Thrillist 10 Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Thrillist 10 Best Coffee Shops in NYC

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There are a million billion zillion places in the city to score your caffeine fix, but if you want to perk yourself up with the best of the best -- rather than the best of what's right next to you -- hit up one of these spots: NYC's 10 absolute, hands-dow

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    where champion baristas and hosts of encyclopedic depth are but a stone's throw away, waiting to prepare you a practical coffee beverage of marvelous quality
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    Wee East Village Box Kite is not like your ordinary coffee shop. For one, it has open bar hours during which time it'll do spirits pairings with your coffee of choice.
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    This handsome deco space features two gleaming orange Synesso espresso machines just in case things get busy (which they will).
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    Humble, almost stealthy Ramapo Valley roaster Plowshares snuck a retail space onto the Upper West Side late last year -- a swank, miniature hangout spot filled with its own fine stock of delicately roasted beans.
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    The geeky kid sister of the Joe mini-chain, this boutique is less a cafe than it is a showroom for coffee, coffee tools, and coffee fun.
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    There's nothing that makes fancy coffee taste better than a lack of fancy overhead and pretense, and this South Slope neighborhood spot delivers some of the best fancy coffee -- and chill vibes -- in town.
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    Central-facing benches and a preternaturally friendly staff serving up drinks -- recently starring a rotating cast of the best NYC roasters -- in enjoyably intimate quarters. Plus, there's no Wi-Fi, so it's truly a social coffee situation here.
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    This longstanding, no-craps-given Manhattan coffee brand's first foray across the river is its best yet: enjoy a sunlit "espresso with milk" in your choice of size while you take a break from the fast pace of Gowanus life.
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    You may not have been looking for coffee in the tassels and findings district, but Culture's been serving up incredible Joe cups for years now, alongside hot, lifesaving, fresh-baked cookies.
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    Linger in the gleaming rays of brass-polished trim, globe lights, and the post-Euro splendor of this busy café, or head to the back bar for a more personal barista experience
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