10 Healthly Spots To Get Your Caffeine Fix In Lower Manhattan
With an emphasis on eco-friendly and sustainable practices, O Café has LED/low consumption lighting, reclaimed wood furniture, 90 per cent compost production and best of all, fair-trade agriculture. Sourced from trusted suppliers, every drink on the menu is guaranteed to give you that feel-good factor. Try the matcha green tea latte for an alternative option – a natural immunity booster filled with antioxidants.
Small enough to be cozy but large enough to fit at least half of the Soho weekend crowd, Ground Support Café is one of the few coffee shops that hasn’t franchised and is committed to serving you the best cup of coffee every single time. Their most popular drink is arguably the almond milk latte, which is suitable for vegans. It’s smooth, potent and satisfying at any time of the day. Grab a cup and a seat by the window for casual people watching or perhaps meeting a local celebrity.
Bosie Tea Parlor
Nestled in the West Village, Bosie Tea Parlor offers a break from the bustle of the city with a selection of over 100 handpicked loose-leaf teas from their resident Tea Master. Whether you’re in for a bold black or a soothing white, there will always be something for you. In addition, you can enjoy a pastry, macaron or savory dish made fresh from carefully sourced ingredients. Located on a quiet side street, this is the perfect spot for Saturday afternoon tea.
Bosie Tea Parlor, 10 Morton Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 352 9900
While first established on Bleecker Street in 1907, Porto Rico Importing Co. has since expanded to open more branches across Lower Manhattan. The Lower East Side café is quieter than the others, as it is located inside the Essex Street Market, and offers the same high-quality coffee with incredible variety. When you walk in, you are greeted with dozens of bags filled with coffee beans, each one from a different region with a distinct taste. Feel free to ask the knowledgeable staff about origin and best uses. You can buy fresh beans and have them ground in-store, or get a ‘dirty’ chai latte to go, a variation on the traditional chai latte with an added shot of espresso – the perfect combination of bitter and sweet.
Reinventing food on the basis that peace begins on your plate, Peacefood Café serves up some of the best vegan dishes, baked goods and drinks. Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll want to head over for a coffee-free ginger soy latte. The ginger provides you with all the antibacterial goodness you need while the soymilk gives it a smooth, rich consistency. It’s light enough to leave room for you to try one of their raw desserts on the way out; the key lime pie is a local favorite.
Peacefood Café, 41 East 11th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 979 2288