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Best latte in NYC?

SR Jun 20, 2006 12:07 PM

Anyone know where to get the best latte? Any borough will do.

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    Jackie H Jun 22, 2006 08:44 PM

    Le Pain Quotidien, a French chain

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      djalexis Jun 22, 2006 11:54 PM

      i disagree with Lpan Q. I used to work there and I do like there coffee as the best CHAIN. You can find LPQ around the city easy and there lattes are very good but not THE best
      but two of the best lattes i would say:
      1) Cupcake cafe coffee house (on 9th ave 40+41st?)
      (a block and half north from the original cupcak bakery- same owners)
      2) cup a joe (not sure of name or location--one and half blocks west of waverly diner at corner of 6th and waverly--the street gets crossed by another street so it may be on waverly)

      1. re: djalexis
        chocokitty Jun 30, 2006 01:18 AM

        Probably you're talking about Joe's off of the 6th Ave & Waverly. I love their coffee! Their latte is the best in NYC, in my opinion. I drank their lattes & coffee for 6 years and I never had a bad cup. They also have another location off of 5th Ave & 13th St.

    2. Nosher Jun 27, 2006 09:55 AM

      Yep. The Cupcake Cafe (formerly Casa Cupcake) on 9th Avenue (new digs, in case you still think they're in that teeny shack on the corner of 39th Street) has some of the best coffee in the city (it ranks up there with Oren's and Joe's), and their lattes are just phenomenally good.


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        emo Jun 27, 2006 10:45 PM

        Jack's on w. 10th. They use organic free trade and know how to pull a good espresso, and they don't scald the milk in their lattes and capps. In a pinch I will go to Joe (there's one on christopher and one on w. 13th).
        By far though, the best latte i have had in the city was at Ici in brooklyn on DeKalb (Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area)

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          calypsogirl Jul 3, 2006 05:04 PM

          most DEFINITELY joe's! the one on waverly, or the other one on 13th street btwn 5th and university. it is sooooo incredibly good. my second favorite is from elephant and castle on greenwich ave.

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          1. re: calypsogirl
            ab70 Jan 18, 2009 10:34 AM

            FYI, Joe's (at least the one on 13th between 5th and University) does not know what a latte is. I have gone there three times over the past 6 months and every time I order a latte. What I get is a cappucino. A latte is a double shot of espresso, topped with steamed -- never frothed -- milk. It's basically the same thing as a cafe au lait in France or a cafe con leche in Spain or Latin America or a milchkaffee in Germany. A cappucino is always thirds -- a third of espresso, a third of steamed milk, a third of frothed milk. I still have not found a good latte in NYC. HELP.

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            Dizzyginger Jul 22, 2006 06:40 PM

            City Bakery. Even better than Starbucks ;-)

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              calypsogirl Jul 23, 2006 06:18 PM

              definitely joe!

              141 waverly place near 6th ave
              9 e. 13th btwn 5th ave and university

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                jkf Jul 24, 2006 04:02 PM

                Jack's on W.10th, by far. I am a soy latte drinker and they use Zen soy (the best soy milk brand, by far). Jack and his staff are all really good people... I think it makes the coffee taste better.

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                  billyeats Jul 25, 2006 01:59 AM

                  I'm a Jack's devotee too, love the lattes, but I've heard raves about Ninth St. Espresso. Sounds like a must.

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                    Marco Aug 3, 2006 01:06 AM

                    9th St is seriously delicious deep coffee

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                    howdyyall Jul 28, 2006 11:59 PM

                    zibetto espresso bar on 6th ave/56th is great. the midtown location sucks, but the drinks (especially the lattes) are excellent.

                    1. yehwan Oct 6, 2006 03:52 PM

                      without hesitation, i would go to Cafe Grumpy and Ninth Street Espresso. Gimme Coffee, Gorilla Coffee, Joe: The Art of Coffee and Blue Spoon Coffee are good.

                      1. FireMyst Oct 8, 2006 10:58 PM

                        how about Cafe K on 48th between 5th and Madison... excellent coffee, espresso and cappuccino, I'm sure their latte would be on par.

                        1. NYJewboy Jun 12, 2008 07:39 AM

                          If you want to go into BKLYN, Gimmie Coffee is far superior to all the Manhatan places mentioned here IMO.

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                            littlesuits Jun 13, 2008 09:27 AM

                            I need to do more exploring myself but I think Cafe Regular on 11th street near the corner of 5th avenue in brooklyn has really good lattes. And coffee too.

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                              kathyyl Jan 20, 2009 12:17 PM

                              My loyalty lies with Abraco in the East Village ^_^

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                                amedemonet Jan 20, 2009 05:47 PM

                                This isn't a cafe but a restaurant, IL Buco on Mercer has amazing coffees/lattes. They have a bar area where one can enjoy a cup without sitting down for dinner.


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                                  misseljay Mar 7, 2009 06:36 PM

                                  Ninth Street Espresso (either location: 9th & Ave C or 10th btwn Aves A & B). Beyond their baristas' lovely latte art skills, it justs tastes amazing. no sugar required.

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