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Great Cup of Coffee

tabbac Jan 21, 2008 06:08 PM

Like most New Yorkers, I have what seems to be an unquenchable addition to a good cup of coffee. I'm looking to find the city's best cups of coffee (and I do not mean Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks). What I'm looking to find are those great local joints where you can wander in and get a terrific cup of coffee. Personally, I find the coffee and pastries at La Bergamote in Chelsea to be top notch? Any others?

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    Olav23 RE: tabbac Jan 21, 2008 06:24 PM

    The best coffee I have ever had, is the Latte at Gimme Coffee out in W'burg. Definitely worth the hike.

    Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea has the clover. It is a $10k drip coffee maker. I was underwhelmed but it was probably the bean I had.

    Jack's Stir Brewed Coffee in the Village

    Mud Cafe and the MudTrucks.

    just to get you started

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      kathryn RE: Olav23 Jan 22, 2008 06:47 AM

      I assume you mean drip coffee. For that, I love Abraco, Roasting Plant (though theirs is pretty light), Joe, and Jack's. Grey Dog is pretty good, too.

      I'm not a big fan of the Mudspot / Mudtrucks.


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      moh RE: tabbac Jan 21, 2008 06:29 PM

      Had a fabulous cappucino and expresso at Fika, near the Parker Meridien (went just before a burger). 41 West 58th Street.

      (Don't know if you are looking for drip coffee, didn't try that.)

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        villager21 RE: tabbac Jan 22, 2008 10:11 AM

        Macchiato on 43rd between 3rd and Lex.

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          VillageGirl RE: tabbac Jan 22, 2008 11:38 AM

          I'm a huge coffee fiend and my favorite places are Think (Mercer and 3rd Sts), Caffe Dante (great espresso) on Macdougal between Houston and Bleecker, and Once Upon A Tart (very strong, dark roast coffee) which is on Sullivan between Houston and Prince. Favorite hands down is Think. Not a huge fan of Mud or Joe's.

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            Desidero RE: VillageGirl Jan 24, 2008 06:24 AM

            I agree with VillageGirl that Once Upon a Tart makes an excellent cup of coffee. I believe they use Porto Rico beans. As Kathryn mentioned above, Grey Dog's drip coffee is very good as well.

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              BluPlateSpec RE: VillageGirl Mar 26, 2008 06:00 PM

              I second THINK, no, make that first.

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              billyeats RE: tabbac Jan 22, 2008 11:42 AM

              My picks...

              Drip Coffee - Jacks, Grey Dog, Local, MoJo, Grumpy (Clover drip)

              Espresso - Ninth St Espresso, Joe, Gimme Coffee

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                kathryn RE: billyeats Jan 22, 2008 12:02 PM

                Good to hear that Local is good. Have you tried any of their pastries/desserts?

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                  billyeats RE: kathryn Jan 22, 2008 12:56 PM

                  No, haven't tried Local's pastries yet, but really like their drip coffee - very solid! I'll tell you who has fantastic products (croissants, bagels, cookies, etc), MoJo Coffee. Have you been there yet? Charles St (btw Greenwich St & Washington). Some stuff they bake, others they seem to choose from purveyors around town. I'm really impressed with the quality of the products. Everything I've eaten there is top notch. Not cheap but truly worth it. They have soup & sandwiches too but I haven't tried them yet.

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                    VillageGirl RE: kathryn Jan 28, 2008 10:15 AM

                    Their pastries are excellent! I love the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies- they're to die for. Everything's organic and they're not too ridiculously buttery/oily.

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                    michlusa RE: billyeats Jan 23, 2008 04:57 PM

                    Agree with Ninth St Espresso, Joe and Grumpy for amazing espresso drinks. And Ninth St. has a new location in Chelsea Market.Would also add Everyman Coffee on 13th between 3rd and 4th - run by an ex-Ninth St. barista. I also like Oren's drip coffee.

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                    xigua RE: tabbac Jan 22, 2008 01:13 PM

                    Had the best espresso shot at Zibetto this weekend (on 6th Ave, betweeh 56th & 57th sts)


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                      cricri7 RE: tabbac Jan 22, 2008 03:08 PM

                      Porto Rico is the best latte in town! I always buy some beans to bring back home, and some to give as gift to one of my special friends, because they are excellent and not too expensive.

