ISO: A Cup of GOOD Cheap Joe
With a Starbucks on every other corner, I realize I'm looking for a fast-fading, wondrous thing here...a cup of GOOD coffee on the cheap. I'm not talking about the 75-cent cup of swill you can get at any deli or stree-cart. I want quality, aroma, taste--and preferably no more than $1.25.
Your best bet is probably the MudTruck. Their small coffee is 1.25. I find it a bit on the bitter side and almost too strong, but it's pretty solid and is a relative bargain.
I find some street vendor coffee quite good, actually. You just have to get to know the ones around you.
I don't know what part of town you're in but if it's the UWS, Zabar's cafe has excellent, inexpensive coffee. In the W. village, Think Coffee on W. 3rd St. between 6th and Macdougal is also pretty good.
I just heard that 9th Street Espresso has a $1 cup of French press...THAT's what I'm talking about!