Italian coffee culture
pervades in New York City
. Espresso bars and coffee shops
dot the entire island of Manhattan, whose inhabitants’ urban lifestyle runs on caffeine. In fact, New York takes its espresso so seriously that Manhattan now has more independently-owned coffee shops than it does chains and Little Italy is no exception. Read on to find out what makes this charming neighborhood’s up and coming and classic cafés uniquely New York.
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This bright, minimalistic café rests on the outskirts of Chinatown, one street over from the bustle of Mulberry Street. Unassuming yet difficult to miss, Two Hands carries small bites and snacks, along with an array of coffee, tea, and juices. It is perfect for a light lunch, a refreshing break, or a place to spend the day chatting with friends.
Two Hands, 164 Mott Street, New York, NY, USA
Rather than just carrying coffee, Happy Bones stocks its walls with local art and publications. As a result, this café has a clean and artsy vibe, almost reminiscent of the New Museum. With an intimate vibe and size, this art café is a dream for creative types on the go.
Happy Bones, 394 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 673 3754
Caffé Palermo is a Little Italy institution, and has been since its opened its doors in 1973. Voted home of the best cannoli in New York, Caffé Palermo boasts a modest interior that transforms into magic at night, especially beneath the outdoor string lights on Mulberry Street. For both tourists and locals, there is hardly a better way to pass the time in this neighborhood than with a coffee, a cannoli, and the merriness of Mulberry Street.
Caffé Palermo, 148 Mulberry Street, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 431 4205
Counter Culture Coffee
A company from North Carolina known for their superb coffee roasting, Counter Culture Coffee is Manhattan’s flagship store. Visitors can stop by for weekly free cups or coffee tastings, and attend lectures on the art of brewing. However, rather than a café, Counter Culture is an educational space for serious java drinkers who want to learn more about the coffee making process.
Counter Culture Coffee, 376 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA