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Mar 4, 2008 03:39 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. I work in midtown and I rely on the ING Cafe (yes ING the financial institution). The serve Peet's coffee, and a large is 1.50. They even have a frequent drinker card, I think it's every 5th cup is free.

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      1. re: digitalburro

        I LOVE the ING Cafe! The drinks are reasonably priced and they are pretty efficient in the morning even with a long line. The frequent drinker card is as you described and they used to have a card that you could pre-load :every $10 on the card also gave you a free drink.

      2. 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.

        1. I just heard that 9th Street Espresso has a $1 cup of French press...THAT's what I'm talking about!