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The Top 10 Quaint Cafés In New York City
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The Top 10 Quaint Cafés In New York City

Picture of Rachael Silverstein
Updated: 9 February 2017
In many cultures, important political discussions, artist gatherings, romantic encounters, and meetings with friends take place in cafés. New Yorkers escape their tiny apartments and crowded streets by gathering in cafés ranging from eclectic, quaint, romantic, and convenient. The following cafés provide retreat from the busy hustle of New York.
COFFEED | © Rachael Elana Photography
COFFEED | © Rachael Elana Photography
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COFFEED

COFFEED serves delicious single-origin coffee from fair and direct trade sourced from farms around the world. Their menu of baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and desserts are made with local ingredients. In addition to their ethically sourced fare, COFFEED gives 3-10% of their revenue to their charity partners supporting children and adults with disabilities, environmental education, and other community-focused initiatives. Eat, drink, and give back.

COFFEED, 590 6th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

La Colombe | © Rachael Elana Photography
La Colombe | © Rachael Elana Photography
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La Colombe

There are four locations Manhattan locations of the Philadelphia-founded La Colombe but the Noho space is the brightest and most spacious of their locations with fresh flowers amongst its warm earthy minimalist vibe. An ideal spot for artists who need high quality lighting to work and larger groups who can sit on the smooth wooden benches and gather around tables. Additional locations in Tribeca, Soho, and Hudson Square are listed on La Colombe’s website.

La Colombe, 400 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 677 5834

Ost Café | © Rachael Elana Photography
Ost Café | © Rachael Elana Photography

Ost Café

Cafe, European, $$$
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Café Angelique
Café Angelique | © Rachael Elana Photography

Ost Café

A Central European coffee shop reminiscent of Vienna or Prague is quaint café by day and sexy, chill date-spot by night serving wine and beer. Desserts, wine, and small fare are served in the East Village location while Ost’s Lower East Side location at 511 Grand Street keeps to coffee and tea. Ost East Village is located on the corner of Avenue A but coffee drinkers and meanderers could be easily be fooled into thinking they are in Bohemia from long ago.

Ost Cafe, 441 East 12th Street, New York, NY, USA

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Café Angelique | © Rachael Elana Photography
Café Angelique | © Rachael Elana Photography

Café Angelique

Cafe, American, $$$
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Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters | © Rachael Elana Photography

Café Angelique

Café Angelique is a Parisian oasis off the Bleecker subway stop overflows with French pastries, sandwiches, and brunch fare along with espresso drinks featuring a delicious café au lait. The small, cozy space is the perfect place to meet with friends or to simply take a break and listen to Édith Piaf.

Café Angelique, 68 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 475 3500

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Irving Farm Coffee Roasters | © Rachael Elana Photography
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters | © Rachael Elana Photography
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Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

Founded right here in Manhattan, Irving Farm Coffee has a long held love for coffee as well as New York. This love is clear in the many interesting variations of coffee they serve. Located in a sleek space where tourists and locals can get their caffeine fix, this café is also surrounded by Orchard Street’s unique mix of the old and new buildings, including the Tenement Museum. Whether you’re coming here to grab a quick cup of Joe or sit down and enjoy a book, Irving Farm is the place to be.

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, 88 Orchard Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 228 8880

Double Dutch Espresso | © Rachael Elana Photography
Double Dutch Espresso | © Rachael Elana Photography

Double Dutch Espresso

Cafe, American, none
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Café Minerva
Café Minerva | © Rachael Elana Photography

Double Dutch Espresso

Located on Harlem’s restaurant row, Double Dutch Espresso is the type of coffee shop that makes you envious of friends who work remotely. Double Dutch is the ideal place to camp-out with your laptop. Linger over espresso inside with the exposed brick semi-funky semi-farmhouse chic décor or in their spacious back patio. Either way, this is the place to enjoy a cold brew and get some work done.

Double Dutch Espresso, 2194 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY, USA

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Café Minerva | © Rachael Elana Photography
Café Minerva | © Rachael Elana Photography

Café Minerva

Cafe, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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McNally Jackson Books Cafe
McNally Jackson Books Cafe | © Rachael Elana Photography

Café Minerva

With quiet, understated furnishings and an air of European luxury, Café Minerva offers a truly unique experience. Spend the day with a classic cappuccino and your bookworm partner after visiting the independent bookstore Three Lives & Company a mere five minutes away.

Café Minerva, 302 West 4th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 337 8881

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McNally Jackson Books Cafe | © Rachael Elana Photography
McNally Jackson Books Cafe | © Rachael Elana Photography

McNally Jackson Books Cafe

Cafe, American, $$$
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The bookstore has a roster of literary events | © Scott Dexter/Flickr

McNally Jackson Books Cafe

Books hang from the ceiling in this bookworm’s fantasy café, located inside the independent bookstore McNally Jackson Books. Known as an institution by writers and readers within and outside of NYC, McNally Jackson Books Cafe is a true New York local favorite. Enjoy a bagel and coffee among other literary enthusiasts and escape in your novel of choice.

McNally Jackson Books Cafe, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 274 1160

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Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day
La Lanterna Caffe | © Rachael Elana Photography
La Lanterna Caffe | © Rachael Elana Photography

La Lanterna Caffe

Pizzaria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Cafe Jax
Cafe Jax | © Rachael Elana Photography

La Lanterna Caffe

The Italian influence on New York is undeniable. Be transported to Italy by indulging in a decadent dessert or an espresso correto con Sambuca at La Lanterna Caffe. The romantic panelling and heavy drapery make this a perfect spot to read Jane Austen with a side of tiramisu. If on a date, request to sit in the back patio where you can easily spend an evening over dinner and completely forget that you are in New York.

La Lanterna Caffe, 129 Macdougal Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 529 5945

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Mon - Thu:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 3:00 am
Sun:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Cafe Jax | © Rachael Elana Photography
Cafe Jax | © Rachael Elana Photography

Cafe Jax

Cafe, American, none
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Cafe Jax

Zebra-printed wallpaper, antique furniture, and an adorable backyard patio are just a few of the attributes that make Cafe Jax a wonderful place to get coffee. Equipped with a spacious downstairs filled with antique furniture, Jax is another great place for a reader or remote worker to spend their time.

Cafe Jax, 318 East 84th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 510 7084

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