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
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.
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.
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.
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.