso.
86 East 7th Street
New York, New York 10003
Nespresso considers its location in SoHo a coffee boutique and it’s not hard to see why. This place is stylish, beautiful, and the coffee is as well dressed as the patrons (they sculpt hearts and other cute images out of the milk foam). The staff is very friendly and they would love to consult with you about what strength espresso is best fit to your taste buds. The ceilings are high and there is an abundance of room – no fighting for tables or your place in line, and certainly none of that crowded coffee house clamor. Climb the stairs to their second floor if you want to test out one of their state of the art espresso machines for free.
4 Ground Support
Ground Support café fits right into the posh SoHo area. The inside is full of well-dressed patrons sitting at wooden benches or leaning against walls sipping iced soy lattes. They serve the basics well and have a self-serve area with an assortment of fancy sugars, simple syrups, honey, and other goodies to dress up your beverage. Sit outside in the courtyard and people-watch – you’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like. Their free wifi and yummy pastries will help you make an afternoon of it.
5 Oren’s Daily Roast
Although Oren’s has multiple locations in Manhattan, their 79th street spot is our favorite. It’s small, intimate and their wooden interior mimics the feel of a small cottage in New England. There’s nowhere to sit, so you’ll have to get your coffee to go, but the quality of their beans makes it all worth it. Many special blends of decaf give their menu an edge and cater to those who don’t want a full shot of caffeine. If you love the coffee, buy a bag of their beans that are sold in store – they make a great gift.