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                        lovesfinethings RE: tabbac Jan 23, 2008 05:26 PM

                        Jack's is my favorite! He opened one downtown on Fulton Street...I think the original is on the Westside...Best coffee!

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                          RussianGirl RE: tabbac Jan 28, 2008 10:51 AM

                          Java Girl on 66th between 1st and 2nd.

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                            Erida RE: tabbac Feb 10, 2008 01:55 PM

                            Roasting plant on Orchard St. The coffee there is the bomb i walk 3 blocks out of my way before work so i can go and get a cup of coffee there. I am a coffee addict i drink my coffee black but you can tell it is not starbucks overburned beans, or colered water of dunkin donuts, their coffee it has the right aroma and taste for a good morning awake...

                            1. 280 Ninth RE: tabbac Feb 11, 2008 09:49 AM

                              Tabbac, just down the street a bit from Le Bergamote on Ninth is Ninth St. Espresso, in Chelsea Market, and they do well with coffee....

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                                hbeeman RE: tabbac Mar 26, 2008 02:49 PM

                                Cafe Angelique (Bleecker between Crosby and Broadway) also has great drip coffee. I don't like their espresso, but their regular French Roast is just delicious.

                                Related: can anyone recommend a good drip coffee place near the Plaza hotel? I know Zibetto is good for espresso, but I'm looking for good drip... thanks!

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                                  dimples RE: tabbac Mar 26, 2008 03:25 PM

                                  A new place called "joe" opened on 23rd off of 9th. I thought the coffee was really good.

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                                    Miss Needle RE: dimples Mar 26, 2008 05:49 PM

                                    Is that Blue Bottle from San Francisco? I read about it in this week's New York, and it was in that area. If so, their coffee is great.

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                                      kathryn RE: dimples Apr 3, 2008 08:39 AM

                                      This is the same Joe the Art of Coffee that is in the West Village, Soho (inside Alessi store), and by Union Square, BTW.


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                                        Miss Needle RE: kathryn Apr 3, 2008 09:17 AM

                                        I see. I know the Joe on 13th Street -- I'm assuming that's the one. I definitely did read about Blue Bottle coming to Chelsea. Maybe it's not there yet.

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                                      Frankenfood RE: tabbac Mar 27, 2008 12:26 PM

                                      "unquenchable addition"?
                                      Zabars on the UWS has a great cup o joe. You can buy a cup at the cafe but I prefer buying a bag of beans and grinding/brewing at home. I know that was not your question but I am a firm believer in home brew. :)
                                      Ozzies in Brooklyn is pretty dec. when I am in the area.

                                      1. PlomeekSoup RE: tabbac Mar 27, 2008 06:40 PM

                                        The new Mercury Dime on East 5th has some darn good espresso, cappuccino and latte action.

                                        1. brooklynbrownie RE: tabbac Mar 27, 2008 08:20 PM

                                          Definitely Joe. They have several locations now in Manhattan, including a new one in Chelsea. http://www.joetheartofcoffee.com/

                                          Nice neighborhood feel to the place. And the coffee (and espresso) is really a cut above. Sometimes there's a wait, but it's totally worth it. They make a beautiful latte. Here's a link to a photo I took of their latte art when I popped in their village location: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycblond...

                                          If you are in Brooklyn, I love Gorilla. http://www.gorillacoffee.com/

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                                            lovesfinethings RE: tabbac Apr 3, 2008 07:55 AM

                                            I always look forward to going downtown to Jack's on Front Street. I think the original is somewhere on the West Side - but their coffee is amazing!

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                                              kathryn RE: lovesfinethings Apr 3, 2008 08:41 AM

                                              Yes, West Village. Jack's Stir-Brewed.

                                              Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
                                              138 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                              guide boy RE: tabbac Apr 3, 2008 05:56 PM

                                              Mei Lai Wah Coffeehouse, 64 Bayard, Chinatown. Served with light cream. Yum.

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