Lower Manhattan • Coffee, Cafe
This upstate New York and New York City coffee shop and beans wholesaler was one of the first in the city to sell a proper espresso, and according to many MUNCHIES staffers, still sells the very best.
Williamsburg • Coffee, Cafe
Variety has the nicest baristas and some of the best beans in Brooklyn. Now with three outlets across the borough, there are plenty of places to enjoy this great coffee with a very low snob-factor. Variety prides itself on sourcing some of the best and hardest to find green beans, which they roast in-house.
Chelsea • Cafe, Restaurant
This homegrown New York cafe prides itself on sourcing responsible, interesting beans from all over the world which it roasts right here in Brooklyn. Founded in Greenpoint, Cafe Grumpy now has seven locations around New York, not including its roastery. Grumpy takes its "no laptop" policy seriously, so freelancers are out of luck.
Lower Manhattan • Coffee
Philadelphia’s artisanal coffee roaster has undeniably become one of New York’s best coffee spots. Go for the draft lattes, iced red eyes, or espresso, but don’t leave without trying some of the olive oil cake (if it’s still there by the time you order.)
Upper West Side • Burger, Late night eats
Joe Coffee opened in the West Village in the early 2000s just when the coffee-nerd culture was gaining steam. Now with many locations in New York and a few in Philadelphia, Joe Coffee still boasts meticulously sourced beans and the most knowledgeable staff around. Order their house espresso and you’ll be convinced that you can grow chest hair from its strength.