Quirky Coffee Shops On The Upper East Side, NYC

Photo of Julia Goicochea
9 February 2017

A shared love of coffee is a source of bonding among New Yorkers, regardless of age, background, or borough. Nowhere is this truth more apparent than on the city’s Upper East Side, where a mix of professionals, tourists and locals pound the busy streets. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine boost before visiting Central Park, or are in need of a pick-me-up after a busy day, the Upper East Side has it covered.

Alice’s Tea Cup | © Steve Isaacs/Flickr

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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Indulge your inner (or actual) child at this Alice in Wonderland-themed spot where towers of sandwiches and scones are served alongside a variety of teas and a solid cup of coffee. With a large selection of light food and drink options, Alice’s Tea Cup offers a refreshing take on the traditional coffee shop experience.

Birch Coffee

Coffee Shop, American, $$$
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One of four Birch Coffee branches in the city, the company’s Upper East Side location continues to serve up high quality beverages and snacks with friendly service. Treat yourself to a Dough doughnut from Birch’s pastry selection and settle in to one of the shop’s window seats for an admirable view of the tree-lined street (or the barista’s incredible latte art). If you’re grabbing your coffee to go, be sure to pick up a book from the shop’s small ‘take-one, leave-one’ library.

Corrado Bread & Pastry

Cafe, Pastries
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David's Tea
David's Tea | © Merri/Flickr
With its intimate interior and sidewalk seating, Corrado Bread & Pastry may prompt daydreams of lounging in a Parisian cafe. Fortunately, when this reverie is broken by the familiar sounds of New York City traffic, Corrado offers a delicious (and beautiful) assortment of pastries, breads, and coffee beverages to ease your transition back to reality. Macarons, anyone?

Java Girl

Cafe, Tea
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This blink-and-you’ll-miss it coffee shop offers New Yorkers a peaceful haven from the Upper East Side’s bustling activity. With its self-serve coffee stations, low lighting, and cozy interior, Java Girl boasts a relaxed atmosphere perfect for working or studying while enjoying a cup (or two) of coffee.

Oren's Daily Roast

Coffee Shop, American, $$$
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The menu at this Lexington Avenue nook may be larger than the space itself, including both coffee and tea options as well as indulgent snacks like their popular extra-large cookies. There’s no seating at Oren’s Daily Roast but a cup of their strong coffee to-go will give you the energy to get moving.

World Cup Cafe

Cafe, Tea
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If you can manage to locate this hole-in-the-wall cafe on Lexington Avenue, reward your excellent eyesight with one of their coffee-and-empanada specials. While this unusual pairing is one of their more popular offerings, World Cup Cafe also serves smoothies, frozen coffee drinks, and fresh Hale & Hearty soups, all at affordable prices.