The Best Cafés in Greenwich Village, Manhattan

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Home to Washington Square Park, independent shops, and an array of iconic New York City landmarks, Manhattan’s Greenwich Village boasts a lot to see and do. A remnant of the area’s heyday as a hub for bohemians and beatniks, the West Village also hosts a thriving coffee shop scene. Next time your caffeine-craving kicks in (and you know it will), enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up at one of these 10 local cafés.
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One of many Australian cafés cropping up in New York City, Banter stands out for its eclectic cuisine and a selection of more wines and cocktails than you might expect from a menu featuring this many greens. In fact, this down-the-middle approach is what singles the café out. For health-minded eaters, the spot serves up an array of vibrant veggie bowls and “wellness drinks,” while indulgent diners can dig into fried chicken burgers and Nutella® French toast. Whatever suits your appetite, at Banter, you’re sure to sample something worth talking about.

Peacefood Cafe

Strawberry Shortcake

Built on the belief that “peace begins on your plate,” vegan eatery Peacefood Cafe has been pleasing plant-based and carnivorous eaters alike for nearly a decade. At this roomy café, there’s always a crowd savoring award-winning chickpea fries, gourmet cheeseburgers, and raw cashew cheesecake. Visit this healthy hot spot to discover how peace—and content tummies—begins on Peacefood’s plates.

Third Rail Coffee

Third Rail Coffee

You won’t find fussy drinks at Third Rail Coffee, but with quality like this, you won’t miss the artificial extras. Here, baristas make classic coffee beverages, such as lattes, Cortados, and Americanos, with care for crowds enjoying the café’s photography displays and stylish décor, complete with exposed brick and industrial-style furniture. Serving up no-nonsense coffee and locally made goods, Third Rail Coffee tastes like New York City.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

As its name suggests, Stumptown Coffee Roasters takes the coffee-making process seriously. From its branches in various major North American cities (including two in New York), Stumptown’s Green Team travels to four different continents to support the company’s coffee producers and sample their products. The result of this hard work? A perfect cup of coffee, every time. Join the queue at the café’s West Village location to experience, perhaps for the first time, coffee made with care.

Caffe Reggio

For a taste of Old New York, look no further than Caffe Reggio, a historic Greenwich Village destination credited with conveying the cappuccino to the United States. The café’s European-leaning menu features Italian espresso, pasta dishes with homemade sauces, gourmet omelets, and more. Also offering relaxed service and artwork dating back to the Italian Renaissance, the area’s oldest café continues to be one of its best.

The Uncommons

Billing itself as “Manhattan’s only board game cafe,” The Uncommons offers elevated game night experiences for families, gamers, and curious caffeine lovers. Home to the East Coast’s largest library of tabletop games, the café’s collection features familiar classics as well as underground and indie selections. As you might expect, The Uncommons’ menu is as unique as the café’s concept and features peanut butter-flavored coffee, pigs in a blanket, and an impressive selection of craft beers.


At Pinterest-perfect coffee shop and general store THE ELK, specialty drinks and wholesome fare are served in a Northwestern-inspired environment. Admire the spot’s luxury candles, handmade greeting cards, and artisan skin care products before sitting down to enjoy steel-cut oatmeal, soft-scrambled eggs, and tuna melts made with sustainably caught fish and country bread.

Olive Tree Cafe

Situated above the famed Comedy Cellar, where amateurs and established talents share the stand-up stage, Olive Tree Cafe is a popular pick for late-night crowds. Enjoy the spot’s chalkboard-topped tables and silent screenings of Chaplin films before digging into Mediterranean menu items, including stuffed grape leaves, kebabs, fresh falafel, and hummus.

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