Good coffee in UWS and Chelsea
Coming from Sydney Australia for a month in May. Unfortunately we cannot function without a good espresso/cappucino in the mornings.
We are not big fans of chain coffee eg Starbucks (however I did become a fan of their hot chocs whilst I was pregnant).
Where can we get a good coffee in the UWS, Chelsea, or indeed anywhere in NYC around the touristy spots.
I would really appreciate some advice.
Murray's Bagels on 8th ave between 23rd and 22nd streets usually (85% of the time) has good, strong coffee. They always have good bagels, though.
New York tends to be more of a regular old drip coffee town, but the NY Times recently did a run down of espresso in NYC:
And add Joe to the list, too, with their 3 locations below 14th street (although one is in a designy store in Soho):
I've also heard good things about 9th Street Espresso [700 East Ninth Street at Ave C] and the aforementioned Cafe Grumpy. There's one in Brooklyn, too.