It seems rather daunting to try to pick the best coffee shop in New York City, but the point of this coffee series on Live and Let’s Fly is to offer tips for great coffee rather than pick favorites. Toward that end, if you’re in the financial district I found a great little coffee shop during my last trip.
Great Coffee In New York City
I was calling on a “friend” near the World Trade Center and had time to stop for coffee before heading back to the airport.
Coffee is always just a few paces away when you are in New York, but not necessarily good coffee. Here, I was fortunate to find a little hole in the wall called Hole In The Wall Coffee (actually, it was a very nice café and not a hole in the wall in the conventional sense of that term).
Hole In The Wall Coffee
15 Cliff Street
New York, NY 10038
9:00AM – 5:00PM
I ordered a cappuccino…I’m a creature of habit.
Rather than take it to go, I sat down on the terrace outside. Coffee is never meant to be sipped from a paper or styrofoam cup. Look how beautiful it arrived:
Now, the chocolate stylization of latte art makes for a beautiful presentation, but I actually prefer my cappuccinos without the chocolate. Usually, Australia is the only place I have to mention it in advance. This is the first time in the USA I’ve been served chocolate in my cappuccino. But still, this was a rich, bold, and very satisfying cup of coffee.
Do note the guy in the picture above. I’m not sure if that bench was public property versus private property, but this guy took his shoes off, leaned back, and began smoking pot. For his glaucoma I’m sure…it wafted over to my area.
Let me also give a shoutout for Bluestone Lane. It has become a nationwide boutique chain, but I had coffee here last time and it was very tasty. There are locations throughout the city.
I’m sure every nook and cranny of every borough has some wonderful coffee and I’m looking forward to slowly but surely exploring it all.
What is your favorite coffee shop in NYC?