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dimples Jul 5, 2006 11:22 PM

Right next to where "Big Cup" used to be on 8th ave. and 22nd st. there is a small coffee bar called "Java Boy." It's a bar at night and coffee bar all day. So far I have only gotten iced coffee and it's great-very strong with a deep flavor. They also serve various muffins that look really good. This place is definately better then the Starbucks right across the street and, in fact, one of the best cups of java I've had!

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    yummy88 Jul 6, 2006 02:00 PM

    Good to know. So far the best coffee I've had in the city is from Joe's Coffee (9 E 13th Street; 141 Waverly).

    Anyone have other favorite coffee spots? Seems like such a challenge to get a quality latte in the city!

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      Desidero Jul 6, 2006 03:09 PM

      I really like the regular coffee at Grey Dog's on Carmine and at Once Upon a Tart on Sullivan St. The cappucino at Via Quadronno on 73rd is as good as it gets outside of Italy.

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        Nosher Jul 6, 2006 07:31 PM

        I like Grey Dog sometimes as well, but it depends substantially on who is behind the machine-- they have a few employees there who don't seem to know how to pull an espresso shot. But in the right hands, the coffee's great.

        My personal faves are (Casa) Cupcake Cafe and Oren's. Then Joe's, and then a whole host of others.


        NYCnosh: http://nycnosh.com

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          dimples Jul 12, 2006 05:31 PM

          I think "Casa cupcake cafe closed?

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            Nosher Dec 28, 2006 05:53 AM

            No. It's open. Casa Cupcake just merged with its sister business, Cupcake Cafe. Both now operate out of the Casa Cupcake digs, although all the baking is done at the 18th Street Cupcake Cafe kitchens.


            NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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            Marco Sep 21, 2006 02:43 PM

            Where's Oren's at?

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              kenito799 Sep 21, 2006 05:04 PM

              oh yeah Oren's, they used to be my favorite cup of regular coffee--I think there is one in Grand Central, I used to go to the Waverly Place location just east of Wash Sq Park

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            fauchon Jul 6, 2006 07:41 PM

            Agree with you about Via Quadronno...just wonderful. Also check out SiCaffé at Lexington between 70th & 71st....stylish setting with superb cappucino, espresso (& etc)...

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            calypsogirl Jul 6, 2006 07:32 PM

            oooh, yes, joe's!!! that's my absolute fave. but elephant and castle's latte is a very very close second.

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              Blumie Jul 6, 2006 07:44 PM

              I've only had it once, but I had a great latte at Billy's Bakery, on 9th Avenue in Chelsea. Of course, many places can get lucky and make a great latte once; the real test is whether they can do so consistently.

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                dimples Jul 6, 2006 08:30 PM

                I've gotten coffee and latte from Billy's several times and it was nothing great. In fact it was mediocre at best.

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                billyeats Jul 6, 2006 08:01 PM

                Although I appreciate Joe (they make outstanding espresso drinks), my heart is with Jack's (w.10th b/t Greenwich Ave & Waverly). Their stir-brewed coffee is the most consistent and smooth I've ever had. Great espresso there as well. Grey Dog's regular coffee is also great, their iced-coffee is what's their standout. Their coffee is a little chocolatey and that really translates to iced.
                A great newcomer is Think!Coffee (Mercer b/t w.4th and w.3rd). Very good fair trade coffee and one of the biggest and coolest shops I've seen in New York.

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                  avishai Dec 27, 2006 01:25 AM

                  I really like Think Coffee too. Cafe Angenlique, on Bleeker btwn Broadway and Crosby is pretty good too.

                  There are more at http://www.cupofnyc.com

                2. Nuray Jul 7, 2006 12:07 AM

                  Oren's is my favourite in the city, I also like Once Upon A Tart's coffee. Maybe not a coffeeshop but the little coffeecart on Broadway and Bleecker has descent coffee as well.
                  I did not like the Think!Coffee, they use Puerto Rico Importing Co's coffees... I will have to try Jack's though...

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                    bml Jul 18, 2006 12:49 AM

                    Think Coffee's iced coffee is the best I've ever had. They were listed in NY Mag's iced coffee article because they cold brew their iced coffee. I have no idea what that means, but I do know that I am consistenly amazed how it can be so much better than other iced coffee without tasting "different" in any way. Not sure if I'm making sense...

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                      antjones9 Jul 18, 2006 01:36 PM

                      My brother, who works at Think, explains it thus: Take 5lbs of ground coffee, place it into a fine mesh sack and submerge it in 5 gallons of cold/tepid water and let it sit for 4-5 hours. You will probably want to cut the recipe back down a bit for personal use. It goes without saying, but I'll go ahead and say it anyway, that you should use good coffee.

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                        yehwan Sep 20, 2006 06:21 PM

                        i really enjoyed the iced coffee at Think Coffee. antjones9, thanks for the instructions...i like the easy ratios. btw, any idea on the grind size of the coffee beans?

