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Nov 1, 2013 04:11 PM

Where to Have Good Coffee in Midtown

Staying at 6th and 53rd, looking for a place serving good coffee that's not Starbucks. Someplace to sit a while and savor a nice cup of fresh brewed coffee, good pastries would be a plus. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. sitting won't be easy, but there's a Ninth Street Espresso on 56th between Park and Lex, Zibetto's on 6th and 56th, and Blue Bottle on the concourse below Rockefeller Center near the Bouchon entrance.

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    1. re: coasts

      Thanks coasts. There's Blue Bottle Coffee in the Bay Area which we love, any relation to NY?

      1. re: curiousgeo

        Yes, same Blue Bottle and they have a few NYC locations now.

        Zibetto and Blue Bottle don't have any seating at all, IIRC.

        Zibetto is very much in the standing up drinking espresso European style spot.

        For BB, you could probably enjoy it elsewhere on the concourse or outside.

        1. re: curiousgeo

          the Blue Bottle in NYC bears the same relationship to the original Blue Bottle in SF as all the Blue Bottles do now... the relationship of now being part of a giant big money MBA driven investment roasting empire vs. being a small artisinal craft roaster.

          They make quality coffee for a giant multi city roaster, but it's no longer small batch founder-roasted, and all the things that go with that. For example, single origin small artisinal growers can't particularly "feed a machine" that big, they don't produce enough coffee.

        2. re: coasts

          Everyman Espresso on 13th street and 3rd avenue

          1. re: sharonj

            This is an old thread and that's not remotely near midtown.

          1. The bar at Ma Peche (on 55th between 5th and 6th) serves excellent coffee and you'll have access to sweets at the adjacent Momofuku Milk Bar.

            1. Great info and suggestions, thanks everyone! I almost forgot how expensive real estate is in midtown, so space is a premium.

              1. Zibetto has another location on 42nd & 5th now as well, same great coffee.