Looking for that perfect pick me up? Head to one of Luxury Attaché’s top five coffee shops for a sip that’ll keep you going all day long.
1 Blue Bottle
At first glance, this Chelsea gem (which also just happens to be Blue Bottle’s first of now several NYC locations) seems like just your average, run of the mill coffee bar; don’t be fooled. Begin on the first floor with an expansive espresso counter, the iced stuff, and uber specialized hot coffee brewed individually on drip bars of the shop’s own design. Similar to a bespoke cocktail bar, both single origin coffee and coffee blends are rotated with the seasons to profile only the strongest flavors. Still not sold? Head upstairs to snag one of six stools at their intimate Siphon Bar; modeled after Tokyo’s coffee shops, special selections of drip and a whole world of espresso is on offer--as well as their famously delicious house made pastries.
450 West 15th Street
2 Intelligentsia Coffee
Finally, this Chicago based stunner opens its doors to caffeine-crazed Manhattanites, jonesing for a sip. Taking up residence in the historic High Line Hotel, the tiny coffee bar packs a big punch, churning out some serious sips from a custom La Marzocca Strada and their first Kalita Wave brew bar, exclusively for by-the-cup coffee. Plus, who can resist frothy-topped designs? While the dark wood and leather-bound book-laden lobby turned cafe seating is almost as small as the bar itself, it’s well worth a stop, even to stand and linger over such a delicious cup of joe. The best part? When the weather warms, guests will enjoy that indoor-outdoor patio scenario so often sought after in NYC, lending itself to pure caffeinated bliss.
High Line Hotel | 180 10th Avenue
3 Stumptown Coffee Roasters
For somewhere this cool, it’s no surprise that the coffee is seriously, seriously hot. With brassy touches, and an uber chic industrial, almost steamboat-type feel, it’s no wonder this Ace Hotel adjacent coffee shop brings throngs of people through its doors daily. Unlike the other spots on this list, there is no actual seating inside of the tiny boite, but that’s part of the charm. Grab one of many Red Hook roasted single-roasted coffees on offer or a kick in the pants espresso (and a treat from a rotating roster of sweet slingers such as Momofuko Milk Bar) and head out into the bustling Ace Hotel lobby bar to enjoy. Not only has this quickly become the it spot for sipping, but Stumptown prides itself on sourcing only the highest quality goods and showcasing the best of the best. Case in point: their out of this world cold brew, which it must be said, is available in a bottle, a growler or a keg.
Ace Hotel | 20 West 29th Street
4 Cafe Grumpy
When it comes to a great cup of java, one is simply not enough. Which, when it comes to Cafe Grumpy, means expanding its wildly popular Brooklyn-based flagship to four more caffeination hot spots all across Manhattan. Truth be told, while its recurring role on HBO’s Girls was great, it’s their leading role in world of pour-over coffee that fills its tables--in every location--day in and day out. This method requires that each cup of slow drip coffee be made individually with a specialized ceramic filter, making for one of the best cups around, and yes, perhaps, the insistence that one waits more than the usual Starbucks minute. Cafe Grumpy takes great pride in sourcing, roasting (their very own roastery can be found in Brooklyn) and letting the coffee shine on its own, no gimmicks required. We’ll just let the long list of rotating flavors speak for themselves.
5 La Colombe
The Manhattan trifecta of La Colombe is pretty awe-inspiring. It just goes to show the power of focusing on one thing, and doing it extremely well, each and every time. In keeping with this mantra, is La Colombe’s self proclaimed approach to make “the coffee and the customers the primary focus.” Whether heading up to the chic, relatively unadorned counters in their Soho, Noho or Tribeca locales, the intoxicating smell of roasting beans, and the light and airy atmosphere, it’s immediately apparent that this is far more of a destination than a pit stop. Their single origin, blends, espresso, cappuccinos and everything in between beckon to be enjoyed.