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                        Nuray Jul 22, 2006 08:46 PM

                        I tried their regular coffee and could not drink it. But I will give a try to the iced coffee, it sounds interesting. By the way, I tried Jack's and it was terrific!!!!

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                      chocokitty Jul 7, 2006 12:47 AM

                      I absolutely love Joe's coffee. I've been loyal ever since I've moved to NYC for the past 8 years. They have awesome lattes. But I like to try other places for coffee and I find Jack's coffee really good too.

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                        Arlen Jul 7, 2006 03:16 AM

                        Cafe Tina on Prince Street has wonderful espresso and cafe latte, and Amy's Bread in Hell's Kitchen has a consistently good regular cup of joe.

                        1. shirlotta Jul 7, 2006 06:31 PM

                          i've tried java boy before - the coffee was decent, but i didn't like it enough to go back. i was living in that area and always searching for a good coffee place in the vicinity. the best i came up with was the coffee at le gamin on 9th avenue and 21st street. i love jack's, and joe's is quite good as well. chocolate bar also makes a nice brew - and you can get some yummy treats to go with it.

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                            dimples Jul 7, 2006 10:15 PM

                            Funny, I work around that area and I too am always looking for a good cup--I tried le gamin and thought their coffee was nothing to speak of.

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                              shirlotta Jul 11, 2006 09:38 PM

                              yeah, it's definitely not great. but all the coffee around there is so bad that i'd rather drink okay coffee. : )

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                              Nuray Jul 22, 2006 08:51 PM

                              Le Gamin at 21st and 9th used to be my favourite too, but I can't get the same quality any more... Same goes for the rest of the Gamins that just popped up around the city again...

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                              editedby Jul 12, 2006 04:22 PM

                              Someone told me of a coffee shop 6th ave near 57th that was run by a fanatic ... couldn't find it, anyone know what that person might have been referring to?

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                                Brikka Jul 12, 2006 07:50 PM

                                Was it Zibetto?:
                                I haven't been but it sounds wonderful.

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                                  editedby Jul 13, 2006 09:42 PM

                                  Yes it must of been Zibetto, read the blurb in NYM (THANKS), disappointed that he uses imported coffee that will likely be a bit long in the tooth!

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                                    elliejc Jul 15, 2006 04:00 AM

                                    i've had the espresso, regular and shakerato, and it's pretty gloriously good, definitely the best in the area. i also like the espresso drinks at tarallucci e vino in the east village. and ditto to the regular and iced coffee at grey dog's

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                                      yehwan Sep 20, 2006 06:24 PM

                                      also disappointed in how they pull the shot. resulting espresso was ok.

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                                  kevin Jul 12, 2006 05:34 PM

                                  anyone have a link to the new york magazine profile of coffee joints around manhattan, i think there was mentioned a joint on the ues that is supposed to be really great.

                                  oh, the article was just reviewing ice coffee drinks as a side note.

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                                    Blumie Jul 13, 2006 03:13 PM

                                    I started a separate thread on it a day or so ago, but Aroma Coffee Bar, a small Israeli chain, just opened at the corner of Houtson and Greene. I had a wonderful capuccino there on opening night. And it's open 24-hours-a-day.

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                                      kevin Jul 14, 2006 01:00 AM

                                      what's this one related to? like some of the menu items. is it kosher? and what are some of the menu items? thanks, i think there is one in LA too, it's called Aroma Cafe, just wanted to see if it's part and parcel of the same chain.

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                                        squid kun Jul 14, 2006 05:44 PM

                                        Some preopening reports on Aroma said the Soho shop would be the first outside Israel.

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                                          Blumie Jul 14, 2006 06:19 PM

                                          I'm pretty sure this is their first outside of Israel. I didn't study the menu, but I think it was mostly sandwiches, salads and pastries. Unfortunately their English-language website is not up yet, but if you read hebrew check out http://www.aroma.co.il

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                                            aleppo Jul 17, 2006 11:47 PM

                                            Per their website, they have sixty cafes in Israel and Houston & Greene will be first one outside Israel.

                                    2. DirtyMartini Jul 14, 2006 07:00 PM

                                      In my search for a decent iced coffee near my office in midtown, I was very pleasantly surprised by the offerings at the ING Direct cafe on 49th and Madison. They use Peet's beans, and their iced coffee was very tasty. I would have never guessed that a place run by a bank could make a quality cup, but this one is a cut above the typical Starbucks/overpriced deli options in the area.

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                                        theannerska Jul 14, 2006 07:27 PM

                                        Peet's is GREAT coffee! There's one right by where I go to school (in Chicago...), but I don't think there are any here. They would bury Starbucks, easily.

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                                        Mattydale Jul 14, 2006 07:07 PM

                                        Is Java Boy related to Java Girl, the excellent "Friends"-style coffee shop that has been operating for several years on 66th between 1st and 2nd?

