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The 10 Best Cafes In The West Village

The 10 Best Cafes In The West Village

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Updated: 9 February 2017
In a bustling city where minutes cost more than money, cafes are imperative to fueling the daily grind, and provide a necessary reprieve for those seeking a quiet, caffeinated moment. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best coffee shops in Manhattan’s charming West Village neighborhood.
View from the back of Grounded | © Emile Succar
View from the back of Grounded | © Emile Succar


Something of a coffee oasis, Grounded is definitely on the hipster end of the coffee shop scale; from baristas in beanies and sweatpants to The Virgins’ ‘Rich Girls’ playing in the background, retro couches, wooden benches, a coffee bar with red leather stools and an old, fully-stocked counter culture bookshelf. Grounded provides ample seating, both private and communal – the perfect place to meet friends, get some work done or relax with a book.They offer a wide selection of coffees and teas, wraps and sandwiches, and plenty of delicious baked goods. All treats are freshly made right there in front you, ideal for the food-conscious.

Grounded, 28 Jane Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 647 0943


The Elk | © Emile Succar
The Elk | © Emile Succar

The Elk

The Elk mixes the Pacific Northwest with Scandinavia giving a minimalist cabin feel and plenty of natural light. The Elk offers a selection of coffees and healthy bites, with five tables and a coffee bar looking out onto to Charles Street. Be sure to check out their home goods section with unique trinkets for sale.

The Elk, 128 Charles Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 933 4780


Jack's Coffee | © Emile Succar
Jack’s Coffee | © Emile Succar

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee is the kind of cafe where you can park your Vespa and relax with a strong, stirred brew. The colors and wall art compliment this coffee shop’s ‘cool’ persona, featuring framed, black and white photographs of ordinary people. While its calmer on weekdays when freelancers enjoy their coffee without the crowds, Saturday mornings are busy with chic families and groups of friends catching up. Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee also offers delicious croissants, cakes, bagels and yogurt from local shops and farms.

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, 138 West 10th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 929 0821

Whynot Bistro

You’ll know you’ve reached your coffee shop destination when you see the massive wooden door to Whynot Bistro. Inside, customers enjoy the sounds of jazz in the background with striking wall art and the smell of freshly-baking croissants. Order a strong latte and sit outside in the warmer months.

Whynot Bistro, 14 Christopher Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 756 4145

Joe Coffee

If you’re looking for a coffee shop that feels like your living room, Joe Coffee is your best bet. The inviting staff and communal seating create a positive vibe on the corner of Gay Street. Their outdoor benches are a neighborhood meeting spot where regulars catch up and enjoy a strong cup of coffee (artsy lattes are the order of the day) and a slice of banana walnut bread. Their no WiFi policy keeps this a place to socialize, not work.

Joe Coffee, 141 Waverly Place, New York, NY, USA +1 212 924 6750


Roasting Plant Coffee | © Emile Succar
Roasting Plant Coffee | © Emile Succar

Roasting Plant Coffee

This West Village cafe veteran provides a unique coffee-meets-technology experience. Pick your coffee from a wide selection of beans (baked and roasted on-site), showcased, ground and brewed in individual tubes right in front of you. Roasting Plant Coffee provides information about your coffee’s body, vivacity, flavor, processing, altitude and certification.

Roasting Plant Coffee, 75 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 775 7755


11th St. Cafe | © Emile Succar
11th Street Cafe | © Emile Succar

11th Street Cafe

Apart from delicious coffee, 11th Street Cafe has a wide selection of sandwiches and baked goods in its cozy space. Relax inside or enjoy your coffee outside on one of their benches in the warmer months. Alternatively, guests may opt for a cold beer or glass of wine.

11th Street Cafe, 327 West 11th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 924 3804


Kava Cafe's Interior | © Emile Succar
Kava Cafe’s Interior | © Emile Succar

Kava Cafe

Kava Cafe is located on the northern edge of the West Village on Washington Street between Gansevoort and Horatio. Unlike your typical coffee spot, Kava Cafe only provides bar-style seating. Choose from a selection of paninis and peronis, and enjoy your fare in their quaint outdoor garden.

Kava Café, 803 Washington Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 255 7495


Press Tea | © Emile Succar
Press Tea | © Emile Succar

Press Tea

Press Tea is a unique cafe where you can pair coffee and tea with ramen wrapped in a burrito and a paleo brownie. Located between Perry and Charles Street on 7th Avenue, their famous RamenRito is as delicious and unique as their pastry selection, which includes unusual goodies like green tea scones.

Press Tea, 167 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, USA +1 212 888 6666


Prodigy | © Emile Succar
Prodigy | © Emile Succar

Prodigy Coffee

Prodigy is fully focused on their coffee and pastry selection. Be sure to check out their taster wheel chart – they really want you to know what you are drinking. The decor is unique, with chandeliers and la belle époque mirrors alongside modern posters and a business-casual vibe.

Prodigy, 33 Carmine Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 414 4142