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                                          dimples Jul 14, 2006 07:36 PM

                                          Hmm I don't think so but I will ask the next time I go.

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                                            dimples Jul 20, 2006 11:11 AM

                                            Java Boy is related to Java Girl. I asked the counter person the other morning.

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                                              stainer Aug 3, 2007 03:27 PM

                                              Java Girl is NOT realated to Java Boy, if you ask at Java Boy, they'll tell you they are because the vibe at Java Girl kicks ass. Java girl and Sassy's Sliders are the only reasons I go back to the upper east.

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                                            antjones9 Jul 14, 2006 07:43 PM

                                            Think Coffee at 248 Mercer Street is my favorite spot for coffee. The space is big and comfortable and the coffee is delicious and all organic/shade grown. They even use milk from an organic Hudson Valley micro producer.

                                            1. Non Cognomina Jul 16, 2006 04:51 AM

                                              I really like Porto Rico Coffee Company. I'm always happy with the quality of the coffee, and it's one of the cheapest cups I've ever had. Everyone who works at the shop on St. Mark's is very knowledgable and good at recommending beans I might enjoy. There's no place to sit (and rarely much place to stand!) but I'm a no-frills coffee kind of gal, so it's perfect for me.

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                                                unagirules Jul 16, 2006 06:14 PM

                                                i can't believe no one mentioned mud coffee on 9th bet 1st and 2nd and at astor place. I think its the best downtown

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                                                  wazup1999 Jul 16, 2006 09:11 PM

                                                  I have been to Mudd, I used to think Joe's was the best but there are only a handful of coffee spots that actually roast their own coffee. One of them is Buzz in Brooklyn which is solid but the best place for espresso or coffee is definately 9th St. Espresso. They roast their own beans twice a week to ensure freshness and the barristas their are incredible with their latte art. This place is better than Italy.

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                                                    unagirules Jul 17, 2006 02:03 AM

                                                    9th st is definitely the best for espresso

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                                                      yehwan Sep 20, 2006 06:37 PM

                                                      Ninth Street Espresso is my favorite place for espresso...triple ristrettos on a Synesso. They're serving nice blends (currently Toscano and Five Country) from Counter Culture Coffee. The baristas are well trained and pour good latte art.

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                                                      jodyleestudio Jul 17, 2006 03:06 PM

                                                      Has anyone tried Gimme Coffee? I know it's in Williamsburg, but they pull a delicious espresso. All triple ristretto pours. Definitely worth the trip.

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                                                        antjones9 Jul 17, 2006 05:12 PM

                                                        I agree, Gimme makes very nice coffee. Oslo is also good but I don't care for the scene at Oslo. The Verb is my regular joint. Their lattes are good but the regular coffee is like tar.

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                                                          yehwan Sep 20, 2006 06:43 PM

                                                          Gimme! does a good job...has well-trained baristas and roasts their own coffee. If you're out in Brooklyn (Greenpoint), I would highly recommend Cafe Grumpy. A nice space with art gallery in the rear. They're currently serving coffees from Counter Culture Coffee and Ecco Caffe. For those familiar with Cup of Excellence, they're also carrying some of those coffees as well. You can also have your coffee prepared via French press.

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                                                        kenito799 Sep 20, 2006 06:56 PM

                                                        Taralucci e vino (e 10th/1st) has my favorite espresso.
                                                        Haven't been to their Union Square branch (18th or 19th just west of Bway).

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                                                          mc24713 Sep 21, 2006 02:13 AM

                                                          cafe sabarsky

                                                          1. yehwan Sep 21, 2006 05:29 AM

                                                            Blue Spoon Coffee Company (www.bluespooncoffee.com) by City Hall. Serving Intelligentsia coffees...a house blend for Blue Spoon and the Black Cat espresso blend.

                                                            1. jon Sep 21, 2006 05:09 PM

                                                              financier (stone street) makes a great cup of coffee, as does oren's, and the mud truck on wall street.

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                                                                jmoryl Dec 28, 2006 12:51 AM

                                                                Anyone looking for a good cup of coffee in Chelsea should head to Cafe Grumpy's new location on 20th St. between 7th. and 8 th. Top notch espresso drinks from great beans, made by people who know what they are doing. Also, if you want a brewed cup, they are probably the only place in town using the new Clover single cup brewing machines, which make excellent coffee.

                                                                1. yehwan Dec 28, 2006 05:49 AM

                                                                  If you're in the Village, I would check out Cafe Collage (189 Bleecker Street at MacDougal Street), which is on the same block as Porto Rico. All coffee are French press offerings (pre-made or individual press pot) and are prepared with beans from Intelligentsia Coffee. On the 3-group Synesso they prepare espresso-based drinks with Intelligentsia's Black Cat. Drinks are poured to traditional volumes. There's a good amount of table seating and seated bar to enjoy the free wifi.

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